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Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year

Charlie Bumpers’s worst fear is confirmed: he has the strictest teacher in the school for fourth grade!

It doesn’t matter that she’s been named Teacher of the Year. He’s still afraid of her. After a certain hallway incident last year (don’t ask), he’s convinced Mrs. Burke HATES him.

Up until now, he’s been able to wriggle out of the messes he gets himself into, but how will he survive a whole year under a teacher who is just waiting for him to make another stupid mistake? Read More.

Charlie Bumpers vs. The Really Nice Gnome

Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the Evil Sorcerer in the fourth grade play. He’s even got the laugh down pat: Mwa-ha-ha-ha! But his dreams of villainous stardom go up in smoke when he finds out that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome! Determined to rectify this terrible injustice, Charlie concocts one plan after another, but nothing seems to work. To make matters worse, his dad has assigned chores to all the kids in the family and Charlie’s job is walking Ginger, the diggiest, sniffiest, and poopiest dog in the universe.

Can Charlie deal with these challenges without causing havoc all around him? Read More.

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull

This Halloween Charlie Bumpers has big plans. He and his best friend Tommy hope they can get out of taking their little sisters around and go trick-or-treating in Alex’s upscale neighborhood instead. There they’ll get tons more candy, they’ll be on their own, and afterwards they’ll get to attend the sleepover at Alex’s house.

But when Charlie finds out that the entertainment at the party is to consist of the “Scariest Horror Movies Ever,” he is struck by panic. Charlie loves candy, he loves sleepovers with his friends, but he absolutely hates horror movies.

To put another wrinkle in his Halloween plans, Charlie is determined to win the big prize (ten movie tickets) that will be awarded for the best costume. He finally comes up with a genius prize-winning idea, but he soon runs into an unexpected obstacle…

How will Charlie be able to enjoy Halloween this year? Read More.

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Perfect Little Turkey

It’s nearly Thanksgiving, one of Charlie’s favorite holidays. This year the big family dinner will be held at the Bumpers household, and Charlie is super excited when he finds out that Uncle Ron will be staying with them. Uncle Ron always brings something cool (and a little bit dangerous) for the kids to do. But Charlie’s excitement fades when he hears that his annoying younger cousin Chip will also be a guest…in his room!

Charlie’s parents expect him to be the perfect host, but Chip follows Charlie around constantly and generally makes a nuisance of himself. On top of that, for homework, Mrs. Burke has assigned Charlie the task of writing his own definition of “family.” Will Charlie be able to see past his “turkey” of a cousin and find the real meaning of family? Read More.