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Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
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This was a cute little story--you really feel for the main character not wanting to grow up and be what a fourth grader--a "rat"--is supposed to be. With his friend pressuring him to say no to his mother and bully younger kids as a way of maturing, he feels like he'd rather stay where he is or go backwards, but he also realizes the girl he likes is impressed by the daredevil behavior his best friend demonstrates, and he's not sure what to do. I like that they make it clear maturity isn't contingent on pressing your emotions down and being mean to other people. (Especially crying at E.T. Haha.) I'm kinda sad that the protagonist was "inspired" to be a jerk because of wanting to impress a girl. (Personally, as a little girl, I was never impressed at all by boys being able to endure pain or handle bugs. I was like, "that boy is gross.")

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Reading Progress

August 18, 2008 – Shelved
June 15, 2019 – Started Reading
June 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

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