Four Seasons of Fifth Grade

In Jack on the Tracks, fifth-grader Jack Henry is hoping for fresh adventure when he moves to a new home in Miami with his family, but he can’t escape his old worrying ways. He worries about being fascinated with all things gross and disgusting. He worries about his crazy French-obsessed schoolteacher. And most of all he worries about worrying so much.

In this cycle of interrelated stories, there may be light at the end of the tunnel, if only Jack can get on the right track to survive his outrageous year.

Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

 “Jack . . . returns here in an account of the year . . . when his family first moves to Florida . . . His struggle for maturation is enhanced by Gantos’s effervescent writing style and grasp of the gross and horrifying . . . This will reel kids right in. “

Booklist

“Hilarious, exquisitely painful, and utterly on-target.”

School Library Journal

“Poignant, funny, and real.”

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