There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

“Give me a dollar or I’ll spit on you.” That’s Bradley Chalker for you. He’s the biggest, nastiest kid in school: the liar, the one who picks fights, the one with “behaviour problems.” No one likes him – except Carla, the new school counsellor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and that he could change – if he dared try. From the award-winning author of Holes, this is the exceptional story of an unexceptional boy whom everyone has branded a loser. Told with a winning lightness of touch, it explores the power of faith and second chances with humour and compassion – a must for any child, and for anyone who has survived childhood.

Also available: Read and Respond activities to accompany There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, getting into the nitty-gritty of the book’s character, theme and issues, including friendship, bullying and much more.

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  • loved it

    I loved that the author gave Bradley a really imaginative brain. I know this because Bradley makes up lots of funny, quick-witted stories with his animal figurines. I enjoyed that the characters of Bradley and Claudia evolved as the story progressed. If you are planning on reading this book I think it’s for any age so DEFINITELY read it!

    20 November 2021

  • loved it

    loved it so much you should definitely read it because it will leave you laughing in stitches . It’s extremely humorous NO#1!

    23 May 2017

  • loved it

    So funny!

    5 March 2016

  • loved it

    i like it when jeff go’s to the girls bathroom it is so funny.

    4 October 2015

  • loved it

    So far, this book is really moving and also has a large amount of humour too. I love both Carla and Bradley. I am reading this book at school (my friend is also) and we are both really enjoying it yet. I’m currently on chapter 34 and I really can’t wait to get to school each day to read on. So far, I think the book could potentially be my favourite ever. Anyone who is contemplating this book… Definitely READ IT!

    6 January 2015

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    Louis Sachar

    Louis Sachar is an award-winning author of over twenty-one books for children, and is best known for Holes, which won the prestigious Newbery Medal.


    Louis has won many awards including the 1999 Newbery and Caldecott awards – the most prestigious American awards in children’s literature for Holes.

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