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EndlessMike
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17 years ago
I remember the story in which Sam, the new kid, came to class. Ms. Jewls took off his coat, but there was another coat underneath. So she took off that coat, too, but there were more and more coats. She got down to the last coat, and it turned out that Sam was a dead rat.

That was one of my favorite books in 3rd grade.
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    gustogummi
    2602 Posts
    17 years ago
    Did that book came out in the 70s or 80s?
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      Ilikethepixies
      5870 Posts
      17 years ago
      Woah, that story used to freak me out. It was surreal.

      Awesome, awesome, awesome kids book. It was so original, I loved it. I think they made a sequel to it as well.

      I might have to search out a copy to reread. It sucks that the media of today feels that children should be protected from anything surreal, thought provoking or original. I guess its not safe enough for the kiddies anymore.
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        Lottech96
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        17 years ago
        I remember listening to stories of this in 5th grade.
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          punky
          441 Posts
          17 years ago
          I loved those books! There were actually several of them. The best place to buy them would probably be barnesandnoble.com...I've found several books from my childhood there!
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            acolyte28
            30 Posts
            17 years ago
            Was this the book where the teacher dressed up as a witch to scare the kids and then showed her true identity at the end to teach them a lesson or something?
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              JScott
              143 Posts
              17 years ago
              I also remember the media teacher from elementary school reading those stories to us. I still have all three books - the original, plus Wayside School is Falling Down and Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger. No one else can write like Sachar...
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                badfish420
                57 Posts
                17 years ago
                acolyte28
                Was this the book where the teacher dressed up as a witch to scare the kids and then showed her true identity at the end to teach them a lesson or something?



                Actually, that was a book called Miss Nelson is Missing. Its a great book, but its a 1st or 2nd grade reading level book. The Wayside books are chapter books more for middle school aged kids.
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                  MissALibra86
                  521 Posts
                  17 years ago
                  I love those books as well, and have all three of them. My third grade teacher used to read stories from those books all the time to us. I remember the story about how Mrs. Jewls used a computer to teach the class about gravity - by pushing it out the window, along with a potato and a pencil sharpener to see which one would fall the fastest. I also remember the stories about a student from Mrs. Jewls' class who went to the 19th story class and got stuck in there! I also remember the story about Bebe drawing like a thousand pictures in art class, and Mrs. Jewls teaching Bebe that it was not the quantity of the pictures drawn, but the quality of the pictures that counted. Those books were among my favorite growing up!
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                    Thylacine
                    1525 Posts
                    17 years ago
                    About that witch thing, there was a mean teacher before Ms. Jewels who turned students into an apple if she wiggled her ears and stuck out her tongue (or something like that.) I guess she could be considered a "witch" of sorts.

                    I love these books. They're so weird, especially the whole Missing floor thing. You got to love them though.
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                      99Centsplease
                      518 Posts
                      17 years ago
                      I remember Wayside School. It's that school built upside down! I remember that witch story... at the end she accidentally pulled her trick on herself! I think she turned the kids into apples or something.

                      And yes, Ilikethepixies, it does seem that we sheild our kids from creativity. All they get is multiple things based on the same concept anymore. ;_;
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                        Ilikethepixies
                        5870 Posts
                        17 years ago
                        I think it was built on its side, rather than upside down. It was supposed to have been a very long, one story building... but the construction guys read the blueprints the wrong way and built it very tall, with only one room per story.
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                          90sGuy
                          153 Posts
                          17 years ago
                          I remember reading all of the books back in the Mid 90's in school. One story that I still remember well that always stood out to me was the one about the "Mushroom Surprise" in the cafeteria at lunch time (or something like that)
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                            pikachulover
                            2944 Posts
                            17 years ago
                            I remember the story about the hippie that got his ear cut off and the girl who made up a little brother.
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                              734 Posts
                              17 years ago
                              I remember reading those books because I recognized the title, but I don't have memory about any of the stories.



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                                jujubeeme
                                402 Posts
                                17 years ago
                                i remember the story that was written backwards...and the story with the kid who never got the good red handballs because he was always late for some reason.
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                                  brown_eyed1
                                  1948 Posts
                                  17 years ago
                                  BEST THREAD EVER!

                                  I was just thinking of these books a couple days ago...Specifically, "Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger" because of the fact that Mrs. Jewels got pregnant and they get this substitute teacher that has a third ear that helps her hear people's thoughts....It was pretty twisted, but cool. I have these books in my room somewhere.
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                                    Lottech96
                                    1275 Posts
                                    17 years ago
                                    I heard that one , but later It backfired and turned the Teacher into an Apple instead and one of the Kids ate her! I like that story and the Kid who Couldn't count!
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                                      Ilikethepixies
                                      5870 Posts
                                      17 years ago
                                      A kids book today would never have a character become pregnant.

                                      I need to buy these books for my kids, once I have kids. They'll be able to read in between their frequent, mandatory beatings.
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                                        brown_eyed1
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                                        17 years ago
                                        Ilikethepixies
                                        A kids book today would never have a character become pregnant.

                                        I need to buy these books for my kids, once I have kids. They'll be able to read in between their frequent, mandatory beatings.



                                        LOL, "frequent, mandatory beatings".... :D
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