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Morgan Gets Cracking
     

Morgan Gets Cracking

by Ted Staunton, Bill Slavin (Illustrator)
 

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Morgan doesn't like the new kid, Curtis, who can juggle, do karate and play guitar, and loves to brag about it. But some of the kids in his class are impressed, especially when Curtis teases Aldeen, the Queen of Mean—who isn't even mean back! Does Aldeen actually like Curtis? A game of egg toss at a neighborhood party will show how Aldeen really feels. Who do

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Morgan doesn't like the new kid, Curtis, who can juggle, do karate and play guitar, and loves to brag about it. But some of the kids in his class are impressed, especially when Curtis teases Aldeen, the Queen of Mean—who isn't even mean back! Does Aldeen actually like Curtis? A game of egg toss at a neighborhood party will show how Aldeen really feels. Who do you think ends up with egg on his face?

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Life as a third-grader can be very trying…. Between Aldeen, the Queen of Mean, and Curtis, the nearly perfect new kid, Morgan has his hands full. What's a boy to do? He and his best friend, Charlie, are just two ordinary kids, but unfortunately, they have to endure noogies from Aldeen and showing off from Curtis on a daily basis, even outside of school! In this continuation of the series (Music by Morgan, 2011), straightforward sentences with basic vocabulary describe Morgan's mild misadventures, from a school trip to a chicken farm to schoolyard games and a block party that promises fun for all (or does it?). While the characters are only minimally developed and the plot a trifle simplistic, young readers will appreciate the accessible text, action-filled black-and-white illustrations, discrete chapters that end on suspenseful notes and a slight twist on the usual bully fare, as chubby Morgan tries to find a way to stand up to the daunting Aldeen, who may not be quite as evil as she appears. A quick, solid read for youngsters just ready for longer chapters but not quite prepared for Wimpy Kid books, this selection mines a similar vein and includes some good chuckles, a likable protagonist and an anti-bullying message that doesn't take itself too seriously. A good choice for transitioning readers looking for a splash of humor. (Fiction. 6-9)
Children's Literature - Ramirose I. Attebury
Morgan does not like the new third-grade classmate Curtis any more than he likes Aldeen, the bossy and unfriendly queen bee of the class. When a field trip to a chicken farm results in Curtis chucking three raw eggs at Aldeen's head, Morgan is sure Aldeen will set her mean sights on Curtis. That's why he is baffled when he senses her admiration of the new troublemaker. Tensions come to a head at a neighborhood picnic during which a raw-egg tossing competition sees all three main characters attempt to embarrass their nemeses by sneaking some trickery and hard-boiled eggs into the game. Young readers ready to try a short chapter book independently will find this book engaging and realistic. Simple black-and-white line drawings, while limited in number, will help readers imagine the book's main characters and the frustrations they face as they learn to interact with their peers. This book would be a good option for elementary literature circles or school or public libraries. Reviewer: Ramirose I. Attebury

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459500754
Publisher:
Formac Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
09/26/2012
Series:
Formac First Novels Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Ted Staunton divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. Ted lives in Port Hope, Ontario. For more information, visit www.tedstauntonbooks.com.

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