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 comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again-one laugh at a time. From the Compact Disc edition.
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"Narrator Tara Sands's youthful verve expresses the enthusiasm and na•vetŽ of heroine Gertie Reece Troy, who is determined to become "the greatest fifth-grader in the universe." Sands contrasts this grit with a portrait of Gertie's rival, bratty Mary Sue Spivey. Gertie has a darker, more complicated rationale than mere enthusiasm for her goal. She was abandoned by her mother as a baby, and now her mother plans to move away. Sands articulates both Gertie's mother's coldness and Gertie's need for maternal recognition. Gertie's longing creates a strong subplot and undercurrent to the narration. But Sands's breezy reading predominates. Her tone emphasizes Gertie's resilience and, ultimately, her realization that the best course is to find joy in what she has, not to focus on what she's missing. S.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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