Marty McGuire by Kate Messner

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If you’re looking for last minute gifts for those chapter book readers on your list, I’d like to highly recommend Marty McGuire by Kate Messner – illustrated by Brian Floca (Scholastic Press/2011)!

Third grader Marty McGuire is upset to learn that her teacher has chosen her to play the Frog Princess in the school play. There’s no way Marty will wear a sparkly princess dress! Let snooty Veronica or her ex-best friend Annie play the part! But after the teacher convinces Marty to try it out, she decides to be the best Frog Princess she can be and learns a bit about improvising, which leads to a surprise at the actual play!

Marty is funny, spunky, and confident, and loves frogs. I love that her mother is a wildlife rehabilitator! I kept turning pages, waiting to see what Marty would do next! I’m thrilled to learn that there’s a second Marty book (Marty McGuire Digs Worms) coming out in April of 2012!

This is the last post for 2011, but I’ll be back with a whole slew of great reading recommendations, author interviews, and book give-aways in 2012! Thank you so much for reading along! I wish all of you a very happy holiday and the very best for the new year!

NOTE: I announced the winner of a copy of Sara Zarr’s How To Save A Life on Thursday, but she hasn’t stepped forward yet to claim her prize. If anyone knows Stephanie Wardrop, could you please let her know she won and needs to contact me? Thank you!

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