About School Year Jitters

An escaped pet, a disastrous field trip, a science experiment gone awry. Readers learn about the trials and triumphs of Mrs. Hartwell’s first year of teaching through the letters she receives from her students in their classroom post office.


-2004 Teacher’s Choice Award for Children’s Books; Learning Magazine

-Finalist for 2004 Colorado Children’s Book Award

“Both funny and touching, this beguiling tale of a teacher’s metamorphosis is perfect to share with students and educators alike.”  —Kirkus

“Veteran teachers should purchase copies of this book to distribute to rookies before the first day of school each year.”  —Journal of Children’s Literature

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