I do a student book club for 3rd-5th graders and I'm trying to get a jump on reading some of the books from this year's list. And even though I teach young kids, I do read chapter books to them throughout the year. So I'm always on the lookout for books that may be a bit over their reading level, but that they could learn something from. This story is one that not only profiles what kids think is a great teacher, but it also tells the story from multiple perspectives. That style is something that drives me crazy when I read for my own pleasure (sometimes I can't keep track of who is who or who is talking at that moment). But in this book it really works. I also like that it builds up to an event that you can kind of see coming, but you imagine it will turn out as serious as it does.
If I was reading this aloud with young kids, I would definitely have to edit a little bit. They play pranks with each other and some get a little out of hand. But I think it's a story that has potential for activities in comparing perspectives and building suspense as a writer.
Just sharing a new title I thought was interesting. Hopefully there will be more gems to profile and I make my way down my list! :)