Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

By: Kate Beasley

Illustrator: Jillian Tamaki

This hilarious debut spins together sparkling humor and a main character with sass and smarts. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780374302610

JLG Release: Jan 2017


Sensitive Areas: Mild language
Topics: Abandoned children , Mothers , Schools , Family , Family life , Humorous stories

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Awards & Honors

Booklist 2016 Top 10 Books for Youth, First Novels
Booklist 2016 Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth, Middle Readers, Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews

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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 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 greatness . . . and then Rachel Collins would know that Gertie Foy was one-hundred-percent, not-from-concentrate awesome and that she didn’t need a mother anyway. So there.” Standing in Gertie’s way is the rich, prissy new girl at school, whose own mother is waging an environmentalist campaign against oil rigs, and whose ambition for fifth-grade greatness is just as strong as Gertie’s. The busy plot—Gertie resuscitates a frog; she helps Aunt Rae babysit a spirited five-year-old; she thinks her teacher hates her; all her classmates turn against her; she saves the class play; she gets in trouble for walking off with the school secretary’s bowl of chocolates—may not be to everyone’s taste, but slice-of-life fans should enjoy the homespun humor. Personality-rich illustrations by Tamaki (which skew young) help set the scene; the picture of Gertie, triumphant after dispensing with the whole bowl of chocolates, for example, speaks louder than words. elissa gershowitz

Book Details

ISBN

9780374302610

First Release

January 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 720L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language

Topics

Abandoned children, Mothers, Schools, Family, Family life, Humorous stories,

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