Charlie Bumpers vs. the End of the Year
Charlie Bumpers vs. the End of the Year

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Series: Charlie Bumpers Vol. 7   

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Annotation: Charlie is cooking up some wacky plans to keep his friend Hector from returning to Chile, but when he learns that some c... more
Catalog Number: #209646
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 160
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-682-63162-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7526-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-682-63162-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7526-7
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Believe it or not, Charlie Bumpers has had the best fourth grade year! In fact, he doesn't want it to end because that will bring unwanted changes: his good friend, Hector, will move back to Chile; and Charlie has heard frightful things about fifth grade. As in his previous six fourth-grade adventures, Charlie acts without much planning and happily falls to scheming. Here, he tries to get teachers to select Hector as School Ambassador for next year, but things go awry when Charlie sees Hector being bullied. Because Hector doesn't want to get in trouble at home, Charlie doesn't report the incident and is later drawn into the fray. Finally, Charlie absorbs his younger sister's classroom-bullying lesson and accepts that things can't always remain the same. One could say that by now Charlie should have learned his lesson, but then he wouldn't be Charlie. Fans will eagerly anticipate what's in store for him in fifth grade. Harley's delightful friendship story, with Gustavson's spot-on illustrations, is humorous, yet poignant, and portrays the heartfelt good nature of true friends.
Horn Book
As fourth grade winds down, Charlie learns that his best friend Hector, who's being bullied, is moving back to Chile. Grappling with the sadness of both, Charlie begins a well-intentioned if misguided campaign to prevent Hector from leaving. This seventh series installment is a complex portrayal of bullying and the importance of friendship. Black-and-white India-ink and watercolor spot illustrations highlight the action throughout.
Kirkus Reviews
As the end of the school year fast approaches, Charlie learns that his friend Hector will be moving back to Chile. Can Charlie cook up a scheme to keep Hector at school?In this seventh and final book of the Charlie Bumpers series, Grammy-winner Harley reveals the conflict that bullying creates in the mind of a fourth-grader. Narrated in a balance of warmhearted insight and wacky naiveté, Charlie's life will resonate with readers trying to navigate the simple but realistic perils of elementary school. Making friends, getting along with siblings, avoiding trouble at school—these situations matter to young readers, and Harley captures these emotions with a light and humorous touch. The Jerzollies of Darkness (three boys who are all jerks, bozos, and bullies) have been seriously bullying Hector. When adult support disappoints, Charlie and friends take matters into their own hands with mixed results. This young, white male protagonist, in his suburban, middle-class setting, nonetheless taps into universal feelings, and Charlie's genuine friendships with Hector and Tommy, who's black, keep diversity on the table. Gustavson's illustrations, rendered in India ink and watercolor, deftly cover friend and foe alike, giving shape to Charlie's world.The series ends with the feeling of a completed arc for this fourth-grade year. Fans will feel satisfied but will find themselves hoping another year's in the offing. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: 2-5

Charlie is cooking up some wacky plans to keep his friend Hector from returning to Chile, but when he learns that some classmates are bullying Hector, he turns all his energy to solving that problem.
When Charlie learns that Hectors family is moving back to Chile at the end of the year, he is crushed. With Tommys help, he immediately starts cooking up schemes to keep Hector here, including a campaign to get him selected as next years School Ambassador. (Surely Hector will have to stay, Charlie reasons, if he has such an important job.) As usual, Charlies schemes lead to one near-disaster after another.
But moving away from his friends turns out to be the least of Hectors problems. Three mean boys have targeted him for bullying and are making his life miserable. Hector wants to solve the problem by himself, but Charlie and Tommy see that he needs help. They start a campaign to save Hector and to defeat The Jerzollies of Darkness.
This fun series for young readers from Grammy Award-winning author Bill Harley uses humor to illuminate important values such as learning to live together as a family and making the best of a bad situation. For more on this series, visit the Charlie Bumpers website here.

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