Realistic (fiction), 2,743 words, Level V (Grade 4), Lexile 820L
The Gossip Monster tells the story of a young girl who spreads rumors about a boy in her class and how she becomes remorseful as the rumors grow larger and more unrecognizable over time. Her teacher helps her understand the gravity of her actions and encourages her to set things straight. Illustrations support the text.
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