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“Gertie is determined to win back the love of her mother by becoming the GREATEST fifth grader in the history of Carroll elementary school. She has two best friends, she has resuscitated a frog and she has talent. Everything is on track for Gertie’s Leap to Greatness! Until the new girl, Mary Sue Spivey shows up. Mary Sue is prettier, smarter and lives with two parents. She is a seat stealer and knows a movie star, Jessica Walsh, too. Mary Sue is determined to put Gertie back in her place and become the GREATEST fifth grader ever known. And, she does. Will Gertie overcome her desire to win the coveted title of GREATEST fifth grader and please her family or will she shove the seat-stealing Mary Sue into a closet and take the lead? This is a great read for girls struggling through the drama of fourth/fifth grade. I loved it!”Kristin, McLean & Eakin Booksellers
For fans of Three Times Lucky and The Penderwicks, this endearing new classic spins together sparkling humor, sizzle-pop writing, and a sassy main character with an unforgettable voice.
Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she'll be leaving behind. There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.
From debut author Kate Beasley comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again--one laugh at a time.
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