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Stella Batts Needs a New Name Hardcover – January 15, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Stella Batts Series

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"Hi! My name is Stella Batts."
"Here are some pages for you to start your own journal."

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Courtney Sheinmel is the author of "All the Things You Are, Sincerely, Positively, " and "My So-Called Family". She graduated with honors from Barnard College, part of Columbia University, and attended Fordham University School of Law. Courtney lives, works, and writes in New York City. Visit her at www.courtneysheinmel.com.

Jennifer A. Bell is a children's book and greeting card illustrator. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design and worked for several years as a product designer before establishing herself as a freelance illustrator. She lives in Minneapolis MN with her husband and son.

Jennifer A. Bell is a children's book and greeting card illustrator. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design and worked for several years as a product designer before establishing herself as a freelance illustrator. She lives in Minneapolis MN with her husband and son.
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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: 7.5 x 1 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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My little one and I loved reading this book! It's super cute, and very easy to read a chapter or two just before bed. Stella is a great character with a very clear voice, and since we've finished reading this, she has really stayed with my little one! We will be purchasing more Stella books in the future!!
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Recently I read my first Stella Batts book to check them out before recommending them to my daughter. I loved the concept and the writing, so I showed them to my oldest who is 9. She loved the cover and description so we added book 1 Stella Batts Needs A New Name to our reading list. Shortly thereafter my daughter received a homework assignment, she had to pick a book, read it, and make a bookmark representing the story and a brief description. She choose this book and so we read it together. Currently when we read together we alternate pages. She loved the story and as soon as she was done her assignment we started book 2.

These are great fun reads. They are much more realistic than a lot of children's fiction. They are stories about a family, and revolve around family and school life. Each book begins with a series of facts about Stella Batts, in Stella Batts Needs a New Name the list is as follows:

A List by Stella Batts: Things You Should Know About this Book
1. It's an autobiography. That means I wrote it and it's all about me. I'm eight years old, I'm in third grade, and I live in Somers, California. My favorite place in Somers is Batts Confections - that's the candy store my family owns, and there's a lot about it in this book.
2. There's also stuff about some of my favorite people, like my best friend, Willa, my parents, and even my sister, Penny, who copies me a lot but she's still one of my favorites.
3. I even wrote about some people I don't like very much, like Joshua, the biggest meanie in my class. Joshua calls me Smella, because of something that happened on our class nature walk.
4. That's when I decided I had to change my name to something that does NOT rhyme with Smella.
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