Synopses & Reviews
A fun, accessible chapter-book debut from an exciting new talent--simultaneous hardcover-paperback launch!
Marty McGuire 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: Why use stuffed-animal frog onstage when a live one would be so much better? In the end, Marty's one-of-a-kind performance makes for an unforgettable show. Maybe Marty CAN live happily ever after, after all!
and#8220;Writing for a younger audience than usual, Lowry displays a keen understanding of how second-grade classrooms operate.and#8221;and#8212; Horn Book
and#8220;Lowryand#8217;s masterful writing style reaches directly into her audience, managing both to appeal to young listeners and to engage readers.and#8221;and#8212; The Bulletin of the Center for Childrenand#8217;s Books
and#8220;Veteran author Lowry produces a laugh-out-loud chapter book.and#8221; Booklist
and#8220;and#8230;irrepressible Gooney Bird is that rare bird in childrenand#8217;s fiction: one that instantly becomes an amusing and popular favorite.and#8221; Kirkus Reviews
The first book in the lovable Gooney Bird series about the most interesting second-grader at Watertower Elementaryand#8212;by the two-time Newbery Award winner Lois Lowry.
From the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow second-graders are intrigued by her unique sense of style and her unusual lunches. So when story time arrives, the choice is unanimous: they want to hear about Gooney Bird Greene. And that suitsand#160;Gooney Birdand#160;just fine, because, as it turns out, she has quite a few interesting and "absolutely true" stories to tell.
Through Gooney Bird and her tales, the acclaimed author Lois Lowry introduces young readers to the elements of storytelling.and#160;This book will encourage the storyteller in everyone.
About the Author
Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Readerand#8217;s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver. Her first novel, A Summer to Die, was awarded the International Reading Associationand#8217;s Childrenand#8217;s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.