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Gertie's Leap to Greatness Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—A step up in reading level and length from Sara Pennypacker's "Clementine" series, this is the story of Gertie, an unself-conscious and truly determined fifth grader. The first sentence captures the spirit of the book and provides a strong hook: "The bullfrog was only half-dead, which was perfect." Gertie's desire to be great means she must surpass all of her uniquely talented classmates, including the newcomer, Mary Sue Spivey. Gertie is motivated by a need to prove to the mother who left her that she's missing out on the best kid in the world. As a plot device, it is somewhat tired, but Beasley sells it convincingly. Gertie's machinations to always stand out from the crowd are often entertaining and are assisted by deft illustration by Tamaki. There is an environmental standoff caused by Gertie's loyalty to her father, an oil rigger, and Mary Sue's mother, who is against the environmental effects of oil drilling. Though the issue remains unresolved, it offers an ideal opportunity for discussion and reflection. Readers may have met the likes of Gertie before, but her Alabama setting and the mix of interesting friends, foes, and family who surround her all provide charm. VERDICT This classic-feeling narrative about an ambitious young girl with a kind heart, while not wholly original, is sure to resonate with fans of spunky female protagonists.—Carol A. Edwards, formerly at Denver Public Library
"This story is for anyone who has ever wanted to be the greatest fifth grader ever. It’s also for anyone who has never wanted to be the greatest fifth grader ever. In short, grab Gertie’s hand and leap right in. It’s better than the best, smoothest, creamiest chocolates. Oh, good Lord, it is." -Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath
"Oh my lord, Gertie Reece Foy! This is a girl you can’t help but root for. I kept losing my place from laughing so hard while reading this book. And more than once, I had to hide my face in my hands and read through my fingers, or I caught myself sniffling. Gertie on a mission is a spectacle that is simply not to be missed." -Kate Milford, New York Times bestselling author of Edgar Award winning novel Greenglass House
"This story if full of fun surprises: zombie bullfrogs, faithful friends, humor, and hope . . . and a fabulous narrator. Not only is Gertie brave enough to see the world through hopeful eyes, but she's bold enough to be her uniquely wonderful self." -Natalie Lloyd, author of A Snicker of Magic
"From the first paragraph, I was Gertie’s fan. Her gumption, her voice, her determination, and her sass jump off the page. Realistic social situations combine with over-the-top personalities to make Gertie’s Leap to Greatness a surefire hit for kids who loved Ramona and Fudge--and who will one day want to be best friends with Scout. If your mission is to discover a funny, heartwarming, relatable, and entertaining middle grade novel, then jump for joy: Your mission is accomplished. Now dive in and see how Gertie does on hers." -Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company
"Kate Beasley is a writer to watch, as she herself is poised for a leap to greatness with her debut novel." -Mary Brown, Books, Bytes & Beyond
"Look out, world, here comes Gertie Reece Foy! Kate Beasley’s debut novel captures Gertie's story withplenty of wit and understanding." -Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop
"[Kate Beasley] writes in the spirit of Roald Dahl and Kate DiCamillo with all the spunk and ferocity of a Southern lady, and Gertie’s Leap to Greatness is equal parts Matilda and Because of Winn-Dixie. Heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny." -Clara Martin, Lemuria Books
"Gertie is a dynamic, fun, and well-delineated character, like Ramona and Clementine. Be prepared for Gertie to leap into your heart and mind in 2016." -John Schumacher, Ambassador of School Libraries
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed reading this story and you can relate to what Gertie is going through. I could easily compare this book to being the next Junie B. Jones or even Judy Moody series, yes it's that good people! I do think some kids would be able to relate to Gertie and everything that has happened to her and maybe just maybe, make them want to be a Gertie as well for what she did in the end!
Thank You to Kate Beasley for writing a good story for kids that I so hope will continue in the future!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
Fifth grade turns out to be a pivotal year for Gertie, who longs to be the greatest fifth grader in the world. And then disaster strikes in the form of Mary Sue, who is better at everything, and whose father is a movie producer. Gertie maneuvers hilariously throughout the year trying to one-up Mary Sue and keep the respect of her classmates.
What I loved:
Gertie is imaginative, creative, and totally independent in trying to solve her problems. Some great reading results. Kids can learn to ask for help from adults as they see Gertie trying to handle things on her own, yet not having the maturity needed to clearly understand the problem. Kids can also see the maturity Gertie finally develops as she bumbles along, searching for what she doesn't have.
What I wasn't thrilled about:
The characters routinely used God's name as a common saying, not in reverence. Aunt Rae, in being her rough self, had a favorite encouraging phrase I would change if reading aloud to a class.
All in all, Gertie's Leap to Greatness,by Kate Beasley, is a great book and destined to become a Newbery!! I gratefully received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Gertie Reece Foy is on a mission to be the best fifth grader in the universe and she never gives up! This is one ten year old who cannot be stopped. Kate Beasley weaves an uplifting tale that will bring tears and giggles.
Gertie's Leap to Greatness is an outstanding debut that makes me hope, that at ten years old, I was as cool as Gertie. It's realistic fiction written with an overdramatic voice that demands attention. The hope that her mission will succeed is what drives this plot and has readers rooting for Gertie to go get 'em. Jillian Tamaki's illustrations remind me of my own elementary school days pouring over similar stories like Fudge and Ramona Quimby. This story is destined to be remembered along with those endearing classics.
It's the kind of story that makes you instantly happy and eager to share with others. Gertie Reece Foy will leap off the pages of the book and steal your heart!
*eGalley provided in exchange for an honest review*
Written in a style that is easy for younger readers to follow along, but entertaining and challenging enough for an older audience as well, Gertie sets out to take a leap to greatness by achieving the beginning-of-the-school-year goal of being the best fifth grader ever. Unfortunately, Gertie’s challenge is not one unopposed, but rather a competition for greatness against Mary Sue Spivey. The stakes couldn’t be higher: Gertie’s motivation for greatness is founded in the fact that her mother has determined to move away from the small town, and Gertie’s only hope is to show her how it would be a terrible decision to leave behind their lives.
Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.
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