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Flying solo / by Ralph Fletcher.

By: Fletcher, Ralph J.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Clarion Books, c1998Description: 138 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0395873231; 9780395873236.Subject(s): Schools -- Juvenile fiction | Teachers -- Juvenile fiction | Selective mutism -- Juvenile fiction | Death -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.F632115 | Fl 1998PS3556.L523 | F59 1998Summary: Rachel, having chosen to be mute following the sudden death of a classmate, shares responsibility with the other sixth-graders who decide not to report that the substitute teacher failed to show up.
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Rachel, having chosen to be mute following the sudden death of a classmate, shares responsibility with the other sixth-graders who decide not to report that the substitute teacher failed to show up.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Fletcher follows members of a sixth-grade class through a day when their substitute teacher never shows. The students decide not to report that they are alone and to run the class by themselves. Personal issues are woven into the day's events. Rachel has been mute since a classmate who had an annoying, unrequited crush on her died six months before. Bastian, an Air Force brat used to moving, has to decide whether to subject his beloved puppy to a lengthy quarantine when he moves to Hawaii the following day. Sean's alcoholic father and unnurturing home life make him too shy to express his feelings, especially his crush on Rachel. Karen, a natural leader and "good child," takes the reins in the class, making her own evaluations of right and wrong. Jessica, whose parents are judgmental, can't get past her fear of recrimination to enjoy the class' freedom. The students learn about themselves and one another, and several issues are resolved by the end of the day (e.g., Rachel speaks, Bastian gives his puppy to Sean). The resolutions are simple but not pat, the prose is economical but not sparse, and the characters are developed as sketches rather than in-depth portraits, which helps keep the book moving briskly. The premise will make the novel easy to booktalk. Not a must-have, but a worthwhile purchase.-July Siebecker, Hubbard Memorial Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Ralph Fletcher is the author of many well-received books for children, including the novels Fig Pudding and Flying Solo , and the picture books Twilight Comes Twice , Grandpa Never Lies , and Circus Surprise . He lives with his family in New Hampshire. Visit him online at ralphfletcher.com.

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