Wayside School is Falling Down is a 1989 children's novel by author Louis Sachar and the second book in his Sideways Stories From Wayside School series. Like its predecessor, it contains 30 chapters, although some chapters are interconnected in a more narrative form rather than as separate stories, as is the case for its predecessor. The title comes from the title of the favorite song of one character, Kathy, in the tune of London Bridge Is Falling Down, during the course of the book. The novel revolves around three main storylines: first is the introduction of a new student, Benjamin Nushmutt, while another involves Miss Zarves, the teacher of the nonexistent 19th-floor class. The third and final storyline, told in the final chapter of the book, ends in a cliffhanger ending.


  1. Sachar, Louis. Wayside School is Falling Down. New York: Avon Books, Inc., 1989