This was one of the first books I ever sold, waaaay back when. I am not gonna lie - it was not always the smoothest of journeys to bookdom. Three editors and three years later, there were times when I truly did not know what would become of little Marty. But she has a PERFECT illustrator in Brian Floca, and a WONDERFUL home at Scholastic, and everyone there is treating her like a princess - muddy shoes and all. :-) She's out in stores a week early... and I'm so excited to introduce you to her!
MARTY McGUIRE by Kate Messner (Scholastic)
Marty McGuire would much rather spend recess pretending to be a scientist like Jane Goodall than dressing up as a floofy pink ballerina. When her third grade puts on a play and Marty is cast as the reluctant princess lead, she realizes that there are some things a lot scarier than a wild gorilla. But after a special lesson in the art of improvisation, Marty comes up with her OWN plan to IMPROVE the play... with semi-disastrous results. But in the end, Marty's one-of-a-kind performance makes for an unforgettable show. Maybe Marty CAN live happily ever after, after all!
Marty has a unforgettable comic voice, perfect for 7-10 year olds, and Brian Floca's illustrations are a joy. (If you've only seen the ARC, you must look at the finished book - it is gorgeous!)
Kirkus says: "Believable and endearing characters in a realistic elementary-school setting will be just the thing for fans of Clementine and Ramona."
Simultaneous hardcover-paperback launch. Further adventures of Marty will come early next year, with MARTY McGUIRE DIGS WORMS.
Check out the first few chapters on audio!
Buy the Paperback! or the Hardcover!
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