The kids of Room 207 arrive at their class on the first day of school to find it has suffered “a most grievous accident” and is covered in mysterious slime. Their teacher leads her charges to the original one-room schoolhouse that stands on the property. But the schoolroom isn’t empty — it is inhabited by a spooky guest. The shock of being transferred to the worst classroom on the planet has barely worn off when Erik, the school’s biggest bully, and Stove, the world’s second fastest pot-bellied pig, are added to the attendance sheet.
The winner of this year’s Best Classroom contest will represent the school on a reality show, but what chance does Room 207 have to win when it is already nicknamed, “The Pigpen”? And how do you accept an award if your teacher has been swallowed by slime?
Room 207’s cast of hilarious characters includes a guinea pig named Butterbum, a cat who needed ten lives and nine kids desperate to prove themselves to the school and to the reality-tv viewing world.
About Marnelle Tokio
Marnelle Tokio was born in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, on a frostbitten New Year’s Day, but grew up in Australia, Bahamas, Florida, and California. She has had so many jobs her resume is alphabetical from Apprentice Thoroughbred Jockey to X-ray Technician. While waiting to hear about a zookeeper position she decided to be a writer. More Than You Can Chew was her first book, and now she is an international award-winning author. Marnelle can often be found playing with her daughter, dog, and husband at their home in Toronto.
About Linda Hendry
Tundra’s LINDA HENDRY has illustrated and/or written over fifty children’s books, including the Benny Bensky series. In 1986, she was short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for her illustration of The Queen Who Stole the Sky. In 2001, her book Priscilla and Rosy, written by Sharon Jennings, received the Mr. Christie’s Silver Medal. Linda Hendry lives with her family near Rockwood, Ontario.
“The book will appeal to a wide range of readers; the short chapters, and fun situations will appeal in particular to more reluctant readers. Hendry’s illustrations add much to the book, and readers will enjoy them. Room 207 is also suitable for a back-to-school read-aloud; students of all ages will enjoy the adventures and exploits of this unconventional Grade 5 class.”
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Praise for More Than You Can Chew:
“This is an exceptional young adult novel… that takes you on a painful journey, and drops you off at the end with a greater understanding of eating disorders, compassion towards those suffering from this illness, and the deep satisfaction one experiences when they have shared the lives of characters they enjoy and see triumph in the end.”
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“Marty’s struggles…will satisfy teens’ voracious appetites…”
“… Marnelle Tokio…tells a gripping, believable story about a strong, world-weary girl.”
— Toronto Families