Charlie Bumpers vs. the End of the Year

by Bill Harley
Illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Charlie Bumpers juggles school bullies and a wacky scheme to keep his best friend from moving in this heartfelt conclusion to Bill Harley’s beloved middle grade series.  
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  • ISBN: 9781682630426
  • Publication date: 04/01/2019
  • Page Count: 208
  • Size: 5-1/2" x 7-1/2"
  • Age Range: 7-10
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Description

Charlie Bumpers juggles school bullies and a wacky scheme to keep his best friend from moving in this heartfelt conclusion to Bill Harley’s beloved middle grade series.

“Making friends, getting along with siblings, avoiding trouble at school—these situations matter to young readers, and Harley captures these emotions with a light and humorous touch.” —Kirkus Reviews

When Charlie learns that Hector’s family is moving back to Chile at the end of the year, he is crushed. So with Tommy’s help, he immediately starts cooking up schemes to keep Hector here, including a campaign to get him selected as next year’s School Ambassador. (Surely Hector will have to stay, Charlie reasons, if he has such an important job.) As usual, Charlie’s schemes lead to one near-disaster after another.

But moving away from his friends turns out to be the least of Hector’s problems. Three mean boys have targeted him for bullying and are making his life miserable. Hector wants to solve the problem by himself, but Charlie and Tommy see that he needs help. They start a campaign to save Hector and to defeat “The Jerzollies of Darkness.” Black and white illustrations throughout. Available in eBook.

Charlie Bumpers is a heartwarming and hilarious middle grade series starring a relatable fourth grader dealing with everyday issues surrounding family, friends, and school. From Grammy Award-winning author Bill Harley.

Author/Illustrator

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Bill Harley

Author

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and writer who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than twenty-five years. He is the recipient of Parents’ Choice and ALA awards. He won a 2007 Grammy Award for his children’s storytelling album Blah Blah Blah and a 2009 Grammy Award for his children’s spoken-word album Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Adam Gustavson

Illustrator

Adam Gustavson is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, as well as numerous periodicals. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey.

Reviews

“Narrated in a balance of warmhearted insight and wacky naiveté, Charlie’s life will resonate with readers trying to navigate the simple but realistic perils of elementary school. Making friends, getting along with siblings, avoiding trouble at school—these situations matter to young readers, and Harley captures these emotions with a light and humorous touch.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Harley’s delightful friendship story, with Gustavson’s spot-on illustrations, is humorous, yet poignant, and portrays the heartfelt good nature of true friends.” —Booklist Online

Awards

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2020

Resources

Resources: Bookmarks, Poster, Teacher's Guide

Teacher’s Guide
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More Details

AR Level: 3.8
F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: 560L
Themes: Bullying, Diversity, Friendship, Inventive Thinking, Humor
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 2: JUV005000 JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men
BISAC 3: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education