Mary marony and the chocolate surprise

Mary marony and the chocolate surprise

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by Suzy Kline, Blanche Sims
     
 

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It's a great day at school when Mary Marony's teacher brings in chocolate bars for the whole class. Mrs. Bird has hidden golden tickets inside the wrappers of five bars. Whoever picks the chocolate surprises will get to have lunch with Mrs. Bird. Mary hopes mean Marvin Higgins doesn't win—he wins everything. Mary wants to have lunch with her favorite teacher. If…  See more details below

Overview

It's a great day at school when Mary Marony's teacher brings in chocolate bars for the whole class. Mrs. Bird has hidden golden tickets inside the wrappers of five bars. Whoever picks the chocolate surprises will get to have lunch with Mrs. Bird. Mary hopes mean Marvin Higgins doesn't win—he wins everything. Mary wants to have lunch with her favorite teacher. If only she could find a way to get a golden ticket....

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Another winner from Kline. Mary Maroney is a second grader who stutters at times. Her class has just finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Mrs. Bird is re-creating the golden-ticket portion of the story. The five children who find tickets in their chocolate bars will be treated to a pizza party, and Mary is determined not to let Marvin, who is disruptive and makes fun of the teacher, spoil classroom activities again. In the process, however, she must deal with a guilty conscience about cheating. The spare ink sketches carry the plot effectively for these realistic characters. Kline's fans will find this beginning chapter book a satisfying, natural extension of Mary Marony and the Snake (Putnam, 1992).-Christina Dorr, Calcium Primary School, NY
Stephanie Zvirin
One of Kline's best, this sprightly chapter book packages an important message in a sweet, simple story. Mary Marony desperately wants to be one of the five lucky students to find a golden ticket in one of the chocolate bars Mrs. Bird is using for a classroom game based on the story "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". When some unauthorized peeks reveal that obstreperous Marvin, whom Mary dislikes, is set to win, Mary makes a chocolate bar exchange. As luck would have it, though, her winning is tarnished by her dishonesty, leaving her wondering whether cheating is sometimes OK or" always wrong. The dialogue is spunky, the situation and characters seem quite believable, and the humor and neat twist at the end add special glitter to the goings-on. Illustrations by Blanche Sims (seen only in galley) are chockablock with their own brand of lighthearted fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399228292
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Suzy Kline, the author of nineteen previous Horrible Harry books and four books about Song Lee, lives in Willington Connecticut with her husband, Rufus. Suzy and Rufus have been married for thirty-eight years. They met in the state where they both grew up: California. Suzy grew up in Berkeley and Rufus in Sacramento. Suzy graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in European history. She met Rufus at the Davis campus while attending that campus for a year. They got married and lived in different places, including Canada, before settling into Connecticut, the state they now call home.

Suzy taught in 5th and 6th grades at Shannon Elementary School in Richmond, California for 3 years, and 2nd and 3rd grades at Southwest Elementary School in Torrington, Connecticut for 24 years before retiring this past June. She now enjoys writing full-time and visiting schools and libraries. The couple share their home with two cats, Teeter and Hoag. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Emily, and four grandchildren: Jake, Kenna, Gabby and Saylor. A fifth grandchild is due in September, 2006. Suzy's mother just turned 96. She dedicated her most recent book, Horrible Harry Takes the Cake to her.

Suzy and Rufus enjoy attending UConn football and basketball games, and Suzy uses the UConn library as a reference for her writing facts.

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