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Fans of Clementine and Ramona will enjoy good-natured Cinderella’s triumph over mean girls and her success at a tap-dance recital, all embellished by Diane Goode’s simple black-line illustrations. (Seattle Times)

“Cinderella’s bouncy energy, captured expertly in Goode’s emotive line drawings, is infectious…It’s hard to leave Cinderella behind. (Horn Book Magazine)

“Cinderella’s narration carries this early chapter book, and her upper-elementary woes are perfectly captured in her eager and personable voice… Goode’s energetic sketchwork adds to the spirited narrative.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

“Funny and clever! Readers will love this modern day Cinderella. It’s a delight…with the most satisfying ending.” (Patricia Reilly Giff, Newberr Honor winner and author of best-selling Polk Street School series)

Goode’s appealing line drawings keep things light and help readers cheer for Cinderella.The invented words, the spelling bee and Cinderella’s voice, which is maturing and becoming more likable, make this a great offering for youngsters who are figuring out the confusing social terrain of third grade (Kirkus)

Cinderella is back and as irrepressible as ever. A simple joy of a book, Barden’s story has given third-graders their very own hero whose final decision of inclusiveness is warming. (Booklist)

The plucky heroine is right at home beside Judy Moody, Clementine, and Ramona. Her experiences are true to life and she remains comfortable in her own skin. Cinderella is an ally to the kids in her class, and might inspire some readers to speak up themselves. (School Library Journal)

“The sweet first-person narrator [and] black-line illustrations by Diane Goode add to the charm.” (Seattle Times)

From the Back Cover

Aspelling bee has Cinderella and her classmates studying up a storm! Whoever wins first place gets to pick the theme of the class party. With lots of ideas floating around, Cinderella and her best friend, Erin, team up to study and win!

Speaking of spelling, Rosemary T. has been especially m-e-a-n lately. Cinderella decides to give her onetime friend the silent treatment. But Aunt Flora tells Cinderella it's best to talk through her problems with Rosemary. Alas! Will Cinderella be able to say, and spell, the words she needs to stand up to the class bully and win the contest?

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Cinderella Smith (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062004425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062004420
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Once again Cinderella Smith steals our hearts as she navigates a sticky situation with Rosemary T and prepares for an important all school spelling bee. All our favorite characters are back in fine form: younger sister Tess, best friend Erin and aspiring basketball star, Charlie. This book also introduces fabulous Aunt Flora and her flying machine.

Stephanie Barden has done a fantastic job creating characters who are believable and endearing. The illustrations are delightful. I can hardly wait for the next installment in the Cinderella Smith series!
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Great book! The main character is sweet and funny, and very relatable to my third grade students. This is the second of three books, and all three are wonderfully fun, and teach valuable, developmentally appropriate lessons. This book, along with the other two Cinderella Smith books, are some of the most popular books in my classroom library!
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My daughter brought one of the Cinderella Smith books home from her school library and we were immediately hooked. We adore the character and series, and this is a book we have read repeatedly. A wonderful option for young girls ready to expand to some new stories.
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I jumped right into Cinderella Smith: The More the Merrier after reading the first book, excited to join in Cinderella's merry dance once again.

Cinderella Smith, the quirky and charming third grader is back with even more friendship troubles, missing shoes and fun adventures. Cinderella's lifelong friend Rosemary T. continues her mean teasing, but Cinderella's cool Aunt Flora is around to help her deal with anything. And Cinderella's new hobby of making up new words comes in handy when the big spelling bee arrives. Whoever goes the farthest in the bee gets to decide the theme of a big class party and Cinderella thinks that's a vexylent (very excellent) prize.

In The More the Merrier, author Stephanie Barden brings to life Cinderella's sparkling and captivating personality once again. I gobbled up this chuckle inducing MG read quickly and loved getting to spend more time with my newest favorite third grader. When Cinderella's parents go away on a trip, her dental hygienist Aunt Flora, along with her grumpy cat, come to stay and she brings a lot of fun, excitement and silliness into the Smith home.

From purple pancakes to mismatched high-tops to awesome new words, the fun and laughs never stop. But, Barden explores the topic of bullying and broken friendships more in-depth in this second book. Cinderella and Rosemary T.'s feud is relatable and very realistic. Young readers will be able to identify with Cinderella's hurt feelings and anger. I really liked the "what's what" Cinderella finally has with Rosemary T.

Cinderella's journey to the spelling bee is exciting and even makes spelling fun! But, more importantly, Barden offers a wonderful message in the way Cinderella discovers that you should always just be yourself and true to who you are.

This book is fantabulous, F-A-N-T-A-B-U-L-O-U-S, fantabulous!
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Cinderella Smith: The More the Merrier was a wonderful sequel to Cinderella Smith. Things continue to get worse in regard to Cinderella and Rosemary T's friendship. Cinderella's aunt Flora gets introduced in this sequel. I liked her aunt a lot. Quite a few of the things she said and did made me chuckle. In this book, it finally feels like Cinderella is starting to have more friends on her side. She still gets bullied quite a bit by the Rosemarys, but she has a lot of people that stick up for her as well. She starts to make friends with the smart boys. The plot was a lot better than the first book. The purple potion that Cinderella and Aunt Flora me laughing pretty hard. As this book is about Cinderella participating in a spelling bee, parents could use it as an educational tool with their child while the child has fun reading and learning at the same time. I liked The More the Merrier a lot better than the first book in the series. The only thing that bothered me were a few grammar misusages. The author was writing from the point of view of Cinderella (who happens to be a third grader, prone to grammar errors). I recommend this book for girls that have read the first Cinderella Smith book.
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Format: Hardcover
Book Title: "Cinderella Smith: The More the Merrier"
Author: Stephanie Barden
Published By: Harper Collins
Age Recommended: 8 - 12
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: Based on one of the cutest, quirkiest little girls ever, Cinderella Smith, the More the Merrier, is a wonderful read for children from 8 to 12 years of age. This cute book sends a great message about bullying and how it's not nice to say bad things about or be mean and thoughtless to others.
Teaching a valuable lesson such as this in a sweet and sensible way is what Cinderella Smith is all about. Children and parents are sure to enjoy her uniqueness and her wonderful penchant for making up interesting new words! This is a wonderful series for children!
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Bought this for 2nd grade grand daughter, she has to read chapter books. She loves to read and said she liked this book. I will buy more of series.
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