Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share the titles we can't wait to release.


Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley. 256 p. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, October 4, 2016. 9780374302610.

Publisher synopsis: 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, 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.

I learned about this from author, Barbara O'Connor's blog last month. The cover has a lovely, retro Blueberries for Sal vibe to me.

1 comment:

  1. It's charming. Funny and good-hearted. Strong character. Darling illustrations.