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Marty McGuire Digs Worms! (Marty McGuire #2)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  246 ratings  ·  74 reviews
A funny, accessible chapter-book series about an irrepressible third grader.

Marty McGuire's third-grade class has a special assignment: Save the Earth! Even more exciting, the best project wins a special award. Marty's pretty sure her classmates' ideas won't stand a chance against her plan to turn the garbage from the school cafeteria into fertilizer. All she needs is a li...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published February 1st 2012)
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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I am a super big Marty fan. When the ARC of Marty McGuire Digs Worms arrived today, I had to immediately read it. Kate Messner perfectly captures the voice of a 3rd grader. Marty is likeable without being annoying. Annie, and Veronica Grace and the others from the first book are back. And there are so many lines that I loved - I want to pull out all the great quotes.

In this book Marty and her classmates have 5 weeks to create "How to Save the Earth" Projects. Marty's project (with some help from...more
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Marty McGuire is one of my favorite protagonists ever. I don't know if it is because she reminds me a bit of myself or because I wish I knew her, but either way, she is wonderful. Kate captures a 3rd graders voice with such brilliance- making her authentic and likeable.

On top of the amazing character and story, Marty McGuire is a great resource for the classroom. First, the whole story in this 2nd installment fits perfectly with any Earth Day...more
Franki Sibberson
So love this character and these books. I hope there are lots more about Marty coming soon!
Let's cross our fingers that there will be a book three. :)
Paul  Hankins
I remember reading Marty McGuire in my Disney hotel room in November of 2010 (and hardly being able to stand not coming right out to say how much I loved that book because it was a May release). Upon returning home from the Michigan Reading Association conference yesterday, I found an envelope from Scholastic. Scholastic hardly ever sends Mr. Hankins materials or titles, so I knew. . .I just knew. . .this had to be from someone I knew that had a Scholastic title forthcoming. And I was right.

Aw, man, I adore Marty! I read the first book last spring and knew Kate was on to something. What a fun book that is accessible for some of my lower readers - and yet one they would still want to read! I was delighted when I heard there was a second volume being created. (And I hope this is the second of many Mary installments.) In this book Marty and her classmates are competing to see who can create the best Earth Day project. I love the lessons embedded in this book - conservation, patience,...more
Another great Marty adventure takes place in this book and kids in 2nd-4th grades will love it. Marty's class is charged with designing earth-saving projects, she and her friend Annie settle on a worm bin for the cafeteria with her Grandma's help. Of course, Marty gets a little excited about the project and things don't quite go as planned. Will Marty be able to get out of another pickle? Read this great book to find out. Because of the project theme, it'd be great to have as part of Earth Day c...more
Seriously, I love anything Kate Messner writes! She has a unique talent for creating characters whose voices ring true. I especially love the strong female characters in her books and Marty is certainly no exception! Loved every single page of this one...and my fingers are crossed for a Book 3!
If you know my family, you know that we're into organic gardening, community supported agriculture, and worm composting. This was a fun book to read with the girls, they already knew most of the stuff Marty was learning, but it gave us a chane to talk about other elements of the story.
Colby Sharp
I LOVE Marty McGuire. I know a book is gread, when I start thinking about sharing it with my own personal children. I cannot wait to share Marty with my 1 and 3 year old daughters.

Characters like Marty McGuire are why fiction matters.
Marty McGuire is a third grader with a project to do. She needs to find a way to save the world's environment. Her grandmother helps her by introducing the idea of building a bench for earthworms that will eat the food scraps from the school cafeteria. Marty's zeal is greater than the earthworm project can handle. The resulting mishaps are funny as Marty takes responsibility for her mistakes and for the success of her project. Good read for this summer as the 2014 theme is FIZZ, BOOM, READ - all...more
Barb Middleton
Meet 5th grader Kayla. She didn't like to read, until she met Marty Mcguire

Here's the routine:

"Have you got the new Marty book?" Kayla asks. The staff is greeted every morning before school with this question.

"No Kayla, it is on a boat in the ocean," One of us replies. She hollers from the circulation desk into my office, "You'll give it to me when it comes, right?"

"Yes, your name is first on the list," I reassure her and she giggles and prances to class.

Last week my reply changed to: "It's gett...more
I listened to the first book about Marty and loved it, so now I was ready for the next one, but didn't expect it to be just wonderful. I read someone's review of this book some weeks ago, and remembered how much they loved it. It's true, I think I liked the voice and the adventure in this one even more than the first. There is such a strong voice in this young girl's character that a smile begins from the first pages. An assembly is held in the auditorium that has theater seats, where small kind...more
Carol Royce Owen
Kate Messner has a hit with third grader Marty McGuire because she's such a down-to-earth, not-afraid-to-get-dirty kind of girl (aka - a tomboy), that she's loved by girls and boys alike. In fact, I have a group of boys reading the first Marty McGuire book, and they are loving it.
In this installment Marty and her classmates are being challenged to do something to help save the world. When her and Annie's first plan to try to make paper fails, they work with Marty's "cool grandma" to create a wor...more
An excellent second outing in one of my new favorite chapter book series about a girl with bright ideas who isn't afraid to get her hands dirt, who humorously navigates the boundary between her exuberant desire to save the earth and the expectations of peers & grown-ups. In this book I especially loved Marty's cool grandma (as cool grandma's are a great asset to any child). I also liked the non-didactic environmental message...which encourages asking for advice, but doing the work yourself a...more
Marty and her fellow classmates hear Ms. Frog give a presentation at a school assembly about how the poison dart frog's habitat is being destroyed in the Amazon rainforest. Ms. Frog challenges the students to come up with their own ways they can help save the Earth and make it a better place for all . With her favorite Grandma's help, Marty and her best friend start a project to help eliminate garbage at their school involving worms, shredded paper and garbage! Great read for chapter book reader...more
Jeff Raymond
I want my future child to be like Marty McGuire. Maybe without the worms.

The second book with Marty, this one about Marty having to "save the world" with a class project. Some kids plant petunias, others work toward recycling, but Marty is thinking compost and worms, to predictably funny results.

The book is fun, inoffensive, and strikes the perfect balance between informative and interesting. If it made me want to start a compost bin, I can only imagine what it would do for the right kid who pic...more
Tracy Hora
Sweet, sweet book! I will be adding these to my library collection.
I hope there is a 4th book! I love this series!
I hope Kate Messner continues to write about Marty McGuire. She is such a wonderful character! She tries, she gets things wrong, she doesn't always do the right thing but her heart is in the right place. I also appreciated that this book didn't beat us over the head with the environmental theme. It was a strong theme, and a theme repeated throughout, but Kate pulled it off because she used Marty's voice so it never felt preachy. Instead it felt like a young girl inspired. Another winner from Kat...more
Jeremy Ruble
This book is a good intermediate step up from the Junie B. Jones books. It has the advantage of having proper grammar - which as a teacher I consider a plus! The story is simple; explores a little science; displays writing skills in Marty's journal entries. It contains a lot of things a teacher could launch lessons from. It feels "third grade", but I'd definitely suggest it to girls at the beginning of fourth grade! Solid, easy to read chapter book with plenty of pictures to support comprehensio...more
June Morgan
Once again, Kate Messner uses her character Marty McGuire to teach the reader through many hilarious events. Marty and her friend, with the help of her grandmother, decide to create worm bed using cafeteria scraps. Kate wants so much to win the recycling prize for her class. With the help of her grandmother, they learn many more things.

I adore Kate's Marty McGuire books. Not only are they funny, exciting, and eventful, the reader comes away with knowledge you didn't know.
A great chapter book for the middle elementary crowd! Messner is so good at tight plotting, characterization, and hitting just the right tone for her readers. Both boys and girls will enjoy this second Marty McGuire book, and they don't need to have read the first one to enjoy this one (although they'll probably want to go back and read the first!). I love how Marty gets recognized in the end; all's well that ends well without it being too saccharine.
Meghan Nels
My second and third grade students are loving the Marty McGuire series!
A book that is long enough for my 7 year old. I'm sick of her reading the books that are 68 pages and that she can finish in one sitting. This book is 162 pages and written ok. We liked the idea of a story about a compost pile since we have started one ourselves, but this book was a little too earth friendly for me if you know what I mean. I like saving the earth, but I don't want recycling shoved down my throat.
This book was just as great as the first book! Marty & Annie try to help the earth by building a worm habitat for the school cafeteria. Students can then put their food scraps in the worm box, lessening the amount of trash. There are a few kinks that Marty must work through as she tries to learn all about a worm habitat, making sure not to make it "a lousy place to be!" Great book series for young readers!
May 10, 2013 Annh added it
Marty McGuire builds a habitat for worms in the school cafeteria as part of the Save the Earth Project. She tells her friends that they can feed the worms all the cafeteria food that they don't want -- nothing will go to waste ever again! But when everyone lines up, even with stinky tuna sandwiches, it creates an "inhospitible environment," as Marty's grand mother calls it, and the worms escap.e
Margo Jantzi
This was perfect with our third grade class that did composting this fall.
Nov 08, 2012 Tasha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the Clementine series
Shelves: fiction, middle-grade
As was the case in the first book of the Marty McGuire series, imaginative and spunky Marty means well, but her plans are constantly going awry, and the fun of the story is seeing her creative solution to every difficulty. I think the Mary McGuire books might appeal to fans of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine series, and this one might be fun to read around Earth Day.
Julie Esanu
Just in time for Earth day! Marty is inspired to help the environment (and win a prize) after a challenge from a visiting scientist. With the help of her grandmother, Marty comes up with a plan to recycle the cafeteria food scraps with the help of some worms, her grandmother, and a lot of patience. Unfortunately, Marty plan's go awry.
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Kate Messner is an award-winning author, TED 2012 speaker, and former middle school English teacher. Her books for kids include THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.,SUGAR AND ICE, and EYE OF THE STORM (Walker/Bloomsbury Dec. 2010) the MARTY MCGUIRE series (Scholastic), SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY, and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW (Chronicle, Books). Kate also wrote SPITFIRE and CHAMPLAIN AND THE SILENT ONE, bot...more
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