The Dunderheads

ISBN-10: 0763652393
ISBN-13: 9780763652395
Author: Fleischman, Paul
Illustrated by: Roberts, David
Interest Level: 2-5
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publication Date: February 2012

Copyright: 2009

Page Count: 56

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Interest Level

Grades 2-5

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Q
Lexile: 630L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.0
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories

Miss Breakbone hates kids. Especially the time-squandering, mindwandering, doodling, dozing dunderheads in her class. But when she confiscates Junkyards crucial find, she finally goes too far. Enter Wheels (and his souped-up bike with forty-eight extra gears), Pencil (who can draw anything from memory), Spider (look up and you'll find him), and their fellow misfits in a spectacular display of teamwork aimed at teaching Miss Breakbone a lesson she wont soon forget.
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3/25/2013 3:06:42 PM
What is a dunderhead? A dunderhead is what the awful Miss Breakbone calls her students. She complains, also, that they are fiddling, twiddling, time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing, and don’t-knowing. In this junior spy-thriller, a student named Einstein leads his class of misfits in the heist of an item confiscated by the wicked Miss Breakbone. The return of their fellow student’s treasured prize is the adventure of the year! This title is well suited for striving readers. Its 7” X 10” cover camouflages it as a more sophisticated read than it really is—it’s really just a shrunk-down picture book. Better yet, its takeaway lessons are that everyone has a talent and that spectacular things can happen when these talents are combined. This title will inspired and excite all types of readers!

Classroom Idea: Have students create a chart or illustrated list of the characters in the story. Ask them to list each talent and write a sentence or two describing how that talent contributed to a scheme’s success. Use this as an exercise to practice close textual reading, stressing that the sentence must be supported by text or illustrations from the book.