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Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School Hardcover – June 24, 2008

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Grade 2–5—Done in a style reminiscent of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007), this sequel to Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel (Bloomsbury, 2007) is a humorous and realistic look at moving. At school and in the neighborhood, Ellie faces many experiences typical to relocation. She gets excited about her first invite, only to end up watching her new friend play a handheld game; at school her classmates secretly play "new kid bingo," waiting for her to mess up or cry. Her story is told through a notebook, which is a combination of handwritten text and line drawings. The pictures, comic frames, and dialogue balloons serve to further the story. Reluctant and struggling readers and young fans of graphic novels are sure to find this title appealing. The book also includes an illustrated interview with the author, tips and directions for keeping a "sketch journal," and a teacher's guide to Have Pen, Will Travel.—Sharon R. Pearce, Longfellow Elementary School, Oak Park, IL
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About the Author

Ruth McNally Barshaw is a life-long writer and artist who has worked in the advertising field, and illustrated cartoons for newspapers. Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel was her first children's book. She lives in Lansing, MI, with her family. Visit her website: www.ruthexpress.com

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ellie McDoodle
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599902389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599902388
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Ellie McDougal is the new kid in school. She had to leave her happy life behind when her family moved to a new town, and she is sure that her new home cannot possibly measure up. Little by little she begins to adjust, first by settling in at home with her new room, and then by spending time at the local library, where she finds books comforting and familiar.

She is especially nervous about fitting in at school. The other kids tease her, and no one can get her name right. But spunky Ellie does not stay down for long. Her classmates need an advocate to stand up to the principal, and it turns out that Ellie is just the kid for the job. In fact, she meets a number of challenges throughout this story and handles each one head-on, coming up with passionate yet reasoned solutions, and enacting positive change.

Author/illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw has created something special with this character and with this format. Part novel, part journal, part comic book, Barshaw's unique style of sketch-journaling is a treat. The illustrations tell the story as much as the words, creating a lively, interactive narrative. You won't just read about Ellie's first day at school; you'll go to school with her and see everything through her eyes.

What's best about Ellie is her sense of humor. Occasionally she will pause in her narrative to share a joke, or to let us in on dinner at the McDougal house and all of the warm-hearted shenanigans her family participates in together.

Ellie may struggle with the common problem of starting over, but what sets her apart from other heroines is how she handles her problems.
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Format: Hardcover
Moving to a new house is bad enough; but being the new kid in school is worse. Ellie's sure she won't fit in: she loves to read, and nobody seems to acknowledge her - not even teachers, in Ruth McNally Barshaw's Edie McDoodle: New Kid in School. But when the students decide to rally together for a cause, Ellie's right behind them - and her attitude may gain her friends, yet. Kids in grades 3-7 will find this an excellent story.
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Format: Paperback
My 3rd grade daughter can't get enough of these Ellie McDoodle books, and I like them, too! We take turns reading to each other at bedtime, often loosing track of time and spending an hour immersed in Ellie's stories. As a dad (and an elementary teacher), I like the content of the stories: there's always a real life challenge Ellie must grow to overcome or at least learn to cope with, and it's not always easy for her. Like many kids, she finds herself feeling trapped, isolated, and alone in some situations. In almost every scenario, Ellie is culpable, and she realizes how little oversights often snowball into monsters of their own. The doodles are fun to look at and add to the whole language reading experience. It's good stuff, and we're anxious for the next release!!
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Format: Hardcover
The girls in my upper elementary classroom LOVED the first Ellie McDoodle and have been pestering me nonstop for the new one. I ordered it over Christmas, and it hasn't hit my bookshelf yet because, as soon as one finishes it is is passed directly to another eager classmate. While my boys seem to enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, my girls really relate to the feelings and situations encountered by Ellie McDoodle. I hope another enstallment is on its way to bookstores soon! Ruth McNally Barshaw has a talented handle on our middle grade girls!
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My second grade daughter was introduced to your book series when she met you at a author visit in Berkley, MI. She is not an avid reader, but absolutely loved your book New Kid in School. Since then she has gone to the library and checked out 2 more of your humorous books. I love that she desires to read for fun, and this has helped her to make tremendous growth in reading this year!
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I know that the whole girl-who-draws story idea isn't necessarily new. I mean, before Ruth McNally Barshaw wrote Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel there were books out there like Amelia's Notebook and the like. But is it just me or has the whole doodling girl idea gotten crazy popular recently? This year alone I've seen Katie Davis and her comic-centered The Curse of Addy McMahon and Margie Palatini's Geek Chic: The Zoey Zone. Girls with pens are in, my friend. So it is that we welcome back our second Barshaw title, "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School". Thought surviving in the woods with your relatives sounded bad? Try starting a new grade in a new school. Once again Barshaw puts her finger squarely on kids' fears and anxieties in a format that most everyone can identify with.

It is the end of life as we know it. You may as well just pack it all in right now, because for Ellie the worst possible thing that could ever happen to her has finally occurred. She's moving. Moving away from friends. From her house. Everything. Moving into a new place and making new pals is going to be just terrible and Ellie knows it. But to her surprise there are a couple kids who take to her right away. Then again there's that simply awful art teacher to deal with. But what about the nice librarian Ellie just met?
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