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Gertie's Leap to Greatness (Hardcover)

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By Kate Beasley, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)
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Gertie Foy has a pretty good life. Sure, her mom left when she was a baby, but she has a kind and strong dad, a loving Aunt Rae (who lets her eat Twinkies for breakfast!), and two best friends who are happy to help with all the fun "missions" she thinks up. So when Gertie hatches a plan to be the greatest fifth-grader ever, she is certain it will work, and that her mother will realize what she's been missing. Except Gertie didn't count on a new kid, Little Miss Perfect Mary Sue Spivey from California who's friends with movie stars, ruining her plan. Or the fact that the other fifth-graders might not like someone who wants to be better than them at everything. This is a great sometimes-sad-but-always-funny story, and the illustrations by Jillian Tamaki really capture the characters' personalities. I loved Gertie- she is loud and impulsive and makes mistakes, but she's always exactly like herself. 

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"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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374302610
ISBN-10: 0374302618
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English