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May 21 , 2011

The Best Substitute Ever: As Told By a Fifth Grader


Follow student Gregory Gaines, as he tells what happened when he was a fifth grader at Workaholic Elementary School. Like it or not, substitutes are a part of school, and I bet you’ve had one that you really liked. This story is about a special substitute, and his name is Mr. Prosper. By the time you finish reading this book, I know you’ll want him at your school, too!

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Gregory not only tells you what happens during Mr. Prosper’s ten day assignment, but also what happens the rest of the school year. What makes Mr. Prosper so special? He is the type of teacher who really cares about his students. You may think that’s not possible, because all the substitutes you’ve had didn’t seem to care. Well, this is not true about Mr. Prosper! If you want to know just how much he does care, and why Gregory and his classmates declare him the best substitute ever, read and find out.

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