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Grade 4-6–Molly McGinty, a sixth-grader at Our Lady of Mercy Middle School, is panicked over the loss of her three-ring binder. In it she keeps everything she needs to be organized, such as homework assignments, addresses, and due dates of library books and her grandmother's bills. To make things worse, her extraverted and unconventional grandmother and guardian, Irene, comes to school on Senior Citizens' Day. The woman introduces the French class to vocabulary that sound like swear words, gets busted for smoking in the girls' room, initiates a poetry slam, and talks Father Connery into letting the social studies class listen to a baseball game as an example of democracy in action. Despite her embarrassment, Molly comes to appreciate the school's social misfits and also snags a boyfriend. And by the time she recovers her notebook, she's learned, thanks to Irene, "to go with the flow." Although the overexuberant woman is a little hard to believe, the character still works. This light, breezy romp is humorous and as unpredictable as Grandma Irene.–Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH
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Gr. 3-6. In his latest novel, Paulsen easily moves from wilderness and military adventures to farce about survival at home and at school. Molly is organized, you might say obsessive, so when she loses her multipocket three-ring binder, which contains lists of "Everything She Needed to Live," she is devastated--especially since it is Senior Citizens Day at her middle school, and her flamboyant, embarrassing grandmother, Irene, is attending. Clad in purple suede pants and glittering beads, Irene wants her dear Molly to forget "effective organizational techniques" and loosen up. Irene is a hit as she challenges silly grammar lessons, pals with the delinquents, and gets busted for smoking in the girls' bathroom. Some of the jokes may appeal more to adults than to children, but middle-graders will enjoy the wild schoolyard and classroom slapstick, even as they feel for the kid who has to watch over her unpredictable, loving caregiver. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (February 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440414822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440414827
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newberry Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill's Books (www.alan-ya.org) on November 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When overly organized, straight-laced sixth-grader Molly's completely disorganized, outgoing grandmother, with whom she's been living since her parents died in a car crash, comes to her school on Senior Citizens' Day, Molly is embarrassed by her grandmother's hilarious escapades such as befriending the school's social misfits, being sent to the office for smoking, having her French class find words that sound like swear words, etc. (M) (RR) I'm still guffawing over this hilarious tale, filled with love as much as laughs!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on October 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a day Molly McGinty is having! She lost her notebook that contained everything she needs to live. She tore her skirt and got a black eye. And she finds out that her crazy grandmother, Irene, will be spending the day at school with her. How can her day get any worse?

Well, it does. Her grandma is caught smoking in the girl's room, and Molly gets detention for skipping Science class to bail her out. Irene is a free spirit who teaches Molly how to live in the moment. Our Lady of Mercy Middle School will never be the same again after her visit. Will Molly ever change and learn to be more flexible?

Gary Paulsen is the author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. THE WINTER ROOM, HATCHET and DOGSONG were all Newbery Honor books. With MOLLY MCGINTY, he has stepped out of his comfort zone and written a light, funny and entertaining novel.

Early middle school and late elementary students will giggle all the way through this fun romp of a book. I hope Mr. Paulsen writes a sequel to this amusing story.

--- Reviewed by Renee Kirchner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Elam on February 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Poor Molly McGinty after loosing her all important notebook her life seems to be ruined. Everything she needs and live by is in this notebook and it has disappeared. As if that isn't bad enough her grandmother is going to school with her for Senior Citizen Day at her middle school. Her wacky grandmother lives for Senior Citizens day at school, although no one elses grandparents ever come. During her grandmother's visit to school Molly's day consist of getting a black eye, being late for class, being horribly embarrased by her grandmother, tearing her dress, and many other disasterous events. Life without her notebook is horrible, will her whole day and life be a disaster? To find out if anything good comes of this day check out Molly McGinty has a Really Good Day. It's an exciting and hilarious adventure in the life of a six grade girl, who life as been turned upside down! This book would be a great read for late elementary and early middle schoolers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I like the book because it was funni and it have a lot of stuff . and it can happend to a normal kid .and because she is olways in trouble and they parent's dont care .and because she is in middle school.

the best par of the book is when they have a food fight and she gets in trouble and thas way she is in big trouble and the worst think is in class of french and she is not in action every day.

jose
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Sweeney on May 15, 2014
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This book is listed as being for grades 3-6. First, what's appropriate for a sixth grader is almost never a good match for a third grade reader with regard to content! This hilarious story features sixth-graders and is definitely appropriate content-wise and vocabulary for readers fifth grade and up. There are sophisticated words chosen ever so carefully by Paulsen to convey precise meaning that would be utterly lost on younger readers. Even middle-school readers will be nicely challenged by Paulsen's fantastic word choice and overall author's craft. There are references to a woman having a nice ra-- and someone being an a--, plus outright references to feminine itching! I do hope someone will change this product info to fifth grade and up as the reading level is roughly a V! Middle school girls will love this quick thrill of a story about one really bad but good day in the life of a sixth grader.
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