There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar- Module #6
Sachar, Louis. There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom. New York: Yearling. 1987.
Summary: This is a story about a boy name Bradley Chalkers who, in all honesty, is a bully. Bradley does not excel in school, has repeated 4th grade, and is quite sure that he will have to repeat 5th grade too. Bradley deals with his frustration and lack of self esteem by bullying other kids. His parents and teachers are at a loss as to what to do. In comes Carla Davis the new school counselor. She has very unconventional methods and eventually is able to encourage Bradley to excel. As he starts seeing success as something achievable, he self esteem rises and he is able to show everyone what he is capable of.
Tattered Cover says:
This story is rings true with very realistic situations and writing. The main character is annoying and likable at the
time. You find yourself cheering for Bradley, hoping he can overcome his biggest enemy, his own self doubt.
How to use this in a library:
With such a complex main character, this book would be great in a character study. Students could analyze the traits of Bradley, Carla,and other characters in the story. This book would also be good in teaching about dealing with bullies.