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The Year of Billy Miller

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Publisher Comments:

A 2014 Newbery Honor Book
A New York Times Bestseller

Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books; Frindle, by Andrew Clements; and the Clementine series.

The New York Times declared: "Henkes's delightful story is restrained and vivid . . . forgoing the overdramatic or zany, it shows the substance, warmth and adaptability of beautifully common family love." When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.

Review:

"It's the Year of the Rabbit, according to Billy Miller's new second-grade teacher. It's also the year of several dilemmas for the boy, including the fear he might 'start forgetting things' due to bumping his head while on vacation over the summer. Then there's the habitat diorama that Billy is assigned — the bat cave he creates doesn't turn out quite like he'd hoped. Henkes's (Junonia) gentle slice-of-life novel, divided into four sections, humorously examines these and other plights while capturing the essence of Billy's relationships with four significant figures in his life: his teacher (who he accidentally insults on the first day of school); his stay-at-home, struggling-artist father; his sometimes annoying, sometimes endearing three-year-old sister; and his mother, about whom Billy must compose a poem to be presented at the end of the school year. Each segment introduces a new conflict that Billy manages to resolve without too much fuss or torment. The book's clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A funny second-grade school story involvingand#160;lost teeth,and#160;gross table manners, the weirdness of idioms, a new kid from France, and the ups and downs of friendship.

Synopsis:

The third title in a chapter book series featuring African American and Latino boys thatand#39;s full of kid-friendly charm and universal appeal.

Synopsis:

Carlos isnandrsquo;t sure how he feels about the news that his cousin Bernardo will be joining his class at Carver Elementary. But when Bernardo comes to live with him temporarily, taking over Carlosandrsquo;s top bunk, his spot on the school soccer team, and even his Papiandrsquo;s attention, Carlos knows he isnandrsquo;t happy. Worse, Bernardo starts messing with Carlosandrsquo;s pet geckos! Carlos tries to see past his cousinandrsquo;s annoying ways, but Bernardo sure doesnandrsquo;t make it easy. Will Carlosandmdash;and his geckosandmdash;survive Bernardoand#39;s visit? Can he keep the peace for his familyandrsquo;s sake?and#160;and#160;
and#160;and#160;and#160;
Emerging and newly independent readersand#160;are sure to recognize themselves in this humorous school and family story.and#160;
and#160;
and#160;

Synopsis:

With a friend like Patrick, who needs enemies? Patrick is a showoff and a prankster, and Richard is his usual target. Resolved not to let Patrick get him in trouble, Richard is sucked in by The Mosquito,and#160;a way to eat redand#160;Jell-O through a straw, and of course trouble ensues. Complications arise when the new girl from France thinks the boys are seriously injured, and miscommunication isand#160;all too easyand#160;when idioms in English and in Frenchand#160;are taken literally.and#160;The shifting alliances, interests, and concernsand#160;of second-gradersand#160;are authentically and humorously depicted in this easy-to-read school story.

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062268129
Author:
Henkes, Kevin
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Author:
English, Karen
Author:
Gilson, Jamie
Author:
Freeman, Laura
Subject:
Situations / New Experience
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Manners & Etiquette
Subject:
Ethnic - Hispanic & Latino
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
The Carver Chronicles
Publication Date:
20130917
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b+w illustrations
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 6 up to 9

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's the Year of the Rabbit, according to Billy Miller's new second-grade teacher. It's also the year of several dilemmas for the boy, including the fear he might 'start forgetting things' due to bumping his head while on vacation over the summer. Then there's the habitat diorama that Billy is assigned — the bat cave he creates doesn't turn out quite like he'd hoped. Henkes's (Junonia) gentle slice-of-life novel, divided into four sections, humorously examines these and other plights while capturing the essence of Billy's relationships with four significant figures in his life: his teacher (who he accidentally insults on the first day of school); his stay-at-home, struggling-artist father; his sometimes annoying, sometimes endearing three-year-old sister; and his mother, about whom Billy must compose a poem to be presented at the end of the school year. Each segment introduces a new conflict that Billy manages to resolve without too much fuss or torment. The book's clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A funny second-grade school story involvingand#160;lost teeth,and#160;gross table manners, the weirdness of idioms, a new kid from France, and the ups and downs of friendship.
"Synopsis" by ,
The third title in a chapter book series featuring African American and Latino boys thatand#39;s full of kid-friendly charm and universal appeal.

"Synopsis" by ,
Carlos isnandrsquo;t sure how he feels about the news that his cousin Bernardo will be joining his class at Carver Elementary. But when Bernardo comes to live with him temporarily, taking over Carlosandrsquo;s top bunk, his spot on the school soccer team, and even his Papiandrsquo;s attention, Carlos knows he isnandrsquo;t happy. Worse, Bernardo starts messing with Carlosandrsquo;s pet geckos! Carlos tries to see past his cousinandrsquo;s annoying ways, but Bernardo sure doesnandrsquo;t make it easy. Will Carlosandmdash;and his geckosandmdash;survive Bernardoand#39;s visit? Can he keep the peace for his familyandrsquo;s sake?and#160;and#160;
and#160;and#160;and#160;
Emerging and newly independent readersand#160;are sure to recognize themselves in this humorous school and family story.and#160;
and#160;
and#160;
"Synopsis" by ,
With a friend like Patrick, who needs enemies? Patrick is a showoff and a prankster, and Richard is his usual target. Resolved not to let Patrick get him in trouble, Richard is sucked in by The Mosquito,and#160;a way to eat redand#160;Jell-O through a straw, and of course trouble ensues. Complications arise when the new girl from France thinks the boys are seriously injured, and miscommunication isand#160;all too easyand#160;when idioms in English and in Frenchand#160;are taken literally.and#160;The shifting alliances, interests, and concernsand#160;of second-gradersand#160;are authentically and humorously depicted in this easy-to-read school story.
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