Over the Lunch Lady
and Other School Stories
by Nancy E. Mercado (editor)
Date of Publication: 2004
Number of Pages: 177
REQUIRED READING ABILITY:
Junior: Average/High Intermediate: Low
THEMES : Coming of Age
This anthology features a collection of 10 short stories depicting
some of the trials and tribulations of school life for students aged 9
to 12. Filled with humour and realism, each story will entertain readers
of all ages.
WOULD LOVE THIS BOOK? A kid who...
- loves school stories
- likes reading short stories as opposed to longer texts
- is aged 9–12
- remembers what it feels like to be aged 9-12
This may be a good book to use to start Literature Circles in
a whole class setting. Each group of students could read one of the short
stories in the anthology. It would be a very manageable way to introduce
the routines and expectations of Literature Circles, while maintaining
a common theme (school life) in the discussions.
The writers contributing to
the anthology include Avi, David Lubar, Susan Shreve, Sarah Weeks, and