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Stuey Lewis Against All Odds: Stories from the Third Grade
What You Need to Know: • Stuey Lewis Against All Odds is a welcome new series for the early chapter book set. This is the second book in the
• Stuey, now in third grade, is navigating social and emotional issues in this funny, sincere collection of four stories.
• Stuey Lewis is sure to be a hit with both boys and girls and especially with reluctant readers.
• Schoenberg has a real talent for creating authentic situations and true-to-life characters. Young readers
will identify with and relate to them.
Sweet Book Summary: Be sure to file Stuey Lewis Against All Odds in the category of sequels that don't disappoint! In the first book, The One and Only Stuey Lewis, Stuey survives second grade triumphantly. In these four interconnected stories, Stuey finds himself dealing with lots more adventures in the third grade. Firstly, Stuey has to transport his entire class into space; then Stuey has to survive a cross country flight with just his airsick brother. He has to figure out the best mother's day gift with just 73 cents to his name, and finally, Stuey has to figure out what to bring to the class pet show when he doesn't have a pet! Those are a lot of challenges for one third grade boy, but Stuey figures it all out brilliantly with the help of his mom, his terrific teacher Ginger, his best friend Will and even his big brother Anthony.
I love that Schoenberg's characters and situations are so authentic. Children relate to honesty and that's what Schoenberg gives them. Stuey isn't perfect, but he sure is resourceful. Each story has just the right amount of suspense to keep the readers engaged, especially reluctant ones. This series strength lies in the fact that it deals with subjects near and dear to children's hearts, including friendships, the school day, sibling situations, and more. Stuey's mom is a single mom, and his dad lives in Atlanta. Schoenberg handles the subject of divorce with a light hand, very appropriately for this age group. I look forward to many more Stuey adventures!
Take a look at the terrific book trailer to get a feel for Stuey! *
*Courtesy of Macmillan Children's Books
Author: Jane Schoenberg Illustrator: Cambria Evans Published: 2012, 144 pages Themes: Friendship, Humor, Adventure, School, Books for Boys, Divorce
Sweet Discussion Questions: • Stuey has some exciting escapades. Have you ever had to come up with any creative activities? What were they?
• Do you think your classroom is like Stuey's classroom? Why or why not?
• How about your teacher - is he/she anything like Ginger? How?
• Is there anyone in your classroom like Lilly? How do you deal with that person?
• Do you have a friend like Will? How is your friendship with that person similar to Stuey and Will's? How is it different?
• Do you have any brothers or sisters? Do you work together to solve problems like Anthony and Stuey? Why
or why not?
• Do you have a pet? If not, what would you do if your class had a Class Pet Contest?