If you listen closely in the school lunchroom, you will hear many stories just like these! After 7 years of telling his tales to thousands of children and adults, Jim Flanagan has put several in a book. Many of the stories came from a journal he kept as a principal, teacher, counselor and coach. The original tales are about kids of all ages dealing with the adventures of life. The book contains many character education stories that can be used for classroom discussion. The tales are a combination of humorous and thoughtful moments. The stories are never preachy. The reader will take away from the story what they want with a smile on their face. Many children have comment that the stories really make you think. Jim says, " you may not remember of the stories but you will remember how the stories made you feel. Students of all ages easily relate to the stories, characters and plots. The stories are from real life and kids will automatically think the tale happened in their school or neighborhood or in their own luchroom. NAPPA 2004: Books for Ages 9 & Up By Helen Foster James, Ed.D., Kathleen Krull and Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D. Honors Award Winners Stories Heard Around the Lunchroom, by Jim Flanagan, illustrated by Dale Herron; 1st Books, 2004; $9. Funny, sad, thought-provoking - these true stories are told with verve by a real-life principal who took notes during his 30 years on the job.