The Janitor's Boy
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When Jack Rankin learns that he is going to spend the fifth grade in the old high school -- the building where his father works as a janitor -- he dreads the start of school. Jack manages to get through the first month without the kids catching on. Then comes the disastrous day when one of his classmates loses his lunch all over the floor. John the janitor is called in to clean up, and he does the unthinkable -- he turns to Jack with a big smile and says, "Hi, son."
Jack performs an act of revenge and gets himself into a sticky situation. His punishment is to assist the janitor after school for three weeks. The work is tedious, not to mention humiliating. But there is one perk‹janitors have access to keys, keys to secret places....
In this new novel by the author of Frindle, a boy's explorations lead to surprising new discoveries about himself and his father.
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The Janitor's Boy
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- Atheneum Books for Young Readers |
- 144 pages |
- ISBN 9780689818189 |
- May 2000 |
- Grades 3 - 7 |
- Lexile 770L
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Chapter 1: The Perfect Crime
Jack Rankin had a particularly sensitive nose. As he walked into school in the morning, sometimes he would pause in the entryway and pull in a snootload of air from the flow rushing out the door. Instantly he could tell what the cafeteria lunch would be, right down to whether the Jell-O was strawberry or orange. He could tell if the school secretary was wearing perfume, and whether there was an open box of doughnuts on the table in the teachers room on the second floor.
On this particular Monday morning Jack's nose was on high alert. He was working on a special project -- a bubble gum...
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