Bradley Chalkers IS the oldest kid in the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls. No one likes him--except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. But when you feel like the most-hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world. . . .
"Give me a dollar or I'll spit on you."
Poor Principal Walter Russ. He's "desperate" for designer Florence Waters to renovate the school's disgusting basement bathrooms, and the stress is causing him to get, "ahem, " all clogged up. Luckily, during their stressful summer-school internships, the sixth graders discover the perfect way for everyone to relax: by enjoying an ancient Roman spa and bath buried in the school's basement " Includes a classroom activity."