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McKenna, Ready to Fly (American Girl of the Year Series)
     

McKenna, Ready to Fly (American Girl of the Year Series)

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by Mary Casanova, Brian Hailes (Illustrator)
 

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McKenna's cast is coming off soon, but she still has to get through tryouts for the Shooting Star competitive gymnastics team. She's finally doing better in school, thanks to Josie's tutoring. When Josie needs help facing her fear of horseback riding, McKenna wants to be there for her friend. Only that causes trouble with her gymnastics teammate Toulane, who seems

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McKenna's cast is coming off soon, but she still has to get through tryouts for the Shooting Star competitive gymnastics team. She's finally doing better in school, thanks to Josie's tutoring. When Josie needs help facing her fear of horseback riding, McKenna wants to be there for her friend. Only that causes trouble with her gymnastics teammate Toulane, who seems jealous when McKenna spends time with Josie. McKenna desperately wants to be true to both of them. But how can McKenna cheer for Josie at the riding center, support Toulane at the gym, and work toward her own goal of making the competitive team?

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Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
McKenna is one determined fourth grade girl and an excellent gymnast, though temporarily weighed down by the cast on her foot! For the past couple of months, she has anxiously been awaiting the day when she can get her cast off and resume training for the big March-fest competition. At this big event, she will compete for one of the two open spots on Shooting Star's level-four competitive team. There is only one small problem; the competition is just two months away, which does not give McKenna much time to strengthen her newly healed ankle. On top of this, McKenna is having problems with her long time friend Toulane, a fellow gymnast and classmate. It seems all Toulane can think about is winning the competition and she seems to be jealous of McKenna's friendship with her tutor Josie. Josie is in a wheelchair and her mom has recently signed her up for horseback riding lessons at a center for children with disabilities. Josie shares her inward fears about learning to ride with McKenna, and McKenna promises to go with Josie on her first trip to the center. At Hearts and Horses, McKenna meets some very special people. At first, she cannot help but notice their disabilities but before long she realizes that she has forgotten all about them. Though different in many ways, McKenna, Toulane, and Josie are much alike when it comes to overcoming their personal fears. As the girls work to achieve their goals, they may find something much more valuable than a trophy. This middle reader is another American Girl treasure that deals with the importance of acceptance, courage, and friendship. The beautiful illustrations emphasize the sweet and sensitive nature of the story, which is sure to capture the attention of many young girls. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593699956
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Series:
American Girl of the Year Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Casanova’s books include the popular One-Dog Canoe and Some Dog! also illustrated by Ard Hoyt. She lives near Ranier, Minnesota. Ard Hoyt has illustrated several picture books, including the best-selling I’m a Manatee by John Lithgow. He lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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McKenna, Ready to Fly 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 152 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book but before you buy, read the book Mckenna first. Trust me on this one. You will not know a lot of things if you do not read Mckenna first. You will not know: Who Toulane is Who Shannon is Who Sierra is Who Josie is Who Coach Isabel is How Mckenna broke her ankle And a ton more! Read Mckenna first!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read both books and loved them took me two days but they arent short reads but i loved them so much so it was fast
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love american girl books. They are amazing. Mckenna series is a big hit, and it is so heart felt. It teaches you to try new things, be a nice person, no matter who you meet. Readthis book. It is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE AG AND BOTH MCKENNA AND MCKENNA READY TO FLY WERE GREAT BOOKS!!!!!!!!!! But if read mckenna ready to fy yoou should read mckenna first because they dont expplain whos who in # 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love mckenna! Good book and movie. I am a gymnest just like her. GYMNASTICS ROCK!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book overall is amazing. I think it is a great book is great for 4th graders to relate. I love American Girl. I want McKenna SO BADLY!!!!!!!! I have 3 American Girl Dolls at home. Julie, Ivy and a Bitty Baby i named Heidi. It was great, Read it now!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was late for school because i could not stop reading it.. I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read this book it and the first are really good for third to fifth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the doll, so she came with the book, but i read it and wanted the next one. Theni watched the mivie its the 2 books combined.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for girls and teens!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it... couldn'nt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thinknthis book is ok. If you read the back of the book youlnfind out who shannon toulanne sierra coach isabell and jose is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for all the gymnasts or every one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mckenn needs a tuter becase she struggels in school and her tuter is a girl and she likes her and she does gymnastics and she is trieng to make it to the finnals and when she pratices for the finnals on the beam she falls and breaks her leg and then she has a friend and she is mad at her becase mckenna did not tell her that she had a tuter and then her tuter got them back together and mckenna got her cast of and she got into the finnals with her friend and her tuter is her other frieend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So my Mom asked me to read this book. I Am now going into 6th Grade. I Really liked this book. It teaches girls to never give up. But to understand everything, you need to read the first book. It is a very inspiring book. My favorite character is Josie. Even though in her conditions she always believed. She didn't cry or even whine that she couldn't do what other regular people could do. It was a easy-read for me. If you have trouble reading it and you are in McKenna's grade (Fourth) You should understand the first one; How she was struggling. It should take a fourth grader one or two days to read this book. It is quite small. It took me 2 hours to read both of them. I enjoyed this book so I recommend you should read them both!! •¿Alley¿•
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book... to me it passed by quickly cause i loved it so much!i read it in at least 3 at most 4 days..... people say this book is better so... they are both great... im gonna get started on this tonite.... is there an app on nook for mckenna....?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think should have mckenna as an emovie on nook store loved the book but read the other one first
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this must read!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
!!Best book ever!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and i also loved the book mckenna. Im a gymnast andi feel for mckenna because i couldnt go to gymnastics for two mouths (cuz i got i trouble). Gymnastics rocks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never liked dolls but I love the books that they write.They are wonderful for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells you about a girl who is recovering from an injury and faces her fear and comes out on top.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love gymnastics and american girl. A gymnast. P.s if u want to chat to me chat on gymnastics jenny stands on her own or this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the same proplom that mckenna had but with math and i was realy little so i did not say a word to my mom anddad