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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Stella Batts (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (January 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585361852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585361854
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hi! My name is Stella Batts."
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My 7 year old daughter loved this book.
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I would recommend this book for everyone who can read!
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We both look forward to the next book in the series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Monique VINE VOICE on May 23, 2012
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Stella has a very pretty name, but she doesn't think so - not after one of her classmates nicknames her Smella after she takes a fall on a school field trip! She was already embarrassed because of the fall and that nickname just made it worse. So Stella the 8-year old who can tell her life story in 5 minutes because she likes to talk, and write, a lot, decides to change her name. And since her parents own the local candy store, she just might decide to name herself after some type of candy.

But Stella's not alone. Her best friends also decide to change their names.

You'll have to read, though, for yourself to find out what names they choose, how the name change is received by their families, their classmates, and their teacher, and what they ultimately decide.

My 8 year old daughter and I both enjoyed Stella Batts. She read it in 2 days, and gave me a play-by-play before I even got a chance to read it for myself. This was the first book in a long while which actually kept her inside on a nice day. She was that eager to complete the book. I liked that it portrayed 8 year olds to a T! Very realistic and very engaging. We both look forward to the next book in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ctwink VINE VOICE on June 19, 2012
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Stella Batts, like many young girls, is uncertain of her place in the world and when she has something that sets her apart as "out of the norm", namely her first name, this is singled out by her classmates as something to tease her about. This is pretty common, and unfortunate, in our youngsters lives, but eventhough Stella feels subconscious and upset about the teasing, she handles it in a respectful and honestly "grown up" way. In the end, one of her teachers reveals something about her name to the class that sets all of her classmates back on their heals and gives Stella the confidence to again hold her head up high.

My seven year old daughter absolutely LOVED Stella Batts: Needs A New Name. When presented to her, she ran off clutching the book like a well-loved toy and sequestered herself in her room in order to have maximum quiet and the optimal reading environment. Although she didn't finish it that night, when she did finish it she pronounced it "the best book I've ever read" (she's read dozens and dozens) and begged me to buy her the next book in the series (and there are several "Stella Batts" books out there for her to read). Pretty high praise in my mind.

I found the book to be very similar in style and "niceness" to Stephanie Barden's Cinderella Smith - the characters are polite, postive, and generous with none of the angst or ugliness that seems to inhabit other books for girls. I'm no prude, but don't little girls get enough peer pressure and bullying in school without reading about it in their leisure time?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa S. on May 22, 2012
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My 7 year old son and I have throughly enjoyed reading Stella Batts. I have found that so many series either target just boys or just girls. This book is a great read for either gender. My son reads the book out loud to me and laughs quite often at the authors great sense of humor. We are super excited to begin the next book and hope that the author continues to write more in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jayne P. Bowers VINE VOICE on June 10, 2012
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I got this cute little book for my granddaughters to enjoy while visiting my home, and I LOVED it. Not only did the antics of Stella and her friends take me down Memory Lane a few decades, but they also gave me some insight into how 8 year olds think. Reading about the girls and their encounters with teachers, parents, sisters, each other was quite enjoyable, especially since the author managed to integrate a few life lessons into the goings-on. For instance, Stella is reminded that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Stella Batts Needs a New Name is a charming book about a little girl who wants to change her name after being called Smella by a classmate. Naturally, her little buddies want to do the same thing, and they all change their names to different types of candies that can be shortened into nicknames. Caramel becomes Cara, previously known as Willa. Stella's new name is Scheherazade, a word that means a woman who's good at telling stories. Not only is that not a candy, but it's also a name that Stella's friends can't pronounce.

The illustrations add to the enjoyment of the book, and as I was reading Stella Bates to one of my granddaughters, she frequently asked, "Is there a picture of that?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on June 4, 2012
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I'm glad I've been on low carb for over 10 years now and lost my sugar cravings, because Stella's family owns a candy store! But I can read about it with no cravings at all! I was also pleased to read that Stella's mom gave her two daughters after-school snacks other than candy!

Stella gets teased by a school mate in an ugly way with her name, and decides she needs a new name because that was so hurtful. Then some of her friends decide to change their names, too, and confusion reigns.

The story is delightful, the family is great, and it's great to read. The artwork throughout the book is a wonderful addition, very appropriate and really a great gift to the reader.

Highly recommended!
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Courtney Sheinmel grew up in California and New York. She is a graduate of Barnard College (part of Columbia University) and Fordham School of Law. You can visit her online at: http://www.courtneysheinmel.com/

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