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Marty McGuire Paperback – May 1, 2011
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About the Author
Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of MOONSHOT: THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11 and LIGHTSHIP, both Sibert Honor Books. He has illustrated Avi’s award-winning Poppy series and, most recently, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s BALLET FOR MARTHA: MAKING APPALACHIAN SPRING. Brian grew up in Texas and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find him online at www.brianfloca.com.
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That nice Mrs. Lramer lied to me about the third grade.
On the last day of school, she gave us cupcakes with sprinkles and little beach umbrellas and said have a super-duper summer and she'd wave to us in the hallway next year. She said third grade would be even more fun than second grade. She said we'd read bigger books and keep our old friends and make new ones and even get to be in the school play.
None of it is true. Because Veronica Grace Smithers has stolen my best friend and taken over recess.
Top Customer Reviews
Second grade was fine. Marty had no beef with second grade. But for all that her second grade teacher made third grade sound like a bed of roses, Marty is having a rough time of it. Her best friend Annie has been stolen by princess-loving girly girl Veronica Grace and now she won't go frog hunting or do any of the other fun things she used to with Marty. So when the school play is announced (The Frog Prince) guess who's shocked and appalled when she ends up with the role of the princess? That's right. Marty has to be seriously convinced that this is a good plan and even then she's reluctant. Fortunately, actors always have little tricks to make their roles their own. And Marty has a trick up her sleeve that's a doozy.
The rise of the princess culture is a relatively recent phenomenon. I'm referring to the abject shameless marketing to little girls of anything and everything princessy. It didn't really exist when I was a kid, only hitting its stride in the last decade or so.Read more ›
"That nice Mrs. Kramer lied to me about third grade. On the last day of school, she gave us cupcakes with sprinkles and little beach umbrellas and said have a super-duper summer and she'd wave to us in the hallway next year. She said third grade would be even more fun than second grade. She said we'd read bigger books and keep our old friends and make new ones and even get to be in the school play.
None of it is true. Because Veronica Grace Smithers has stolen my best friend and taken over recess."
In the tradition of Ramona, Clementine, and Judy Moody, Marty McGuire is quite a character. I loved this story. This is an excellent book for young readers who are ready to move beyond Junie B. Jones (parents will like Marty better than Junie.) Marty is a strong character who deals with the challenges of changing friendships, bossy classmates and the typical pitfalls of being a third grader. Marty's relationships with her friends and family are very realistic and will strike a chord in young readers.
This is one of my favorite new finds! I can't wait to read more about Marty's adventures.
Recommended for 3rd Grade and up.
Mrs. Archer's rating 5 of 5!
(Note: I received a free advance reading copy of this book from the publisher at an American Library Association Annual Conference. I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, Scholastic!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book because it talked about a play and I read what happens in the play. I request this book to Erica Postma.Published on May 17, 2014 by Bella Mitchell
really quite interesting and fun for kids!cute illustrations and intertaining,but VERY short. I loved it at once. Cool fact too! I didn't know that .Published on February 27, 2014 by Bob Haver
Purchased it for my Grand daughter who loves to read stories out loud to me. She has finished it already.Published on February 6, 2014 by Lana Hathaway
My daughter completed a battle of the books competition, & this was one of her favs, so yes, we'd purchase again.Published on January 28, 2014 by Kristi Hinds
Marty is a very likeable character. There were some pretty funny parts in the story. I especially liked how the actual play turns out :)Published on January 21, 2014 by SallMallReads
The book Marty McGuire, was the best book ever. I hope other people will read this AWESOME book, and the other Marty McGuire books.Published on December 27, 2013 by S Heck