Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

A Book of Coupons

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

A Book of Coupons

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MORGENTERN, SUSIE. (1999, 2001), A Book of Coupons. Translated by Gill Rosner. New York: Penguin Putnam. ISBN 0-670-89970-4.

All the fifth graders were hoping for a young and handsome teacher; the one they got was old with messy white hair and reading glasses. The first thing he said to them was, "I have a present for you." And he placed a gift -wrapped package on the desk of each student. Inside this present were coupons. The coupons were for sleeping late, missing a day of school, being late to school, losing homework, forgetting books, not listening in class, sleeping in class, copying from your neighbor, not going to the board when called on, getting out of trouble, eating in class, singing at the top of your lungs, dancing in class, taking a break from class, clowning around, telling a lie, and for giving the teacher a kiss on the cheek. …

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