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An Excerpt from The Night I Flunked My Field Trip

special-needs-stories-kids-smiling-outside “Have you ever heard of someone flunking their field trip? I mean field trips are supposed to be fun, they're not something you get graded on, right? Well, wait until you hear my story. You're not going to believe it. My class was going to spend the night on a replica of a tall-masted sailing ship. I was so psyched! Then I got my ship assignment: Captain's Assistant. That's when the best field trip of the year turned into the worst field trip of the year.” – Hank Zipzer

Henry Winkler, best known as Arthur Fonzarelli, aka "The Fonz," on the classic television show Happy Days, is also co-author, with Lin Oliver, of a series of books about an imaginative, dyslexic fourth-grader named Hank Zipzer. Here's an excerpt from The Night I Flunked My Field Trip, the fifth book in the series that now includes 17 books.

For an interview with Winker, read Henry Winkler: Dyslexic Celebrity, Children’s Author.

Chapter One
"Zip, don't tell me you forgot your permission slip," my best friend Frankie Townsend whispered as we slid into our seats in Ms. Adolf's fourth-grade classroom.

"I didn't say I forgot it," I whispered back. "I said I might have forgotten it."

"Dude, I am not liking the sound of this," Frankie said, shaking his head.

I pulled my backpack onto the top of my desk and began a complete search for the permission slip.

"It's got to be here," I told Frankie as I unzipped my backpack and began looking through the main compartment.

"Zip, this is the last day."