Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger (Wayside School Series #3)

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger (Wayside School Series #3)


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Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger!

Before you enter Wayside School, you should know that it’s a thirty-story building with one classroom on each floor. Mrs. Jewls teaches the class on the thirtieth story. Miss Zarves teaches the class on the nineteenth story—except there is no nineteenth story, so there is no Miss Zarves.

Understand? Good. Explain it to Calvin.

More than nine million readers have laughed at the clever and hilarious stories of Wayside School. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Wayside School!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380723812
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: Wayside School Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 52,561
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

When Louis Sachar was going to school, his teachers always pronounced his name wrong. Now that he has become a popular author of children’s books, teachers all over the country are pronouncing his name wrong. It should be pronounced “Sacker,” like someone who tackles quarterbacks or someone who stuffs potatoes into sacks.

Mr. Sachar's first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, was accepted for publication during his first year of law school. After receiving his law degree, he spent six years asking himself whether he wanted to be an author or a lawyer before deciding to write for children full-time. His books include Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Wayside School Is Falling Down, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, and Holes, winner of a Newbery Medal and National Book Award.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One


For two hundred and forty-three days, a lonely sign hung on the front of the old school building.

On some days a child would come, look at the sign, then sadly walk away.

Or else a child would come, look at the sign, stand on her head, then sadly walk away.

Louis watched them come and go.

But he never said "Hi!" to them. He hid when they came.

It was his job to repair the school.

Louis used to be the yard teacher at Wayside School. He passed out the balls and played with the kids at recess and lunch.

When the school closed, the children were sent to other schools. Horrible schools. No two kids were sent to the same school.

Louis was afraid he'd cry if he talked to them.

But he worked hard. For two hundred and forty-two days, he pushed and pulled, shoveled and mopped. He never left the building. At night he slept on the couch in the teachers' lounge on the twelfth floor.

Some days it seemed hopeless. The worst part was the smell. He often had to run and stick his head out a window to get a breath of fresh air. But whenever he felt like quitting, he thought about those poor kids, stuck in those horrible schools, and he just worked harder.

And at last, two hundred and forty-three days later, the school was ready to open.

Well, almost ready. There was one little problem.

Suddenly, from somewhere inside the building, or maybe just inside his head, Louis heard a loud "moo."

He put his hands over his ears and said, "I don't hear it, I don't hear it, I don't hear it," until the mooing stopped.

He had scrubbed and polished every inch ofWayside School. There were no cows anywhere. He was sure of it! Still, every once in a while, he heard something go "moo." Or at least he thought he did.

He took the sign off the door.

But before you enter, you should know something about Wayside School.

Wayside School is a thirty-story building with one room on each floor, except there is no nineteenth story.

Mrs. Jewls teaches the class on the thirtieth story.

Miss Zarves teaches the class on the nineteenth story. There is no Miss Zarves.


Good; explain it to me.

"Louis!" someone shouted.

He turned to see a red and blue overcoat running toward him. "Hi, Sharie!" he said. He couldn't see her face, but he knew she had to be somewhere inside the coat.

Sharie jumped into his arms.

"I bet you're glad to be back," said Louis.

"You bet!" said Sharie. "Now I can finally get some sleep!"

All around the playground, old friends were getting back together.

"Hi, old pal!" said John.

"Hey, good buddy," said Joe.

"Bebe!" yelled Calvin from one side of the playground

"Calvin!" shouted Bebe from the other.They ran and smashed into each other.

"Hi, Eric, good to see you," said Eric."Hey, good to see you too," said Eric.

"Oh, look. There's Eric!""Hi, Eric! Hi, Eric!""Hi, Eric.""Hi, Eric."

Even Kathy said hello to everybody.

"Hey, Big Ears!" she said to Myron as she slapped him on the back. "What's happ'nin', Smelly?" she asked Dameon. "You didn't take a bath for two hundred and forty-three days, did you? Hi, Allison. Did you get uglier while you were away, or were you always this ugly and I just forgot?"

"That's a nice sweater, Kathy," said Allison, who always tried to say something nice.

Kathy moved on to Terrence. "I'm sure glad to see you, Terrence!" she said.

"You are?" asked Terrence.

"Yes," said Kathy. "I thought you'd be in jail by now."

Todd came running across the playground.

"Hi, Todd!" shouted Sharie, right in Louis's ear.

Todd kept running.

"Hey, Todd!" called Jason. "Good to see you!

"Hi, Todd!" called Myron and D.J.

But Todd didn't answer. He just kept running until he reached the school building.

Then he kissed Wayside School.

Out of all the schools, Todd had been sent to the very worst one. It was awful! The first thing he had to do every morning was --

Wait a second. I don't have to tell you. You already know.

Todd was sent to your school.

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. Copyright © by Louis Sachar. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
It was so good and funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect for a book report book
kf4vkp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Wayside School stories in the 4th grade by Mrs. Avery, aka the coolest teacher ever. I have tried to share them with every child I know since.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book picks up where Wayside School is Falling Down left off. It has all the humor of the series, and, in this book, the teachers get a little stranger as Mrs. Jewls (who was strange enough to begin with) heads off to have a baby. Wayside is just as funny as ever when the kids all come back to their strange school, series of subs, and principal, Mr. Kidswatter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only comment was that I ordered 10 books and they came in 2 shipments; 1 shipment of 1 book and another shipment of 9 books. I thought that was odd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger Louis Sachar Fiction Wouldn’t you want to read about crazy no hearted teachers and a mixed up chaotic school counselor. Well if you do then Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger is the book for you. All of this happens when Mrs.Jewels there former teacher is having a baby! She can not have a baby in class so we will have some substitutes with hate and bitterness. Even Lewis loves a teacher who did have a heart filled with hate. Mrs.Nogard is full of hate and bitterness most of this story from a terrible breakup long ago. Mrs. Nogard has two eyes,one nose, one mouth and three ears. Except her third ear can read peoples brains. She finds a way to become sweet again. But how? Mrs.Nogard is a very important part of the story without her there would be no happy kids and no happy Lewis. Mrs .Drazil is nice and fair . The kids love her but Lewis does not so she’s got to go. Mrs.Drazil had a bad past with some other students like the one who she disappeared with. Mrs.Drazilis old and has been a teacher for many years she is always nice except for when you touch her blue notebook. There is just something secretive about that notebook. Mrs.Drazil is a very important static protagonist. Without Mrs. Drazil they would not have a mystery to solve. Lewis is a school yard teacher that everyone likes. Lewis is about 40 years old has curly hair and a mustache. Lewis will find his true love but who? But will his true love be mean and bitter. You will have to read the book to find out. Wayside school gets a little stranger is a funny, suspenseful book. I would recommend this amazing master piece written by Louis Sachar to anyone who loves a good fantasy. There are hilarious humorous moments and a romantic love story. There are many funny characters with lots of chaos and big voices. You will love this amazing story for 9-12 year olds.
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librarianER More than 1 year ago
My eight year old was terrified by this book. He's had nightmares and fear of substitute teachers. I read the book and think it is just plain weird and does not have a coherent story line. I would only recommend this book to children who like scary stories and are at least 10 years old.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is HILARIOUS! I LOVED IT! When it had the whole JANE SMITH thing and everything. And how Louis and Miss Nogard. PLZ READ THIS BOOK IF U WANNA LAUGH!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so awesome especially 4 the kids i read it to my baby sister and she loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I relly loved this book. It was really awasome. the best i have read in the 5th grade yet. I recomend this book to everyone that loves to read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most book can be confusing,can be funny, can be interesting, can be sad,can be suprising. This book is all of those. IT'S A REALLY GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story about Mrs. Jewls class at Wayside school. When she annonces that a baby is on the way and she is leaving school, the class begins to worry. Now they must put up with some of the weirdest and meanest teachers there are. To top it all off, most of the subs have a way of preventing that too. This book will have you wishing it were longer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is FUNNY!! I read the very first book and was convinced that I had to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book for kids!! It is intersting and funny and keeps then reading and laughing! I strongly recommend this book and the rest of the series
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is about a boy pulling a girl pig tail and he kept doing it and she kept on criing he kept getting I troble. she told the teacher and he kept going to the couselor office. He talk to her he did not get in troble.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good. It wasn't the best book i have read. If you like Louis Sachar read holes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Wayside Series and this one is just as good as the other two! This book actually continues with characters that we have all come to know and love or at least like. A great read, and fun at the same time!