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{Unschooled: Allan Woodrow}Unschooled by Allan Woodrow
Published by Scholastic Press on August 29, 2017
Genres: Childrens, Junior High, Middle School, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – This year’s fifth graders are the worst Principal Klein has ever seen. But he’s hoping that Spirit Week can teach them teamwork, with a top secret prize for the winning team as incentive.

Best friends George and Lilly have been looking forward to Spirit Week all year. They might be complete opposites, but they can’t wait to be on the winning team together. When their classes end up rivals, with Lilly leading Team Red and George leading Team Blue, the friends swear they can compete and remain best friends.

But suddenly there are slimed lockers, sabotaged costumes, and class pets held hostage. As the pranks escalate, it threatens everything, including the prize. Because if Principal Klein finds out, Spirit Week will be canceled and the students will spend the rest of the year in detention.

Can George and Lilly find a way to fix their friendship and get the entire fifth grade to play fair, or is the most awesome week of fifth grade about to make this the worst school year ever?

{My thoughts} – George and Lilly’s fifth grade class is participating in spirit week at school. There are four classrooms for the fifth grade, that are split into two teams. George is the team captain for Team Blue and Lilly is the Team Captain for Team Red.

You would think that being team captain would be an easy task for any fifth grader. However, this book proves that it is anything but easy. Both George and Lilly have team mates that will try and win at any cost. They have a rough time being honest, fair and good sports.

This book helps to show children that by cheating and showing poor sportsmanship you can lose opportunities and friendships. You can also lose the respect of those you look up to as well as be punished for poor behavior. It also shows you that when you can work together as a team and not cheat and be a good sport, that you can be rewarded.

I think this is a great book for children to read. It helps to show them that winning isn’t everything. It helps to show them that it’s okay to be on the losing team as well as you tried your best.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.