The Dunderheads

The Dunderheads

Paperback - 2012
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Dunderheads, unite! A tyrannical teacher gets her just due in a delightfully subversive, outrageously funny tale by Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman.

Miss Breakbone hates kids. Especially the time-squandering, mindwandering, doodling, dozing dunderheads in her class. But when she confiscates Junkyard's 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 won't soon forget. From the incomparable Paul Fleischman comes a winning cast of underdogs -- and one of the most terrifying teachers you'll ever meet -- brought to vivid life in David Roberts's quirky, hilarious illustrations.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780763652395
0763652393

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"Dunderheads, unite! A tyrannical teacher gets her just due in a delightfully subversive, outrageously funny tale by Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman. Miss Breakbone hates kids. Especially the time-squandering, mindwandering, doodling, dozing dunderheads in her class. But when she confis... Read More »


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darladoodles
Jun 09, 2018

This is a fun heist book for middle grades.

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heliopsis24
Feb 07, 2017

The illustrations are somewhat unappealing and can be scary/difficult to interpret to younger children. Rated low on our library shelf and went in the return bag quickly.

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MB9
May 30, 2013

The plot is an elementary school version of Ocean's 11, the feel is dark, quirky, edgy, precise. The poet Fleischman doesn't waste a word and the weirdness of Dumpster Diver Roberts is a perfect fit.

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Jun 19, 2014

violet_bird_509 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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MB9
May 30, 2013

MB9 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13

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May 30, 2013

"Never," shrieked Miss Breakbone, "have I been asked to teach such a scraping-together of fiddling, twiddling, time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing, don't-knowing dunderheads!"

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