Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Hardcover: 256 pages | Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 4, 2016)
About Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
“Meet the new Ramona Quimby!” — Entertainment Weekly
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, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, 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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My Thoughts on Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
Gertie has a mission to become the best fifth grader in the whole world, and when Gertie’s starts a mission, she always finishes it. The only problem is that seat-stealing new girl, Mary Sue. it doesn’t take long before a full fledged rivalry flares up between Gertie and Mary Sue.
Gertie’s character is full of life and personality. From the way she dresses to the way she plans her missions, she is the kind of girl I would have loved to buddy up with as a kid. She has tons of energy and laser sharp tunnel vision when it comes to her mission. Even though she tries and fails several times, she keeps trying and never gives up.
I gave Gertie’s Leap to Greatness to Miss K and she loved it. She read the entire book in a couple of hours and had to tell me all about it. I love it when we can both read a book and then discuss it afterwards. It gives us something in common and something to bond over. And this story doled out laughs, tears, and lots of excitement.
Content: Taking the Lord’s name in vain.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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