I am going to attempt to write a chapter book this year for my fourth graders. Perhaps I can put some materials with this book to connect it to different things they learn in class. What I've thought of so far- Just to Escape This Day Synopsis Nine-year old Ryan Barrow has an extremely ordinary life- soccer practice, Boy Scouts, and of course, school. He has a series of ordinary days until he has the very worst one of all, where he fails his multiplication test, nearly breaks his leg falling off a skateboard, comes close to burning the kitchen down, and walks in on his seven-year old sister Maggie about to flush his tarantula down the toilet. Yet worst of all, every single day he comes to school, he must encounter the most annoying person on the planet- Seth Morgan. Now, Seth wasn't always annoying. There was actually a time where they were best friends, back in first grade. Yet by second grade, something traumatic made them go their separate ways. Now fast-forwarding to this one particular day- Seth was incredibly annoying, a 100 on a scale from 1-10, so Ryan was even more fed up. When evening fell that day, Ryan made a simple wish- to do-over his day. When he woke up the following morning, his orange polo and blue khakis hung neatly by his bed, just like yesterday. Appalled at first, he asked his mom, "Why would you make me wear the same outfit twice?" When she responded, "What are you talking about?" things got peculiar, especially when he saw the same exact plate of french toast, fruit, and juice that he had for breakfast yesterday and his sister wearing the same exact outfit as she wore. In a daze, he got on the bus, hearing the same exact conversation about classmates daring to outperform one another on skateboards after school. Eventually, he realized that his wish had been granted, so he was incredibly pleased, trying to smooth out the kinks from the previous day. Yet Seth was still his annoying self, and Ryan blurted out something cruel in his direction. The rest of his day went fine, but then he realizes for a few mornings, he has not left his horrible day. Ryan eventually realizes that he cannot "escape" every day unless he says something kind in Seth's direction. He then realizes that he has to live every day being considerate to Seth, which he has lived without for almost two years. ...Basically, Seth is unpopular and an absolute brainiac. When a few kids were mean to Seth at the beginning of second grade, Ryan was appalled inside, but sided with the mean boys on the outside. Ryan and Seth went their separate ways, but eventually, he gets Seth to try things he has never attempted (like skateboarding and soccer) and Seth also teaches him a few valuable lessons about friendship. Of course by the end, they are friends again, and the wish actually gets lifted, but Ryan doesn't even realize at first. He just goes on being kind to Seth. I just read this to my dad, and he said it's very similar to Groundhog Day, but it sounds like a new twist. I'll try to put some unique elements in there. There will be characters named Jordan (who actually changes her name to Jordin before the start of fourth grade because she wants to portray herself as Jordin Sparks), Jonathan (who is a lot like Seth, is actually very quiet and Ryan eventually finds out a lot about by the end of the book), Dillon (one of the bullies from second grade, who eventually changes, also), Patrick (who bullied along with Dillon back in the day but never changes), and Emily (who amazingly becomes Ryan's friend as he changes throughout the story). I'm sure there'll be more characters and a dynamic teacher who has this class. :lol: I hope to have a lot of fun with this story!