Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade features a main character who refuses to go to school to protest changes at the outset of the year that make it less fun until his demands are met. There's minor name-calling such as "freaks," "babies," "stupid," or "punks," a precarious near-fall from a roof, and some mild bullying that mostly involves exclusion, but the main characters work to divert those forces for the greater good. Otherwise it's a fast-paced, hyper-smart, and refreshingly gentle size-up of the politics and power plays of middle school that features smart, diverse kids and adults who are a tad oblivious but eventually come around to seeing things from the kid's perspective. Perfect for the age it dramatizes.
A kid hangs precariously from a rooftop but is rescued. Some scary monsters at a Halloween party.
"Freaks," "punks," "gooberhead," "dumb," "pathetic," "stupid," "babies."
Standing up for your beliefs; the power of negotiating; trying to understand where kids are coming from; the little guy can make a difference; treating kids younger than you with respect; seeing other points of view.
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