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Marty McGuire (Marty McGuire #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,874 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
A fun, accessible chapter-book debut from an exciting new talent--simultaneous hardcover-paperback launch!

Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty's absolutely, positively sure that there's been a huge mistake. But af
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Jubilation Lee
Ugh, my friends, I heart this book so hard. I want all my junior-level books to be this fantastic, because then I would never ever lack for brilliant age-appropriate recommendations ever again and my job would be so much easier.

I brought it to a third grade visit the other day, which turned out to be amazing. Two of the classes had read it and two hadn’t yet, and the entire visit devolved into chaos as thirty-five overly-emotional kids tried to convince their peers that they REALLY NEEDED TO REA
Barb Middleton
Nov 19, 2014 Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing
Ask any 3rd grade teacher. Ask any librarian. Ask any publisher. There are not enough books for readers who are just starting to read longer chapter books. We need more Marty Mcguire books. It's well-written, funny, and entertaining.

Meet tomboy, Marty. She is having problems with her best friend, Annie, who has embraced dancing, frilly things, and new friendships... like Veronica Grace, the ultimate girly girl. In order to win back Annie, Marty tries to play dress up and learn to dance with the
Jul 19, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing
It's high time "tomboys" rescued their term from its negative connotations. One very rarely runs across parents who use the word with pride. It happens, sure, but more often than not it's paired with a complaint. Same goes for tomboys in children's books. They exist but they tend to appear in works of historical fiction more often than not. The contemporary tomboy is, oddly enough, relatively rare these days. Maybe that's one of the reasons I loved Kate Messner's Marty McGuire as much as I did. ...more
The Library Lady
Aug 10, 2011 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Love Marty. She is no cutesy-wutesy, but a very real little girl, and her classmates are real kids too. Especially like the improv scene and the ending, where even Veronica Grace (Princess Bossy Pants) to Marty proves to be not so bad after all. And there's a nice nod to Beverly Cleary, whose immortal Ramona is clearly one of Marty's predecessors.
Another series to add to an ever growing shelf of books for girls ready for short novels--now all we need is an equal number of such series for boys!
June Morgan
May 07, 2011 June Morgan rated it it was amazing
All I want to say is move over Ramona, Judy Moody, and Clementine, there is a new kid on the horizon who is mischievous, likeable, witty, daring, smart, tomboyish, funny, creative, and I could go on and on. Alas, welcome to the new character, Marty McGuire, created by one of the best elementary and middle grade authors, Kate Messner, and illustrator Brian Floca.

It would take someone like Marty to turn a somewhat boring end of the year class play into something hilarious so that not only the pare
Jun 09, 2013 Nan rated it really liked it
Marty is my kind of girl. No princess frilly stuff for her. Marty likes to catch frogs at the pond or pretend she is Jane Goodall saving chimpanzees. Unfortunately, her teacher chooses her to play the part of the princess in the class production of "A Frog Prince". With a little coaching from a local actor, Marty, learns to really feel her character and also how to improvise. On opening night, Marty and her friend Rupert decide to put their own twist on the classic fairy tale. You'll have to rea ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Writing for 1st to 3rd grade is not easy. Well maybe it is easier to write for them but harder to write so that the adults who might be reading the books aloud to that age group don't go insane. Kate Messner has created magic with Marty McGuire. I am so excited to see that this will be a series. Can't wait till May to start sharing it with students. Will post a more complete review closer to the release date but will say at this point that if you don't have Marty McGuire on your TBR list go add ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
Marty McGuire is a fun, big-hearted chapter book about a tomboy named Marty who feels a touch alienated from the other girls in her class who are into princesses. Her former best friend Annie has been hanging out with them at recess (they used to play Jane Goodall and save chimps together), but Marty slips away to catch frogs with the boys. When she is cast as the princess in the school play, mayhem may just ensue. This would be great for girls who are navigating the shifting world of middle gra ...more
Jul 23, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Third-grader Marty McGuire is not a princessy sort of girl, so when her teacher casts her as the lead in The Frog Prince, she's understandably miffed. She doesn't want to twirl around the stage in a poofy dress. But when she blends her love of amphibians with her role in the play, Marty just might be able to come up with a solution that satisfies everyone.

Overall, I liked this. Marty is realistic and thinks like a kid, even if her tomboyishness is heavyhanded - did you get that? That she doesn't
Jun 02, 2014 Agatha rated it liked it
This book is #1 in the series which my daughter and I had already started with a previous-read-aloud (#2 in the series), Marty McGuire Digs Worms!. I believe I liked MMDW better, however, but I think my daughter liked both equally.

In this one, Marty is in 3rd grade and is assigned to be the princess in the “Princess and the Frog Prince” 3rd grade play. She doesn’t want to be the princess b/c she is more of a tom-boy, but her teacher and her parents convince her that she was chosen precisely b/c
May 01, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Marty McGuire by Kate Messner is a contemporary realistic fiction book written for elementary school kids aged 8-10. The book is about a young girl known as Marty McGuire who loves using her free time to catch frogs in the pond instead of playing with dolls and dress-up like all the other girls. So, as soon as her teacher gives Marty the princess role in a play they were acting in the class, she is immediately convinced that there has been a huge mistake. However, following a particular lecture ...more
Jenn Estepp
Jan 25, 2016 Jenn Estepp rated it really liked it
I just might have a new favorite early chapter book series, which delights me to no end. There's so much I adore about Marty and this book, but chief among them is the voice, which is terrifically real and appropriate and just overall really fun. Great book that I look forward to recommending. Can't wait to read more adventures.
Jun 16, 2013 Darla rated it it was amazing
Marty McGuire begins third grade and is sure her second grade teacher lied to her. Third grade is not as much fun. Especially when the teacher casts Eric as the princess in the frog prince. After a class in improvisation. She decides to improvise in the play to make it better!
Sam Bloom
Deserves 4 1/2 stars. This is the best book of the early chapter book/spunky early/middle grade girl genre in years. And I think I may need a catchier, more concise name for that genre.
Dec 04, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit, 2011
It is usually an exercise in patience for me to read books aimed at the youngest of chapter book readers - but this was truly a pleasure. I love Marty McGuire!
Dawn Little
Nov 26, 2011 Dawn Little rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
An engaging, easy-to-read chapter book for middle grade readers. Girls AND boys will find ways to connect with this exuberant character.
Jun 06, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2013
This will be a great book for K-3 as a read aloud. We will be participating in the Global Read Aloud Project in the fall of 2013.
Meg Medina
Dec 12, 2012 Meg Medina rated it it was amazing
This was a Girls of Summer 2012 selection. Review here.
Jun 02, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-to-read
So cute! My 7 and 9 yr olds loved it and I enjoyed it, too! A slightly more mature version of Ramona Quimby meets Junie B Jones.
Jun 17, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Perfect third-grade read-aloud!
Carol Royce Owen
Apr 26, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book because too often books for a 3rd/4th grade level offer little in content. But I loved Marty McGuire. Marty is a 3rd grade girl who, so far, is not too crazy about her 3rd grade experience, especially since her former best friend Annie has a new best friend Veronica Grace. And now, to make matters worse her class is doing a play - the Frog Prince and Marty isn't too certain she wants to be involved. I found the characters to be well developed and (thinking as ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Shazzer rated it really liked it
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Marty McGuire does not do princesses. She doesn't do frilly dresses or tiaras or waltzes. She'd much prefer to be playing outdoors, rescuing imaginary chimpanzees like Jane Goodall and pretending to win the Nobel Peace Prize. But when it comes time for the third grade play, "The Frog Prince", Marty is called upon to be the princess, and she's not happy about it. Eventually she gets into the whole acting thing, with the help of a wonderful teacher, and even finds her
This little gem is for the discerning reader who is ready for characters and plots that go beyond your basic Junie B Jones stories. Marty is navigating the rough waters of third grade... her best friend is more into dancing these days than tadpole hunting, and Marty's mother doesn't understand why she keeps having various recess adventures that cause her to be sent home in the nurse's emergency set of clothes. It's bad enough when Mrs. Aloi tells her class that they're going to be putting on a p ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
Third grader Marty McGuire is more into nature and the outdoors than playing dress-up and princessy things. She admires people like Jane Goodall (as do I) and is not afraid to catch a big bullfrog in the pond near the playground at recess, even if it means getting a bit muddy. So why would her teacher cast her as the Princess in the class play of The Princess and the Frog? Why not Veronica Grace (a.k.a. Princess Bossypants) who wears sparkly clothes and loves dancing and dressing up?

Her teacher,
Jan 27, 2011 Peg rated it really liked it
Marty was really looking forward to third grade; after all, her second grade teacher had promised it would be even better than second had been. Unfortunately, reality was not matching up with that billing. Veronica Grace has "stolen" Marty's best friend Annie. Annie no longer wants to catch frogs and crayfish, climb trees or play in the woods pretending to be Jane Goodall. Now she's joined the Veronica Grace fan club, and Marty is hurting. When her teacher announces they will be spending the nex ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Beverly rated it it was amazing
From the back of the book:

"That nice Mrs. Kramer lied to me about third grade. On the last day of school, she gave us cupcakes with sprinkles and little beach umbrellas and said have a super-duper summer and she'd wave to us in the hallway next year. She said third grade would be even more fun than second grade. She said we'd read bigger books and keep our old friends and make new ones and even get to be in the school play.

None of it is true. Because Veronica Grace Smithers has stolen my best fr
Mar 15, 2011 Kirby rated it really liked it
True confession: I am a sucker for chapter books, those books for the newly confident and independent 1st through 3rd grade reader. The drama! The humor! The great characters! My daughter and I read nearly all of Patrica Reilly Giff's Polk Street School Kids series, back in the day.

Kate Messner's addition to that genre is welcome and delightful. Marty is a tomboy who, to her great dismay, gets cast as the princess in the Princess and the Frog play at school. Her mom won't let her back out and th
Eleni Kastanis
Oct 27, 2015 Eleni Kastanis rated it it was amazing
A strong female character that both boys and girls can relate to. Marty is a non-traditional student that isn't afraid to show how unique she is. When she is cast as the lead in her class play The Princess and the Frog she decides to make it her own by replacing the stuffed frog with a real one. Along the way she learns lessons such as people change, and how to accept others that are not like you.

A great plot with relatable characters and situations.

Guided Reading Level: N
Jul 29, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Marty is a fun character! She is spunky and curious, but she is positive that she doesn't like "princessy-stuff." She is cast as the lead in "The Frog Prince" because she is spunky and curious. Her 3rd grade teacher just knows she will be wonderful! As the rehearsals go along for 3 weeks Marty becomes comfortable with the play and the idea of playing a princess. When she decides that the toy frog being used as their prop just isn't the right choice you know some funny things are in store. It's a ...more
Aliza Werner
A perfect book for children just starting to read chapter books. Marty is a fun, spirited, active tomboy who breaks gender stereotypes, and is an honestly written character. The 3rd grade school play teaches the kids to improvise, and they take those lessons with them in their performance and in their real lives. Kate Messner does it again with her engaging books for kids!
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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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