This school-life book in the "Horrible Harry" series by Suzy Kline is published by Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Horrible Harry Moves Up To Third Grade is written for kids ages 6 to 8. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Everything seems different to Doug and Harry when they arrive at school on the first day of third grade. But before long, they locate Miss Mackle and their classmates (including Harry's rival, Sidney). As the kids tell about their summer activities, Doug says that his family visited a copper mine. He neglects to mention that he was too scared to go in. Miss Mackle decides the mine would be a great field trip destination, much to Doug's dismay. Harry and Sidney play tricks on each other from day one of third grade — but when Sidney disappears on the field trip, everyone worries. Even Harry is relieved when Sidney is found, and the two boys become friends.
Miss Mackle prays when one of her students is missing. Doug prays that the class won't have to take a field trip to a copper mine because he's afraid of being underground.
Having moved to the next grade with her second-grade students, Miss Mackle seems genuinely pleased to be the children's third-grade teacher. She decorates the classroom creatively and takes the kids on a field trip. When a student wanders off, she expresses deep concern. When he turns up, she hugs him happily but warns him against leaving without permission again. The principal cheerfully helps Doug and Harry find their new classroom.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
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