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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerry Spinelli Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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George, aka “Suds,” has just entered third grade, and he’s heard the rhyme about “first grade babies / second grade cats / third grade angels / fourth grade rats,” but what does this mean for his school year? It means his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded “the halo,” given to the student who is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he’s finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he anticipated. Does he have to be good even outside of school? (Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister?) And if Mrs. Simms doesn’t actually see him doing a good deed, does it even count?

A warm, funny return to elementary school from master storyteller Spinelli.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spinelli’s careful characterizations give the story its emotional honesty, and Suds’ obsession with snagging the halo—and his resulting angst—inspire some genuinely funny moments…Nicely developed adult figures, including Suds’ mother and Mrs. Simms, add to the story’s comedy and warmhearted quality…An entertaining lead-in to this earnest hero’s fourth-grade year.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Spinelli works in some interesting concepts, such as levels of niceness (positive actions versus cessation of negative actions) and the questionable value of goal-oriented goodness. A prequel to Spinelli’s Fourth Grade Rats (1991), this accessible chapter book features a simply written, first-person narrative and believable, true-to-third-grade characters.”


  • “Spinelli lets readers into Suds’ eight-year-old mind without condescension. His problems and concerns are treated comically but with genuine kindness. Suds is innocent, gullible and trusting; he is also entirely good-hearted. Young readers will recognize Suds as one of their own and will gladly follow him to fourth grade. Sweet and funny.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Steph | 2/17/2014

    " Not interesting... disappointing. If you're going to write a chapter book for 3rd graders, you've got to hook them. Nothing was funny, or myseterious... maybe the idea would have been better as a picture book? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ingrid | 2/3/2014

    " Suds has begun the third grade and his teacher, Mrs. Sims challenges the students to behave like angels and have the privilege to wear a halo and be the boss angel for a week. Suds very much wants to be the first one to win the halo. This is a fun story and also has a nice message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lora | 2/2/2014

    " A very sweet story about being a good person and the value in it. Especially when no one is looking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rosalind Bright | 1/31/2014

    " Great lesson to learn "

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