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There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  20,379 ratings  ·  1,809 reviews
Bradley Chalkers is the oldest kid in the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls. No one likes him—except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. But when you feel like the most-hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be th ...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Ingram (first published 1987)
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Chris Self-defeatism. You'll note that when it comes to his grades, he prefers to purposely fail his assignments rather than try his hardest and fail anyway…moreSelf-defeatism. You'll note that when it comes to his grades, he prefers to purposely fail his assignments rather than try his hardest and fail anyway. I assume his social life is the same; he'd rather make people hate him than try to get people to like him and be rejected anyway.

Fortunately for him, Carla saw right through his tactics.(less)
Nicole Catalan Louis is actually not dead (thank god), but it's most likely that there's not going to be a sequel to this book in the near future):…moreLouis is actually not dead (thank god), but it's most likely that there's not going to be a sequel to this book in the near future):(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, Louis Sachar

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom is a 1987 juvenile fiction book from the author Louis Sachar. The title comes from a point when a character, Jeff, accidentally enters the girls' bathroom while trying to go to the school counselor's office when a teacher gives him the wrong directions and is horribly embarrassed by it.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سوم ماه سپتامبر سال 2007میلادی

عنوان: ته کلاس، ردیف آخر، صندلی آخر؛ نویسنده: لوئیس ساکر؛ مترجم: پروین
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Mrs. Kent :)
This is a kid's book, but I love it so much. When I was in third grade, my teacher, Mrs. Kent, read it to our class. When she got to a certain part, she was crying so hard, she couldn't read, so she called me up to read that part. I told my mom how good it was, and we took turns reading from it to each other, finishing the whole thing in a few hours. The summer when I was 19, I somehow remembered it, bought it, and read it again. I later read it to my husband on a car trip, and he really liked i ...more
Oct 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Holes or Louis Sachar in general
As a teacher, I read a lot of juvenile fiction and much of it is good! Some of it is forgettable, but this book is not. I love this book.
This book is about Bradley Chalkers. Bradley is a bully. Bradley is a behavior problem. He doesn't do his homework, classwork...anything. Teachers pass him from grade to grade just so that don't have to teach him again. Now, he's in 5th grade and his school hires a counselor named Miss Davis, or Carla, as she likes to be called. The rest, as they say, is histor
It's a shame the title is so ridiculous, because the book itself is not. It's an honest and insightful look in to what makes a person "good" or "bad" and how one changes the way others perceive him. It also shows beautifully the difference that adults can make on the lives and self-images of children--either to help them or to hurt them (hopefully unintentionally).

My strongest emotions at the end of this were anger and gratitude. The portrayal of the school system in this book is heartbreaking.
Jun 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grade 4-7, esp "different" kids
Shelves: jbooks
I really loved the way the intensity of Bradley was captured- and I went up and down with him as he made progress, then went backward, then forward again. There are so many beautiful touches: his absurdly long list of topics to talk about, his talking stuffed animals, the picture of the monster with the heart....

I was pleasantly suprised by this book, because the cover didn't indicate to me it would be so intense or layered. (The cover is a large, fairly realistic rendering of a surprised boy's
Having blown through the Wayside books with my girls, I thought I'd pick up another Louis Sachar book. Holes is off limits - Liz and I have set some ground rules with what we allow ourselves to read out loud to the kids.

I saw this book and thought: WOAH. That's by Louis Sachar? No way! I'd always seen this lying around at home - in my sisters room. (A room covered in books.) I was also slightly embarrassed by the cover, which may help explain why I'd never read it.

Then, half-way through the book
Oct 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from April 2014
I will never not love this book. Also, Louis Sachar forever.
While I was rereading this book for the 10,000th time in my life, I was thinking that this book probably taught me a lot about empathy when I was younger. All kids should learn to have empathy. To put themselves in another person's shoes. To try to understand somebody's motivations. To be nice. It's important. The end.

Review from October 2007
I don't know why lately, but I've had problems committing myself to seriou
Ms. K
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a perfect read-aloud book, one I'd seen in classrooms for ages but never actually read until my coteacher suggested it. And she was right. There's so much to have deeper conversations around with our class.

Bradley, the 'bad kid', is everyone's idea of a nightmare, but the book slowly lets you in to see exactly how low his self-esteem is. I loved seeing Bradley alone in his room, using his model animals to allow himself to actually feel what he's feeling instead of just yelling ...more
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
At first I thought this would be the usual story of the problem child in the classroom learning to be good and making friends but the story didn't take the straight path from A-B.

The character development was much stronger than I expected in such a short book and there was no easy attribution of black hats and white hats.
Bradley's family was quite pleasant and not to blame for his behaviour and the teachers though obviously exasperated with him were also more than happy to respond to any improve
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Meritt began her 3312 class by reading a couple of chapters a day from this book. I looked forward to this time every day. The book has such a great message! It is about a boy named Bradley Chalkers who no one likes. He is known as the trouble maker throughout the school He goes through a lot of struggles and never seems to think that he can do good. A counselor comes to the school and becomes Bradley's best friend. She makes such a difference in his life and the other children begin to lik ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 10 year old brother LOVES Louis Sachar and so I keep reading his books to see what all the fuss is about! This book was brilliant.... Everything just worked; it made me smile, and it made my brother cry (but don't tell him I told you!). It didn't blow my mind or anything, because I am a few years above the target age, but it was still pretty great! ...more
Sep 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Bradley Chalkers life at school and home.Bradley's school life is no better than his home life because he has problems both places like at school he has three girls that don't like him and Bradley doesn't like them because they say hey to Jeff(Bradley's best friend or shall I say ex-bestfriend.At home Bradley has it bad with his sister and his dad because his sister always picks at him and his dad doesn't let get away with stuff as easy as his mom.Bradley Chalker's teacher doe ...more
Dani Butler
Feb 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children (8-12), young at heart, troubled children
Shelves: childhood
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Eddie Owens
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Scotty Conley
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's a boy in the girls bathroom someone screams. That's how you know when things are about to get interesting!!! And when a new boy from Washington D. C. Joins a class to find a bully, some annoying girls, and a new counselor who doesn't believe in accidents!!! You'll just have to read it to find out in "there's a boy in the girls bathroom" by Louis Sachar. ...more
Sophia Liu
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was okay and I would’ve given it a 5 stars, but the the only reason I gave it a 4 was because the title doesn’t really match with the whole book. I mean there were boys in the girl’s bathroom, but there was also girls in the boy’s bathroom. If the title actually makes sense, I would have gave the book 5 stars
Mar 18, 2009 added it
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Babyh by: my third grade teacher
I love this book sooooo much I can read it a thousand times and I wont get tired of it! The first time I read it (well actually they read it to me) I was in the third grade and I loved it. I have 3 copies of it and I just absolutaly love it. My favorite character is Bradley Chalkers and he is the main one too. He is my favorite character because I think he is really funny and towards the end of the story he like starts getting to know himself more and discoveres secrets about himself that he had ...more
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I remember when I was a little kid, the teacher would read this book to the whole class. Eventually as the days pass, I tried to read this book by myself and as I looked through my classmate's updates, I found this book. Amazingly, I still remember this book and what it was clearly about.
In my elementary school, I can relate this back to the book. Indeed there were some kids that did not enjoy school and tend to fail everything and disrupt the class while in class discussions. I believe that, th
Raha Shirley
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students who hate school, parents who have rebel kids
Even that I'm 15 and this book is for kids, I liked it so much. I Wish I read it when I was younger. Why did I never try to read more before? Any way I really enjoy this book and this is the first book that I read in just 4 hours. ~ A NEW RECORD ~

Favorite character: Carla
least favorite character: Jeff

I like how Bradley's behaviors changed through the book , how he tried not to be a monster, These all changed my mood in a good way.
Rachel {bibliopals}
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
First summer read aloud with the kids done. I read this book to me class when I taught 3rd grade. I love how Sachar portrays Bradley Chalkers and how simple things do make all the difference in the life of a kiddo. Makes me cry every time I read it. ☺️
Had some great discussions with my kids. ♥️

-does about early boy girl interactions (ie first boy/girl birthday party, girl thinks boy is cute, ...)
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this one.
Its a beautiful heart warming story about A boy called Jeff has just started a new school. In his class there is a boy called Bradley. Nobody likes Bradley. also new to the school is Carla a counsellor who both must visit. Bradley hates her and thinks she's always trying to trick him into misbehaving to get him into trouble. - Sometime the hardest think in this world is believing in yourself.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is another one I think about a lot. Today I saw some chipped ceramic animals tossed in the garbage. I thought, "No! Bradley Chalkers would take them in, name them and create scenarios that would offset the loneliness and isolation that he feels amongst his peers!" ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was the funniest book ever it has an awesome message and it is kind of said but it was an awesome book. So i gave this book 5 STARS!
Daniel Williamson
Very good 👍 And Funny 😆 Totally Recommend it
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
"They call him a monster, and everyone treats him like a monster, and after a while, he starts believing it himself."

As a 30-year old man (albeit with the taste, mentality, and body build of 12-year old), I suppose I have no business reading this book, which is clearly aimed at pre-teen readers. And yet, I believe there’s a lot of value you from reading this kind of story as an adult and re-visit the time when you’re at the protagonist’s age.

Louis Sachar’s Holes was the one of the most inventiv
Omar Magdi
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I nearly cried in the end of this one. It's a book that wipe the border line between the writer and the reader, so you could finally sit in the reader's head and live the story. ...more
Franzi Robinsôn
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I chose this book to read because I found it in my shelf collecting dust. I've read this book years and years ago.

When I was in year 7 we had to do a novel study. At that time I HATED reading, it was my least favourite thing to do and I refused to read the book. The book wasn't "There's a boy in the girls' Bathroom" but it was from the same author Louis Sachar. The book was called "Holes". Like I have said in my previous reviews I usually judge the book by their cover, and the book "Holes" had
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Though he’s more well-known for “Wayside School”, I know Louis Sachar best for “There’s A Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom”.

This book…is a difficult one. I don’t hate it like I hated “Blubber”, but it gets VERY uncomfortable at certain points. Bradley's general social awkwardness tends to strike too much of a chord with me, his behavior makes me cringe before he turns it around, and if I went into how much I hated the subplot of the parents bitching about Carla Davis we'd be here forever.

But in spite
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book without any idea of what it was about. I wasn't even sure of the genre. We can only assume it was in the sales or something, some offer or whatever!

I wanted a short book to get my count up and the name intrigued me, so I dipped in a little earlier in the day (yesterday, as it's now almost 2am), and read bits at work. Seeing as it IS, in fact, a kid's book, it was quick to get through when I managed to pick it up.

Despite being a kids book, it does actually centre around se
Sarah Adamson
This was a tough one. It’s on my daughter’s summer reading list for going into 4th grade. I hadn’t read it so checked it out from the library.
I anticipated it being about a transgender kid until I noticed the publication date. And then I was disappointed. I wanted the book to be dealing with a current real issue.
I forced myself to read it.


I’m not actually sure where to start.
It started as the sort of book I don’t really like - there are mean kids and bad kids and some of them are full of to
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

Louis was born in East Meadow, New York, in 1954. When he was nine, he moved to Tustin, California. He went to college at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1976, as an economics major. The next year, he wrote his first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School .

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