Gertie's Leap to Greatness

By BEASLEY, Kate

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ISBN
9780374302610
Publisher
Farrar


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2016  |  Middle Grade

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 p...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2016

Gertie Reece Foy lives with her great-aunt Rae in coastal Alabama while her kind and loving father, Frank, works on an oil rig. Her mother, Rachel, who left the family when Gertie was a baby, lives across town, but now there's a for-sale sign on her lawn. Before Rachel moves away, Gertie wants to become the "greatest fifth grader in the whole school, world, and universe" in order to prove something to Rachel and to herself: "She'd show up on her mother's front porch, gleaming with ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

Gertie lives with her great-aunt in coastal Alabama while her father works on an oil rig. She wants to become the "greatest fi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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