Andy Shane Is Not in Love

Overview

When a new girl comes to Andy's school, a jealous Dolores thinks he's in love ? but Andy's thoughts are on a companion of the four-legged kind.

On the day Ms. Janice introduces Lark Alice Bell to the class, Dolores is proud to be the new girl's helper at recess. But Dolores is not so glad to see her friend Andy scribbling LAB inside a heart in his notebook, and she's downright mad to find out that Lark has visited Andy at home. Luckily, when they all go back to Lark's house ? ...

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Overview

When a new girl comes to Andy's school, a jealous Dolores thinks he's in love — but Andy's thoughts are on a companion of the four-legged kind.

On the day Ms. Janice introduces Lark Alice Bell to the class, Dolores is proud to be the new girl's helper at recess. But Dolores is not so glad to see her friend Andy scribbling LAB inside a heart in his notebook, and she's downright mad to find out that Lark has visited Andy at home. Luckily, when they all go back to Lark's house — and take a peek at the squirming puppies in her basement — Dolores figures out what has really been on Andy's mind all along. In his fourth engaging adventure, Andy Shane learns about the delicate balance of old friends and new, and the special joy of bringing home a dog of his own.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In Jennifer Richard Jacobson's story (Candlewick, 2008) for beginning readers, Andy Shane is assigned to show the new student, Lark Alice Bell, around his classroom. Dolores, the class busybody, tries to butt in and monopolize Lark, so the teacher allows her to be Lark's recess buddy. Andy and Lark build a snow cave together, and the boy learns that her yellow Lab had puppies and there is still one available for adoption. When recess is over, Andy and Lark get teased by their classmates for being in love. Andy and Lark become reading buddies and while waiting to read, Andy doodles a heart with the word LAB inside. Dolores mistakes the word for Lark's initials and blurts out, "Andy Shane, you are in love!" In the end, Andy adopts the puppy, Dolores realizes that Andy actually loves the dog, and the three of them become friends. Rachel Lillis perfectly captures the voices and intonations of the young students, but she gives Granny Webb a stereotypical creaky, elderly person's voice. Page-turn signals are optional. Fans of Cynthia Rylant's Henry and Mudge series will enjoy Andy Shane.—Nancy Baumann, University of Columbia-Missouri
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763632120
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Series: Andy Shane Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 505,466
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.63 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Richard Jacobson has written numerous books for young readers, including three other books about Andy Shane. She lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

Abby Carter is the illustrator of all the books about Andy Shane, as well as MY HIPPIE GRANDMOTHER by Reeve Lindbergh. She lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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Read an Excerpt

New Girl in Town

Dolores Starbuckle leaned over Andy Shane’s desk. She pointed to thepicture Andy was drawing. "Make a turret here," she said.

"What’s a turret?" asked Yumi.

"It’s the pointy part of a castle," said Dolores.

"Who said we’re making a castle?" asked Andy. He and Dolores werebusy planning the snow fort they would make when the snow was warmenough and wet enough to stick.

"Good morning, class," said Ms. Janice.

"Good morning, Ms. Janice," said the students, looking up from theirbooks and games and papers.

Ms. Janice was not alone. She had her arm around a girl who was wearing pink overalls and lime-green sneakers tied with ribbons instead of shoelaces. The girl’s eyes seemed to dance.

"This is Lark Alice Bell," said Ms. Janice. "She’s just moved to town andwill be in our class this year."

"Hello, Lark," said Dolores, shooting her hand into the air. "I’ll be yourhelper if you want. I know all the class rules and procedures, such as, 'Be a responsible and respectful class member.'"

"Thank you, Dolores," said Ms. Janice. "Perhaps you can be Lark’sguide on the playground. I thought Andy Shane might like to help Larkin class this morning, since his desk will be right next to hers."

"Lucky duck," whispered Dolores.

"Andy, please come forward and meet Lark," said Ms. Janice.

Andy’s face turned the color of his favorite crayon: Razzle Dazzle Rose.

"Oooh," said the other kids.

Andy showed Lark where to sit during morning meeting, where to find the math materials, and where to sharpen her pencil.

At recess, Dolores made it clear that it was her turn to be the helper.

So Andy ran off to climb the big snowbank left by the plow.

He dug a hole and sat in the bottom. It was a peaceful place to be.

"Hi, Andy Shane," said a voice from the top of his hole. "What areyou doing in there?"

"Just sitting," said Andy. "Come on down."

Lark slipped in next to Andy. "This is like a cave," she said.

Andy smiled. He was proud of his hole.

"The closet in my old house felt like a cave," said Lark. "That’s wheremy dog had her puppies."

"You have puppies?" asked Andy.

"Four," said Lark. "They’re black Lab puppies. They’re so cute. Theyhave these little bodies with giant paws and big noses."

"I have wanted a dog my whole life," said Andy. "My Granny Webb saidMAYBE I was old enough to get one."

"Does ‘maybe’ mean yes, or does ‘maybe’ mean no?"

"With Granny Webb, ‘maybe’ means ‘maybe,’" said Andy.

"Maybe," said Lark, "you can have one of mine."

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