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Marty McGuire Digs Worms!
Kate Messner
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Marty McGuire Digs Worms! (Marty McGuire #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  363 Ratings  ·  83 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
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published February 1st 2012)
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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Mar 09, 2012 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-mg, 2012
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
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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
Franki Sibberson
Mar 11, 2012 Franki Sibberson rated it it was amazing
So love this character and these books. I hope there are lots more about Marty coming soon!
Mar 12, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
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
Heather Lander
Apr 13, 2016 Heather Lander rated it it was amazing
So adorable. Summer Reading choice for sure!
Apr 09, 2012 Lorna rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 19, 2012 Rachel added it
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.
Jun 03, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, humor, fiction, audio
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
Nov 19, 2014 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
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
Chrystal Phillips
Dec 04, 2015 Chrystal Phillips rated it really liked it
Marty and her best friend Annie, team up to save the world...with worms!! A class excited about science and making the world a better place, use hilariously cool projects to 'go green'. Plenty of humor and a moving plot, made this an enjoyable quick read. I was amused.
Feb 02, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Good beginning chapter book with authentic 3rd grade voice. Marty (female protagonist) plans a science project to help save the earth from pollution. Caring adults and believable children populate this gentle story.
Aliza Werner
Great follow up book in the series. Authentic characters, science facts, and appreciation of the environment all in one fun tale. Kate Messner writes another solid one for kids.
Carol Royce Owen
Apr 16, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2016 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short and sweet story of a couple third graders' attempt to win a school contest for saving the earth by starting a compost bin in their school cafeteria. There are some great lessons and ideas in here!
Poorly written. Kill me now. Five Year Old Book. My friend suggested this to me and umm....I can't even tell you what a mistake this was.
Apr 03, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2015 Terri rated it really liked it
Written very much in the style of Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. And I learned something about composting.
Bailie Govek
Jan 24, 2015 Bailie Govek rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book because Veronica Grace screamed when the worms escaped when she was line leader.
Library Lady Terri
A solid entry in the list of books for beginning chapter book readers.
May 08, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter
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
Dec 29, 2012 Jeff Raymond rated it really liked it
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
Tracy Hora
Jul 12, 2014 Tracy Hora rated it it was amazing
Sweet, sweet book! I will be adding these to my library collection.
Aug 04, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads, bookaday
I hope there is a 4th book! I love this series!
Elissa Schaeffer
May 08, 2012 Elissa Schaeffer rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2012 Jeremy Ruble rated it liked it
Shelves: ruble-40-2012
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
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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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