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There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom [Kindle Edition]

Louis Sachar
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)

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There are so many ways that a boy like Bradley Chalkers can humiliate himself at school. Most of them are explored by the hero of There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, a story of isolation, bravery and gradual acceptance told with great humour by Louis Sachar, the author of the brilliant Holes.

Bradley is the only one in Mrs Ebbels class without a gold star next to his name on the wall chart. He doesn't have any friends and that's the way he likes it. Nobody wants to sit next to him at the back of the class, until Jeff Fishkin starts school. At the same time Carla, the new school counsellor shows Bradley that with a huge amount of courage and a bit of self-belief he can break the repetitive cycle of heartbreaking rejection by his peers, disappointment from family and weary indifference from teachers.

Bradley has a long road to travel with the help of his new friends but the resultant changes aren't pious or predictable but slow, painful and humorous. The witty, thoughtful exchanges between Bradley and Carla are exceptionally well written and the slow and delicate process of building trust is completely believable. A touching, warm and funny tale with no saccachrine aftertaste. --Rachel Ediss

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There are so many ways that a boy like Bradley Chalkers can humiliate himself at school. Most of them are explored by the hero of There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, a story of isolation, bravery and gradual acceptance told with great humour by Louis Sachar, the author of the brilliant Holes.

Bradley is the only one in Mrs Ebbels class without a gold star next to his name on the wall chart. He doesn't have any friends and that's the way he likes it. Nobody wants to sit next to him at the back of the class, until Jeff Fishkin starts school. At the same time Carla, the new school counsellor shows Bradley that with a huge amount of courage and a bit of self-belief he can break the repetitive cycle of heartbreaking rejection by his peers, disappointment from family and weary indifference from teachers.

Bradley has a long road to travel with the help of his new friends but the resultant changes aren't pious or predictable but slow, painful and humorous. The witty, thoughtful exchanges between Bradley and Carla are exceptionally well written and the slow and delicate process of building trust is completely believable. A touching, warm and funny tale with no saccachrine aftertaste. --Rachel Ediss


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 291 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 406194746X
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; New edition edition (6 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U9J7N8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am seventeen years old, and I've read "There's a Boy..." at least once a year since I discovered it in 3rd grade. I would like to warn that the given "age range" for reading this book is completely misleading -- no child under nine would appreciate it, and adults can enjoy it as much as children. Louis Sachar is simply the best author of children's fiction today. "There's a Boy" is an effective tool to make kids think twice before teasing classmates. Children who lack self-confidence or have trouble in school will relate to Bradley Chalkers. And everyone can enjoy Sachar's story-telling magic. I treasure my copy of this book, and when my younger brother reached 3rd grade, we read it together. He loved the novel as much as I did, and both of us were sobbing at the end. I know he has learned as much from the story as I have over the years. Do yourself or your child a favor and read this book!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sachar shows off another funny to the world 8 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
There's a Boy in the Girl's bathroom, by Louis Sachar is a very comical book. It is a funny way of telling the story of a boy and how he overcomes his problems with friends and school. Ten-year old Bradley Chalkers is one tough bully. He doesn't do his homework, he scribbles in school, and he doesn't have any friends; at least for a while. One day a new boy , Jeff Fishkin, comes to school. Jeff is an exception to Bradley's other classmates, who hate Bradley. Jeff actually wants to be friends with Bradley! Bradley doesn't know what to think. Bradley's teacher, concered about the scribbled on school work, starts sending him to the new school counselor, in hope of helping him pay attention. Bradley thinks the counselor, Carla Davis, is weird. She agrees to whatever he says, wears funny sweaters, and asks him to call her by her first name! Slowly Carla helps Bradley gain self confidence. This book will make you appreciate your friends more! This book taught me that difficult times can be rewarding, if you try your best at them.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for children of all ages 26 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
After reading Holes, recommened by children in my class, I managed to get hold of a copy of "There's a boy in the girl's bathroom" and enjoyed it so much, thought I'd read it to my class. They couldn't wait until the end of the day, to hear more of Bradley Chalkers and his exploits. This book works on many levels, and the children really did empathise with Bradley. It gave us excellent opportunities to discuss issues of bullying, tolerance and acceptance of others. I won't give away the end, but it had some of my class in tears. A truely wonderful story that we can all learn from.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I read this book with my Year five class and we LOVED it!!
Bradley Chalkers was an island, he sat at the back of the class, last seat, last row. He meets a new school councillor and from there the story shows us how he learns to make friends, communicate and behave well. He even tries to get a gold star from Mrs Ebbel! We see two sides to Bradley, at school he's a bully, at home he has a caring fantasy world made up of toy animals. One of my class really enjoyed playing "one potato, two potato.." after reading it on one of Bradley's lists.
I won't give too much away needless to say it left us in tears!
Go on read it we know you'll enjoy it as much as we did.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantasic book gr8 for children of all ages. 29 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
i am a 17 yr old male, i read this book while camping with my parents and i thought it was fantastic, seeing brad change throughout the book is fantastic and his reltionship with his teacher begins to grow and grow. After i read the book i gave it to me sister to read who is 15 and she loved it as well. this would be great for children of all ages to read. it not a large book i manged to read it in a day, but a younger child could read it within a week. i first got introduced into this author when i was reading holes about 5 years ago. he is a brilliant author and have just bought his next book.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Our English teacher has been reading us this book for the past month and I am totally inspired by it. Louis Sachar is an exellent writer and I adore his books. I must say that this is probobly the best book I have ever read!! I recommend it for ages of 8-12. I am trying to convince my parents to buy it for me for Christmas. I hope you have found my rewiew helpful and if you buy the book (which I'm most certain you will) I hope you enjoy it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic 7 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
I bought this book to teach my Y4/5 children as it is recommended on the Renewed Framwork as an exemplified unit. The story itself is concerned with Bradley Chalker, a boy who is universally disliked in school because he's a bully. He sits alone at the back of the class - last seat, last row. He begins to see a new counselor called Carla Davis and they begin to strike up a close friendship. Bradley wishes to change people's perception of him and begin to try hard and succeed in school instead of always getting an 'F' in his tests.

My children are absolutely loving the story as we're about half-way through, it's such a universal thread that all can refer back to as it deals with childhood and life in school. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Smile at the monsters :-)" 12 Jun 2007
By DJ
Format:Paperback
This is simply, a sweet book. It's quirky narrative and interesting main character, Bradley is compelling although not in a way you might think. The indirect way of telling you what is happenning means that you can see things from a different perspective and finally the plot is uncomplicated but relevant and begs us to ask, what makes a bully a bully? This will be a fantastic read for any 8-12 year olds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a boy in the girls bathroom!
There's a boy in the girls bathroom is a really good book because there is a real mix of emotions throughout the whole thing. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Chris Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun read for both girls and boys!!
We are reading this with the children in our class and even the boys are engaged and enjoying it too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a boy in the girls bathroom.
I loved this book since it never occurred to me that the girls bathroom was a bad place for a boy to go into also how Colline went into the boy's bathroom. Read more
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Great book, unfortunately I cried most of the last chapters when I read it to my daughter, I think that mad her sad too. Still a great book
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A lovely and hilarious story of how no-one is a monster. This was read to me in primary and I still love it! :) very satisfied! :)
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Like my other reviews I have binned all the books I have bought written by this author who thinks using swear words and inappropriate content is perfectly acceptable in his books... Read more
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