Justin Case

School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters

By Rachel Vail; Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312532901, 245pp.)

Publication Date: April 27, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2010 Kids' Next List
“Poor Justin! He is a worrier. Robbers, tests, even earning Superstars in school are sources of stress. He tells his story in a series of short journal entries that follow his third grade school year from September through June. Readers will cheer - and laugh! Justin (Case) Krzeszewski is my new hero!”
-- Christopher Rose, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA


Description

It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn't seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he's lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can't tell anyone, because technically he's too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?

Here is third grade in all its complicated glory--the friendships, the fears, and the advanced math. Acclaimed author Rachel Vail captures third grade with a perfect pitch, and Matthew Cordell's line art is both humorous and touching. As Justin bravely tries to step out of his shell, he will step into readers' hearts.

"Justin Case" is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.




About the Author
Rachel Vail is the author of the Friendship Ring series and the Avery sisters trilogy, which includes the critically acclaimed Lucky and Gorgeous, as well as the novels You, Maybe; If We Kiss; Do-Over; Ever After; Daring to be Abigail; and Wonder. Rachel is also the author of the picture books Righty and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet, Sometimes I m Bombaloo, and the series of early reader books Mama Rex & T. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Tamera Wissinger was inspired to write this novel-in-verse after writing "Night Crawlers," a poem that stemmed from her fun childhood memories of night crawler hunting with her dad before fishing trips. A graduate of Hamline University's MFA Writing for Children program, Tamera Wissinger shares her time between Chicago and Florida. This is her first book.
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