The Fantastic and Terrible Fame of Classroom 13


By Honest Lee

By Matthew J. Gilbert

Illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy

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As heard by kids everywhere on the Echo Dot Kids Edition, the Classroom 13 books are a hilarious new chapter book series-perfect for reluctant readers and fans of Roald Dahl, Captain Underpants, and Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

The Fantastic and Terrible Fame of Classroom 13 is the third title in a series about the students of a very unlucky classroom. The easy-to-read chapters are full of humor, action, secret codes, and fun-and will prompt hours of conversation among friends, families, and classmates. The final chapter encourages young readers to write their own chapter and send it in to the author, Honest Lee.

When famous agent Lucy LaRoux drops by Classroom 13, she makes an offer no one can refuse-she makes all of the students FAMOUS.

You might think this was sweet, but it was not. It was selfish. (Lucy wants their money.) With great fame comes frightening stage fright, broken bones, rotten reality television, and other awful accidents. As the students of Classroom 13 are about to learn, being famous (or infamous) isn’t always fun.



Unfamous Ms. Linda

When not-famous schoolteacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse woke up Monday morning, she decided it would be another boring day. Little did she know how wrong she was.

First, she had been up late grading papers and forgotten to set her alarm. Ms. Linda didn’t realize it until her cat bit her nose and woke her up. “I’m going to be late! Again!”

Second, she put her right shoe on her left foot, and her left shoe on her right foot. Then she brushed her hair, put on her clothes, and hopped in the shower. As she rushed to school, she wondered why she was soaking wet.

You might think Ms. Linda was quite silly and should be famous, but she was not. (Not anymore…) Ms. Linda is not a pop star or a TV actress or a soccer player or a famous writer. (Like me, Honest Lee. What’s that? Yes, I am too famous!)

But Ms. Linda is related to someone who knows lots of famous people—her cousin Lucy LaRoux, who is a very famous agent who works at the Ace Agent Agency in Hollywood.

What’s an agent? Well, agents are the people who represent pop stars and TV actresses and soccer players and famous writers. They help them get work and help them stay famous. They also charge a great deal of money for their services. (Make a mental note, as this will be important later.)

“Ms. Linda! You are late again!” said the principal. His arms were crossed, and he was tapping his shoe against the floor tiles.

“I know, I know!” Ms. Linda said. She ran past him and straight to her class. As you might know, the students of the 13th Classroom can be quite a handful. And so Ms. Linda expected them to be causing trouble. Instead, she found them all sitting quietly, listening to a story told by someone sitting on her desk.

“…and so I said, ‘Don’t you dare!’ And do you know what Ten Bears did? He ate the entire tarantula.”

The whole class laughed.

“Though bears prefer honey, I suppose one would eat a spider,” Ms. Linda said. “How is that funny?”

“No, Ms. Linda,” said Teo. “Ten Bears isn’t an actual bear. He’s a human boy and he’s famous! I want to be just like him.”

“What’s he famous for?” Ms. Linda asked.

“For being on the Internet,” Teo said.

“But what is he famous for?” Ms. Linda asked. “What does he do?”

“He makes videos. On the Internet,” Teo said.

“I don’t understand this generation,” Ms. Linda said.

“And that’s why you’re not a famous agent like me,” said Lucy LaRoux, famous agent of Ace Agent Agency.

“Lucy?! What are you doing here?” Ms. Linda said, surprised to see her cousin outside of Hollywood.

“Well, my boss said we needed more kid stars, and I thought to myself, Where do I find a bunch of brats—ur, I mean, children? Naturally I thought of you. You work with children, so here I am. I plan to make all these kids famous!”

The students in Ms. Linda’s class screamed with glee. (Except for Yuna. She had no interest in being famous.)

Of Ms. Linda’s twenty-seven students, twenty-six of them were present. Not so surprisingly, Santiago was out again. (He wasn’t exactly “sick,” but his mom insisted he go to the hospital—just because one of his fingers fell off his hand. He didn’t think it was that big of a deal, but his mother quite disagreed.)

Of the twenty-six students who were in class, twenty-five of them were paying attention to the famous agent who worked at Ace Agent Agency. They never paid this much attention to Ms. Linda. She crossed her arms.

“Lucy, this is a classroom,” Ms. Linda said. “You can’t just walk in here and distract my students. They are here to learn. Not become famous.”

“Can’t we do both?” Ava asked.

“I don’t know.…” Ms. Linda answered.

“You don’t want to hold them back, do you?” Lucy asked. “Just because your fifteen minutes of fame didn’t work out—”

“Ms. Linda was famous?!” Jayden Jason asked, shocked.

“For what?!” asked Chloe.

“She hasn’t told you?” Lucy asked. “Well, let me fill you in.…”


Infamous Ms. Linda

Once upon a time, little Linda LaCrosse was the same age as her students. And more than anything, she loved to sing. She sang when she did her chores. She sang when she brushed her teeth. She even sang when she slept.

One day, her family went for a visit to Hollywood, and an agent heard her singing. “What a beautiful singing voice you have!” he said. “I am certain I can make you an opera star!”

And he did.

Little Linda LaCrosse became quite famous. She sang at very important opera houses all around the world. She even got a singing coach. This coach pushed her to sing harder and deeper and higher. It turned out little Linda LaCrosse could sing so high that it made glass break.

Well, at the peak of her fame, she was sent to Beijing, China, to sing at the National Grand Theater—which was made entirely of glass. Her coach kept telling her, “You have to sing harder and deeper and higher than ever before!”

And so she did.

And the entire opera house shattered.

“And that was the end of Ms. Linda’s singing career,” Lucy explained, finishing her story.

“That’s wonderful!” said Liam.

“That’s horrible,” said Ximena.

“I think it’s neat,” said Lily.

“The famous painter Andy Warhol once said, ‘In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.’ And that was my fifteen minutes of fame,” said Ms. Linda. “Sometimes being famous can quickly lead to being infamous.”

“Isn’t that the same thing?” William asked.

“Not at all,” Ms. Linda said. “‘Famous’ means being known for something good. ‘Infamous’ means being known for something bad.”

“It’s better to be infamous than not famous at all,” said Preeya.

“Oh, I quite disagree,” Ms. Linda said. “I’m still not allowed back into China after what I did.”

“Enough talking about you,” Lucy LaRoux said. “It’s time to make these children celebrities.”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Ms. Linda said to her cousin.

“On the contrary.” Lucy smiled. “You just said in the future, everyone would be famous for fifteen minutes. Well, the future is now. Who wants to be famous?”

The entire class—except Yuna—cheered and shouted with excitement.

“Fantastic! All of you step right up and sign this contract that makes you my servants me your agent, and we’ll get started on making each of you famous.”

“What’s the contract say?” Ms. Linda asked her cousin. She tried to read the fine print, but it was itsy-bitsy-teeny-tiny.…

“Don’t worry about it!” Lucy snapped.

Ms. Linda begged the students not to sign the contracts. But as students often do with their teachers, no one listened.


Jayden Jason

Jayden was excited about being famous. He didn’t know what he’d be famous for, but he figured Lucy would know. And she did.

“You must be Jayden Jason James, aka Triple J,” Lucy said with a sly smile. “I hear you’re the most popular kid in school and have a huge following online. I see you also have an undeniable star quality about you. Let’s do lunch.”

“Doing lunch” in Hollywood means making deals at a fancy outdoor café with caviar and paparazzi. Here in school, it means making deals at the cafeteria with day-old fish sticks and that one weird kid from Classroom 10 watching them eat.

“Now, I want the Triple


On Sale
Dec 12, 2017
Page Count
128 pages

Honest Lee

About the Author

Honest Lee is a liar! You can’t trust a thing he writes. He insists that his stories are true. And they’re totally not! Then again, I could be Honest Lee, which would mean I’m lying and my stories are true. What’s the truth? I have no idea. Honestly.

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Matthew J. Gilbert

About the Author

Matthew J. Gilbert is one of many Matthew Gilberts. Seriously. There’s like a trillion of them. This particular Matthew Gilbert writes stories and has a nearly perfect mustache. When he’s not writing about Classroom 13, he’s watching monster movies, eating tacos, and singing made-up songs about his cats.

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