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Justin Fisher Declares War! by James Preller
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Read from June 23 to 28, 2010

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 but common story about a regular kid acting out who just needs a hand. Preller handles sensitive issues with dignity. Kids will identify with Justin's eagerness to be liked and his snarky jokes. A good book for a classroom read. Recommended to fans of Alvin Ho by Lenore Look and Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

- Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library
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