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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Box edition (Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380791714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380791712
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis Sachar was born in New York. He was inspired to write children's books after working as a teacher's aide to gain extra credit. After graduation he worked in a sweater warehouse in Connecticut and wrote at night. He was soon fired from that job and moved onto law school where in his first week of study Sideways Stories From Wayside School was published. In 2000 Louis Sacher wrote Holes which became both an instant classic and a film starring Sigourney Weaver. Holes was his first book to be published in the UK and continues to prove popular among younger readers. Once Louis Sachar begins writing a new book he refuses to talk to anyone until it is finished and entry to his office is barred apart from his two dogs. The Cardturner is his new book which publishes in 2010.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Keri Griffiths on 17 Feb. 2010
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I'm currently reading the first of these books to my class of 8-9yr olds. The stories are short and quirky, full of humour that the children can relate to. Each story focuses on one child in a class of 30, and an event which is unique to them. Their teacher, Mrs Jewls, is a little strange but likeable.
As I'm reading it to British children, there are some puzzling parts such as, if a child has been disciplined 3 times in the morning, they go home on the kindergarten bus at lunchtime. My children love this idea and want to know why they can't go home!!
These books have given me very successful story times - short enough to fit in an entire story at the end of the afternoon, but satisfying enough to hold the interest of the whole class.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 1999
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The anthology "Stories from Wayside School" has something for everyone. The cafeteria jokes like liver in purple sauce and baloneos are gross enough to make my 7 year-old son laugh until he cries. And at the same time, the wordplay is clever enough that my 10 year-old daughter can appreciate the literalism, twisted logic and double-entendres. Both kids feel so sorry for two-strike Todd, that I have to keep reminding them that these are just made-up stories. (They are, aren't they?) My children look forward to bedtime so that they can hear about the kids from Wayside School. If you have children in elementary school, you must have this book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 1998
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The Wayside series is one of funniest, engaging, talented, mathematically rich and language rich books our class has enjoyed. We would stop and work out math problems resented all along the way. The best was the Pet Day in the third book. We did a fairly good job of figuring out the animals, their owners, and the pet's names from the clues provided. We would try to predict what could possible happen from the chapter titles, and who would be involved. Usually, we were left laughing too hard to check our predictions. The stories could be share experienced by the whole class because of the use of standard events, i.e. "Mrs. Jewls had Todd write his name on the board under the word DISCIPLINE." When it was an event that required cheering, the situation was written so well, that the class could cheer without being prompted. This series kept their attention and imaginations soaring. They were heart broken when it ended.
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I can't tear my just-seven-year-old away from these books! He loves the off-the-wall, kooky humour, short chapters and schooly stories, and devoured the first of this trilogy in a few days. The books are all about kids in a class at an American school. A teacher who turns her pupils into apples, a girl who's determined to beat the clock and get the best ball at break-time, two friends who swap names, a boy who's hypotised out of pulling his neighbour's pigtails by the school counsellor..... And that's just a flavour!
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Bought this box set after reading favourable reviews and was not disappointed. The stories are quirky and short enough to hold a young reader's attention. My 8-year-old daughter was so keen to find out what was next that she read the books all by herself (except for the first couple of chapters which were read by her Dad.) She asked me what a couple of words meant and was keen to discuss the stories with me. The stories are exciting, well-written, and fun.
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I bought these books as a present for my nephew as I used to read them with my son when he was about nine and they made us laugh out loud, very cleverly written so enjoyable for adults as well as children.
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Have been reading these books to my kids and they love them. They were sad when I finished the first book. And always say please read just one more chapter! Excellent srories!
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By Jane on 4 Aug. 2010
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I bought this set for my 10 year old son as we like Louis Sachar, and we were not disappointed! A little off the wall, these stories had us laughing out loud! Highly recommended!
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