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A.J. and his friends are now third graders at Ella Mentry school in Dan Gutman's outrageously funny chapter book series My Weirder School. In this eighth book, Dr. Nicholas Is Ridiculous!, college professor Dr. Nicholas visits A.J.'s class to help the students improve their standardized test scores in history. The weird thing is, Dr. Nicholas doesn't care about the date Christopher Columbus came to America, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, or other important historical facts. She's more interested in weird information like the history of the toilet bowl! Dr. Nicholas has even built a time machine to take the class on a field trip to the past and future. Who will get stuck in time? You'll have to read to find out! Goofy illustrations by Jim Paillot make this adventure with Dr.



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Dan Gutman

The author of over 80 books in a little over a decade of writing, Dan Gutman has written on topics from computers to baseball. Beginning his freelance career as a nonfiction author dealing mostly with sports for adults and young readers, Gutman has concentrated on juvenile fiction since 1995. His most popular titles include the time-travel sports book Honus and Me and its sequels, and a clutch of baseball books, including The Green Monster from Left Field. From hopeful and very youthful presidential candidates to stunt men, nothing is off limits in Gutman's fertile imagination. As he noted on his author Web site, since writing his first novel, They Came from Centerfield, in 1994, he has been hooked on fiction. "It was fun to write, kids loved it, and I discovered how incredibly rewarding it is to take a blank page and turn it into a WORLD. "Gutman was born in New York City in 1955, but moved to Newark, New Jersey the following year and spent his youth there.



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