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Coasting Casey

A Tale of Busting Boredom in School

illustrated by Colleen Madden

“My teachers say I’m coasting, that I just do ‘well enough.’ But why do I want to waste my time on super boring stuff?” Casey is bright but doesn’t apply himself at school. Instead, he coasts—doing just well enough to get by and ignoring homework and projects that don’t interest him. What does interest Casey is art. He loves to draw, make music, and create. Sometimes this enthusiasm interferes with learning and gets him into trouble. With help from his school principal, Casey learns to apply his passions to his schoolwork. Told in humorous rhyme, this lively story will speak to bored students and to any kid who can—and wants to—do better. The book concludes with tips and information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with any kid wrestling with underachievement.

A social story to promote student engagement.

Part of Self-Help for Kids®
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PB ISBN: 978-1-63198-089-3
HC ISBN: 978-1-63198-088-6
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 5–9
Guided Reading Level: L
Lexile Measure: 660L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Page Count: 48
  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.2, MS.3, MS.5, MS.6
    BS.LS.2, BS.LS.4, BS.LS.6, BS.LS.8
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.6, BS.SMS.7
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.8

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User Reviews

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December 4, 2016 /
Can't wait for the next one!

As a teacher in a gifted classroom, I loved using Penelope Perfect to talk to the kids about perfectionism and Coasting Casey to talk to the kids about working to their potentials. I'm hopeful for more books on these real classroom issues by this author! (You can tell she is a teacher too.)

October 17, 2016 /
Casey's a Keeper

My class loved this book and I plan to use it every year to talk to the kids about their passions and how to use those to fuel everything they do.

May 7, 2016 /
Coasting Casey

Excellent book to open discussions on underachievement!


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