Custodial Wisdom: Day Two Never use a metal ladder in an electrical storm. Bring an extra garbage can to the cafeteria on Turkey Drummettes day. Fix things before they get too big for fixing. Just one week until school starts. One week until Mattie Breen is the new girl again. One week until she has to introduce herself-to try and make friends. Unless she can convince her uncle Potluck, the school janitor, to take her on as a custodial apprentice. Then she'll be able to work with him at lunch and recess instead of needing to be with all the other fifth-graders. All she has to do is stick to the custodial wisdom she writes in her notebook. Too bad her notebook doesn't tell her what to do when that Quincy Sweet keeps popping up out of nowhere. Or how to talk to Mama about things that really matter. Or what to do when her carefully thought-out apprentice plan comes crashing down around her. But maybe everything going wrong can begin to show Mattie what's right. About sharing a part of herself. About doing one small, brave thing. About making a friend she can trust with her secrets-a friend who is hound dog true.
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by Django Wexler
by Rebecca Kim Wells
by Linda Needham
by Linda Nichols
by Linda Lael Miller
"Catherine Taber delivers the tentative intonations of shy fifth-grader Mattie, whose reticence is worsened by her mother's continual moving. Mattie has found her voice in writing. But that outlet ends when she's silenced by a fellow student who reads her journal and embarrasses her in front of others. When Mattie comes to live with her Uncle Potluck, she is shy and afraid. Her uncle is a quirky character who sees his niece's gifts. Taber gives his storytelling voice upbeat cadences and down-home accents. Taber's delivery makes his warm and supportive gestures on Mattie's behalf and her growing trust sound "hound dog true." S.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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