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Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
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Mar 15, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

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 through a series of events, Marty finds a way to make the part her very own.

Friendship is such a key component of chapter books and Marty is shown struggling with the changes in her own friend, Annie, who seems to be falling under the spell of bossy-pants, Veronica. (What is it about that name? That's what I named a know-it-all girl in an unpublished chapter book manuscript of my own!)

Three cheers to Kate Messner for this thoroughly enjoyable addition to books for younger readers.

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