6th Grade Can Really Kill You
Just recently we posted the book called How do you lose those 9th grade blues? with the ultra creepy older boyfriend? This another book in the series, where Elsie is a background player to Helen. Helen has some sort of learning disability and also acts up. She struggles with reading and is called dumb (and worse). Naturally, not all the teachers can see this problem and are just awful and inflexible. A new teacher sees the problem and wants Helen in a special education program. Helen’s mom doesn’t want her in a “special” class due to embarrassment and the stigma.
This book is more a product of the 1980s when students were often shuffled along the system and learning problems were ignored or written off as a behavior problem or just “slow”. The cultural references are also out of date.
Although the idea behind this book is good, it would probably not make much sense to the teen/tween crowd.
It’s a weeder for a public library’s youth department, but it probably has merit in a special collection due to the subject matter.
I liked the other book better, even with the creepy boyfriend.