Gooney Bird on the Map

Gooney Bird on the Map

By Lois Lowry; Middy Thomas (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547556222, 125pp.

Publication Date: November 2011

Gooney Bird Greene returns for more adventures in this chapter-book series from two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry, with Middy Thomas's black-and-white illustrations bringing the classroom to life throughout. Mrs. Pidgeon's second grade class has a lot to celebrate in February: presidents birthdays, Valentine's Day, and school vacation. Of course, the students are talking about their awesome vacation plans every chance they get. It can be hard to focus on subtraction problems when you re heading to Hawaii or Florida in seventeen minus seven days But most of the class (twelve minus three of them, in fact) will be staying home during vacation. Can Gooney Bird Greene keep spirits up while everyone is feeling down? Gooney Bird has a great idea that sends her classmates and her on a snowy spin through U.S. history and geography

About the Author
Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association s Children s Book Award.

Middy Thomas is a native Mainer. She loves all forms of art and works in all mediums, from painting to printing to sculpture. Ms. Thomas also teaches two art classes a week in her studio.

Praise For Gooney Bird on the Map

"Gooney Bird doesn't need much help putting herself on the map. She'll be famous for years to come."-Kirkus

"In this fifth book in the series, Lowry deals with the ticklish classroom issue of students gloating about vacations. She (and Mrs. Pidgeon and Gooney Bird) handle it well, helping young readers reflect on the competitive chatter that often strains the fabric of a class right before holidays."-Horn Book 

"Witty and perceptive in equal measure, the book features fine-tuned dialogue, kid-friendly illustrations, and a strongly realized classroom setting." -Booklist