Synopses & Reviews
A fast, fun, friendship read from the Newbery-award winning author of Maniac Magee.
Fourth graders are tough. They aren't afraid of spiders. They say no to their moms. They push first graders off the swings. And they never, ever cry.
Suds knows that now that he's in fourth grade, he's supposed to be a rat. But whenever he tries to act like one, something goes wrong. Can Suds's friend Joey teach him to toughen up...or will Suds remain a fourth grade wimp?
From the 1991 Newbery Medal-winning author of Maniac Magee. "Rats" aren't afraid of spiders, don't carry babyish lunch-boxes, and never cry. But Fourth-grader Suds wishes he were still a third grade angel. "A funny, believable, pithy look at peer pressure and growing up that will strike a familiar note with children".--Publishers Weekly.
About the Author
Jerry Spinelli won the Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee, one of his more than 25 acclaimed books for young readers. He now lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Eileen Spinelli, who is also an author of children's books.