This is a fun story about standing up for yourself but also helping others, too.The story centers around a young boy named Gordie who is more than a bit apprehensive about what his Halloween costume should be and walking in the school costume parade.

The narrative is simple for children who are beginning to read chapter books and is great for third graders, as they can empathize with being in the middle.Too young to stand up completely to a mean fifth grader, but old enough to take care of and look out for the first graders.

As our girls are in first and third grade, I thought it would be a great story to read aloud.Our youngest thought that the first grader, Timmy, was being a bit too babyish (after all, she is a big girl, not a Kindergartener!)But overall, we enjoyed reading the story together.