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Justin Fisher Declares War!

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Fifth grade is no joke! James Preller takes on the class clown in this new school story, full of humor, hijinks, and heart.

At Spiro Agnew Elementary, the fifth graders rule the school. And class clown Justin Fisher rules them all.

Or, at least, he did.

Justin has always been the funniest kid in school. But this year, his new teacher isn't amused. And when Justin gets in trou
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Jan 26, 2016 VY rated it liked it
Justin has spent 3rd and 4th Grade being the class clown, but when he gets to 5th Grade, he finds that the jokes that he's telling aren't quite as funny to his classmates anymore. They have formed cliques and friendships without Justin, and he is struggling to entertain everyone with his pranks and cutting comments. Trying to get a laugh out of his classmates is all Justin has ever known, but what happens when people don't find the class clown funny? This book is humorously written, although cou ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Luann rated it it was ok
This is a quick read that mostly just brought back frustrating memories of teaching a few students very much like Justin Fisher. So while this book is very realistic, I didn't find it very enjoyable. (view spoiler) This is a Grand Canyon Reader A ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok
My 9 year-old daughter looked at the cover of this book and told me she did not like it. (Neither did my 6 year-old son.) She wasn’t eager to read it either, but I convinced her to give it a try. We read about half-way and although I poured enthusiasm into the reading, when we got to the part where Justin, the main character, decides to swallow a live goldfish for money (it wasn’t even a dare) she told me to stop reading. I finished reading it later.

Of course, I understood why this book didn’t i
Aug 26, 2011 Mary rated it did not like it
Okay - for most of its length, this is a fairly pleasant light read about a child with impulse control. But, in a key scene, Justin, who has taken his little sister's pet goldfish to school without permission, swallows the goldfish on a dare. There are no consequences. That was it for me.

It isn't just that I have owned goldfish, and therefore know that they can learn, can feel pain and fear, and are even capable of "mourning" their companions. It's that extreme cruelty to an animal is presented
Feb 01, 2011 Cboatfield11 rated it really liked it
Ever since an incident in 3rd grade, Justin has decided that he must be the class clown. Now that he is in fifth grade, students and friends don’t think his shenanigans are so funny especially his teacher Mr. Tripp. Over the course of book Justin has to come to realize there are appropriate times to be funny. And that there is never an appropriate time to opening making fun of people. The school talent show is coming up and Justin decides he should be the MC. Most of the students feel he is only ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Oct 14, 2010 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
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Fifth grade is turning out to be a lot different than fourth grade. Justin Fisher is used to being the class clown, but his new teacher is treating him like a troublemaker. What was once funny and earned him a round of laughter, now is getting him sent to the Principal's office.

Justin is determined to come out the winner in his self-declared war against Mr. Tripp. How can a guy with a goofy mustache really expect kids to take him se
Oct 23, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
Justin Fisher is a triumph of immaturity. Not that he realizes it, because he lacks the maturity to do so. No, Justin sees himself as the class clown, filling a necessary role for the good of others (laughter) and to fit in so he doesn't get mocked. Unfortunately, fifth grade is turning out to be a bigger challenge than any grade before. For one thing, his teacher has absolutely no sense of humor. For another, none of his classmates seem to find humor in his antics anymore. Things are wrong in f ...more
Nov 25, 2010 Alyssa rated it liked it
Justin has lots of friends. He is the class clown, after all. But when he starts fifth grade, Justin starts to notice that he's bugging other kids, not entertaining them. Like when he declares war on his new teacher, Mr. Tripp. When Justin antagonizes Mr. Tripp in class, the other kids don't laugh; they turn against him. All Justin knows how to do is be a clown--he can't stop. So there's only one way to win everyone back to his side: up the ante. He has to be even funnier, all while avoiding Mr. ...more
Gr 4-6
Justin Fisher is lonely. Last year, he was the Class Clown, now, in 5th grade, he's somehow turned into the Class Jerk. His antics in class and out are not getting him laughs, they're getting him in trouble. As Justin is sent to the principle over and over, he gets more and more desperate to fit in. Fortunately, with the help of an understanding teacher and a new friend, Justin learns how to be funny without being mean and saves the day at the school's Talent Show. Justin Fisher is a quiet
Mar 20, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
Kids who read this book will most likely recognize Justin Fisher -- he's the somewhat annoying class clown who tries just a bit too hard to make everyone laugh (and often at someone else's expense). Some readers will even recognize themselves in the character. Preller's short, funny but touching story provides a window into what it actually feels like to be that class clown. There's not a lot of depth here (much less than Preller's book for older teens, Bystander), but I think it would be a good ...more
Addison Children
Feb 10, 2014 Addison Children rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
Justin, the fifth grade class clown, notices that his humor isn't playing to the class like it used to. With the help of an extremely understanding teacher things get better.
Jan 07, 2015 Charlotte rated it liked it
It was alright. Not one of my favorites.
NewFranklin School
This book is very realistic - Justin Fisher has been the class clown for years, but now ... well, his classmates have had enough and are just annoyed. They're no longer laughing, and it's no longer fun for anyone. But Justin just doesn't know how else to be. And Justin's new 5th grade teacher is having none of it. What is he going to do?

One of the things I found interesting is the way Justin doesn't really seem to have any adults he can talk to. I wondered if that was true for other kids like J
Fifth-grader Justin has always been the class clown but this year not only is his teacher not tolerating his hijinks, his classmates also are turning on him. Can he change his ways before he becomes friendless and in permanent detention? Fun, short book that will appeal to boys (and girls) who find themselves in Justin's situation. Lessons are learned but in a painless, realistic, and non-preachy way. The only thing I really didn't like was what happened to the goldfish, but I may be overly sens ...more
Apr 11, 2010 Claire rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 3rd to 5th grade, easy reading
A decent book for the 3rd to fifth grades, could be read aloud in class. Justin has an infamous first day when he arrives mid year in third grade and decides to adopt the persona of the school clown to survive his embarrassment.
Now, in fifth grade the one line pot shots so popular in television sit-coms just aren't flying with his new teacher, or frankly, his classmates.
How Justin copes with changing his role and restoring his personality is a struggle we can all learn something from.
Nov 12, 2010 Erica rated it liked it
Fifth-grader, Justin, jokes all the time and is always in trouble. It started when he was the new kid in third grade, but now that he is in fifth grade, his jokes are not so funny. I thought the book started out a bit too slow, and as a teacher I found the character to be extremely annoying. But I liked how the threads were tied together in the end. I would rec for 4-6 grade boys who like to joke around.
I really hated this book. I hate to say that about any book but I found very little to enjoy in this one. Justin Fisher is one of the least likable characters I have ever encountered in a novel. He's rude, he's selfish, and he has no empathy for others. Though the novel is only 135 pages long I found it near impossible to get through. An unfortunate book all in all.
Erin Sterling
Jan 26, 2011 Erin Sterling rated it liked it
Justin Fisher has always been the class clown, but now that he's in fifth grade, no one seems to think he's that funny anymore. Especially not his teacher. Short, well-written voice of a fifth-grader who doesn't get why his behavior may be out-of-control. Tamer (and perhaps younger) Joey Pigza readalike. Good story, great characters, good ending.
Virginia Brace
Jan 18, 2011 Virginia Brace rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised with this book because I thought it was going to be just another story of the out of control ADHD fifth grader, but Justin seemed to mature as the story unfolded. He learned how to be funny but not hurtful. He learned how to be humorous but not be the problem all the time. I liked him!
Jan 17, 2011 Annie rated it really liked it
Some characters in common with Along Came Spider, but not a sequel. I like this book much more. Justin Fisher's character is believable, and the adults are well-drawn, too. Some parts of this book are very funny.
Feb 16, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2011
Funny, and a good message for kids. But the title and back blurb were very misleading as to what the story was about, and I'm not sure that a child reading the book would understand the message.
Pleasant enough, but this book tries just a little bit too hard. I'm kind of sick of stories about the class troublemaker, and this one doesn't particularly stand out.
book would be a great springboard for discussion on good/bad choices, clowning around in school, bullying, etc. humorous, good lesson for readers
Aug 09, 2010 Kirby rated it it was ok
The title led me to expect more conflict and drama. I liked the subplot of Justin seeing his teacher as a person with problems and struggles.
Brenda Kahn
Jan 13, 2012 Brenda Kahn rated it liked it
I love companion novels that explore a minor character. As usual, Preller's ear for authentic dialogue is spot on.
Nihal Dayal
Apr 05, 2012 Nihal Dayal rated it it was amazing
I can't imagine how bad behaved a young child can be! Definitely a recommendation.
Feb 18, 2011 Dale rated it it was amazing
I think that book was funny because justin was the class clown.
Dec 11, 2010 Marci rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit
good for reluctant readers, especially boys
Kate Hastings
Feb 16, 2014 Kate Hastings marked it as to-read
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James Preller (born 1961) is the children's book author of the Jigsaw Jones Mysteries, which are published by Scholastic Corporation. He grew up in Wantagh, New York and went to college in Oneonta, New York. After graduating from college in 1983, James Preller was employed as a waiter for one year before being hired as a copywriter by Scholastic Corporation, where he was introduced (through their ...more
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