Meet Marty McGuire! Marty would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty's absolutely, positively sure that there's been a huge mistake! But after a special lesson in the art of improvisation, Marty comes up with her own plan to improve the play. Maybe a princess in muddy sneakers can live happily ever after, after all!
by Kate Messner
by Annie Barrows
by Kelley Armstrong
by Carolyn Keene
by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
"Marty, a tomboy frog-catcher who idolizes Jane Goodall, is strikingly voiced by Cassandra Morris as the third-grader finds herself the reluctant star of the class play. Marty has no empathy for princesses, such as her nemesis Veronica Grace Smithers, who has "hair the color of a golden lab." So Marty's starring role in "The Frog Prince" at first bewilders and then transforms her, as she puts her own spin on it. Morris is terrific at portraying the characters--snooty girls, chummy boys, and patient adults--and her depiction of Marty's transformation is especially elegant. Morris has the nuances and personalities of kids down pat as she shares subtle lessons about friendship and self-discovery with humor and grace. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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