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Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

(Wayside School #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  20,273 ratings  ·  621 reviews
Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, now available in ebook format!  This early middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 3 to 5, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child enterta ...more
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Published April 4th 2017 by HarperCollins (first published April 27th 1995)
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Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fulfilling my vow to read all the sequels i never knew existed to books i loved when i was little.

Miss Zarves taught the class on the nineteenth story. There is no nineteenth story. And there is no Miss Zarves.

You already know all that.

But how do you explain the cow in her classroom?

so, back in 2017 i decided to reread books i had loved when i was a little middle-grader, one for each month of the year. and while cheerfully on that path, i made a startling discovery: many of these beloved books o
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody. But read the others first.
Dad: Eleanor (the other kids will probably be here in a minute), did I tell you that this one was my favorite of the 3 Wayside books?

Eleanor: Yeah... I think so... This might be my favorite of the 3 Wayside books, too.

D: Why is that, El?

E: Um. Because. Because I like that Mrs. Jewls (view spoiler)

D: I'm going to put a spoiler around that, ok?

E: Ok. It's just hard because my favorite part's at the end...

D: Gwennie, did you know this was my favorite of the 3 Way
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember getting my copy of Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger from the Scholastic Book Club and getting really excited because the cover glowed in the dark! But this isn’t the same cover. In this book, we get to learn more about Louis the Yard Teacher such as how his mean teacher tormented him and he even gets a little love story. A cute scene is when the kids are giving Louis advice about how to win a women over like telling her she’s got eyes like the moon or bringing her candy and flowe ...more
Loved the first two in the series as a child. Didn't know this one existed, but decided to go ahead and read this one also. Delightful like the others! ...more
[2021 update(!)] By virtue of being basically the only book at this reading level I already owned, this is officially the first chapter book my oldest kid is reading on his own. Which, um, might not be the most appropriate introduction to literary independence for a 5-year-old. But might also be perfect???

[2005 review.] Another book I loved from childhood but didn't remember much about. It's aged a bit younger than some of his other stuff -- Holes and There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom. It's s
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading this book. Not sure why I never read it but now I'm glad that I did. There's more of a linear story line to this book more than the others. The first book introduces us to the characters and has little antidotes to them, the second book continues with that, and this one expands the universe. The kids on the 30th floor seem to have the same luck with teachers as Hogwarts did with Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers! Each one is weird in some way. Mrs. Jewls is a q ...more
Jinjin Mori
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wayside School gets a Little Stranger

Wayside school is a thirty floor building with no nineteenth floor. Mrs. Zarves teaches on the nineteenth floor .There is no Mrs. Zarves. Understand? Good.
Wayside School gets a Little Stranger is a creative and comical book about a teacher named Ms.Jewls and her class. In the story, Ms.Jewls gets pregnant, and the class gets many substitutes, along with many adventures.
I recommend this book to ages 6-11, though adults will find it just as comical. This book
Makayla Rehbein
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is my book I'm going to tell you about it is called Wayside school gets a little stranger. It's about a school that has to shut down for awhile to have repairs done on it. Some of the children would come by and look at the sign that was hang up on the door then they would just walk away from it. Louis the janitor would watch the kids come and go then he would get back to work on the school. When ever the school finally closed for awhile the children were sent to other school for awhile tell ...more
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids at heart
Weird, illogical, goofy and crazy, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger is hilarious . It's just the kind of book which tickles my funny bone because it's just so, well, strange .

Your school consists of 30 stories, each story with only one classroom, and the elevator only goes up but never down. Wait, don't forget that there's no nineteenth floor but you could swear you can hear cows from there.. Your dentist is a hypnotist, and your substitute teacher has 3 nostrils. God, I just loved the cr
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
From the moment you hear Mr. Gorf (whose voice is described as a braying donkey's with a French accent) say, "Mrs. Gorf was my mommy..." You know this book's gonna be horrifically AWESOME.

Continuing the awesomeness where the previous two books left off, the Waysiders are back, post-cow, and are ready for more craziness. Another great read, and hilarious to boot. There is an extraordinarily evil substitute with a third, psychic ear, and our usual visit to Miss Zarves on the Nineteenth Floor.

Um, I
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
I love this book, but I find myself missing Mrs. Jewls while reading it. Still, the chapter about pets is one of the funniest things ever, and it's always good to hear more about Louis. Not my favorite Wayside School book, but that's like saying it's not my favorite kind of candy. It's still delicious, even if I like the others better. ...more
Rachel B
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fiction

I love the Wayside books. They're some of the funniest, silliest books available for kids.

This one focuses more on the substitute teachers in Mrs. Jewls' class than on the kids, and I just didn't love it as much as I did the first two.
It is interesting with the different teachers and how they taught
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one gets a little dark and the ending isn't quite as satisfying as the previous books, but still some really fun chapters. ...more
I like this book. It's weird and zany, and doesn't have a plot or really a theme. It's just about how weird a 30 story school can be. I can think of a theme for one of the characters, though. The theme of Wendy, one of the substitutes with 3 ears, is to never give up, and be willing to change. ...more
Erica Clou
Not as good as the first two but nice to see the adults’ lives progress.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, library, 3-stars
I had originally planned on reading all three Wayside books as close together as possible, but that kind of petered out. I think that it might be because the last two were missing the nostalgia factor the first holds for me.

I really like how clever these books are, like you kind of have to pay attention because sometime the setup is in one chapter, and the payoff is a few chapters later. And the chapter with the pets was pretty neat, naturally I had to read it a second time to make sense of it.
Sean Torres
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! Most of the time it made me laugh. It is not a long book it is just 168 pages, but only like 2 pages didn't make me laugh. So it is a pretty funny book. Even though it is only 168 pages you will still know their names because you cant just forget. I don't laugh at a lot of stuff, but this book made me laugh so hard that I almost peed in myself. Also, it really good illustrations. ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truely amazing.
The second one is better than the first one, and this one is far better than the second one. I really loved it.
Warning; Once you get your hands on this Wayside school series, you can't stop until you finish them all!
Idrishia Curnal
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was great and it had a lot of detail and it explained every movement a character made and I cant wait to read the next edition.It was also cool because the school was really high and it was hard for the students to go downstairs and play.
My daughter really likes this series and enjoyed this book, although I think some things went over her head. Personally I enjoyed reading this one more than Wayside School Is Falling Down. It seemed more fun.
Jenny B
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so great. I really can't help but laughing whenever I read the chapter with all the pets in it. ...more
Louis Sachar is a master storyteller. I love this book. I love everything about it; there is literally not a single thing I can think of that is wrong with it.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor-book
Sachar,Louis. Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. (1995) Digital Edition (2019)

A 30-story school with a classroom on each floor! Impossible! However, that’s the premise of Louis Sachar’s Wayside School series, a collection of stories about a unique and unusual elementary school.
In this novel, the Wayside School has been closed for repairs for 234 days and all the students are returning for their first day back. One student missed the school so much, that instead of greeting his friends, he ra
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final Wayside School book...

While I'm sad I didn't read these ridiculous books as a kid, I now rest assured that I can get these books for various children in my life and subject them to the hilarious adventure that is Wayside School. A thirty-one story school with one classroom on each level. Except for level 19. There is no level 19. Just imagining the kids running up and down thirty one sets of stairs is a pretty great image.

I think this book was the one that got the most laughs out of me
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best (that I've read) of the Wayside books. This one has a plot running throughout, instead of being mostly disconnected vignettes.

Mrs. Jewls is pregnant, so the kids go through a series of evil substitutes, each of whom they either have to get rid of or reform. The longest plot involves Louis's old teacher, Mrs. Drazil, and the kids are pretty creative about it.

Enjoyable how every substitute's name backwards is an animal: Gorf, Drazil, and Nogard. Sachar likes palindromes and wordplay for s
Nolan Pennington
Third time's the charm even when the charm has already charmed twice! Everything you knew before or thought you may know or didn't understand comes to a head. Trying to explain the plot or lack thereof in these books is like interpreting a Picasso and explaining its significance. Everyone will come out with a different interpretation and/or with a different meaning. With that in mind this entry still feels like a third installment of a larger story. It's best to come in to this world knowing not ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 stars
This book is just as good as the others. While the other 2 kind of didn't really have a plot line, more like chapter length separate stories, this one had the plot line of Mrs. Jewels having a baby and the multiple substitute teachers the class has in her absence. Most of the substitutes have something to do with characters in the previous books, or something mentioned in the other books which was super fun.
This book was just as humorous and adorable as I remember!
This book was so HILARIOUS. It is one of the funniest books that I have read.
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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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  • Wayside School Is Falling Down (Wayside School #2)
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