Stella Batts Needs a New Name (Stella Batts Series #1)

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In Needs a New Name, Stella decides to change her name after a boy from her class keeps calling her "Smella." How hard can it be to pick a new name? It's not as easy as it sounds.
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Overview

In Needs a New Name, Stella decides to change her name after a boy from her class keeps calling her "Smella." How hard can it be to pick a new name? It's not as easy as it sounds.
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Publishers Weekly
First in a series featuring eight-year-old Stella, Sheinmel's unassuming story, cheerily illustrated by Bell, is a reliable read for those first encountering chapter books. An aspiring writer, Stella tells her story in the form of an autobiography, describing her daily life as a third-grader with a pesky younger sister, mildly annoying classmates, and a few good friends. Stella's father and pregnant mother own a candy store, complete with a chocolate waterfall and party room. But even though the store sells fudge named after her, Stella has developed a dislike of her name following an embarrassing incident in which she earned the nickname "Smella" ("I'm going to leave out that part," she initially insists). When she changes her name her friends follow suit, leading to some unconventional choices like "Caramel" and "Scheherazade," as well as identity confusion and bickering. With a light touch, Sheinmel (All the Things You Are) persuasively conveys elementary school dynamics; readers may recognize some of their own inflated reactions to small mortifications in likeable Stella, while descriptions of unique candy confections are mouth-watering. Ages 5–9. Agent: Alex Glass, Trident Media Group. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
In the first of a new series, third-grader Stella realizes she really needs a new name, since the class bully has started calling her "Smella," following an unfortunate (and stinky) accident on a field trip. That's not the only reason that Stella wants to change her name; she's also frustrated because she doesn't have a nickname. She and her best friends decide to choose new names that seem more appropriate to their interests: Candy! Willa becomes Caramel, Lucy's new name is Truffle and Talisa is Kit Kat. But Stella surprises everybody when she chooses the name of a bookstore for herself--Scheherazade, or Sherry for short. After a few days of name changing, described in Stella's autobiography, she realizes it's hard to remember everyone's new names, including her own. When she hears that her parents chose Stella especially for her, that's sufficient reason to give up her new one. Featuring large print and cheery black-and-white illustrations on almost every spread, this would be an easy sell for girls just transitioning to chapter books. While nothing of great significance happens, it effectively portrays the minor ups and downs of typical suburban elementary-school life, neatly captured in Stella's age-appropriate first-person narration. A pleasant, good-humored early chapter book with the effervescence--and substance--of a soft drink. (Fiction. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585361854
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2012
  • Series: Stella Batts Series , #1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 718,022
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Courtney Sheinmel
Courtney Sheinmel is the author of All the Things You Are, Sincerely, Positively, and My So-Called Family. She graduated with honors from Barnard College, part of Columbia University, and attended Fordham University School of Law. Courtney lives, works, and writes in New York City. Visit her at CourtneySheinmel.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Loved this book!  I'm a Christian homeschool mom & read this

    Loved this book! 
    I'm a Christian homeschool mom & read this aloud to my girls. There was nothing inappropriate in the book or the ones that followed. We love Stella & hope there will be many more wholesome books to come! I really love there was no divorce, they were a sweet loving family, and when there was a problem it was kindly & lovingly resolved.I highly recommend this book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Stella batts

    Love this series they should make more in the series go stella batts!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Love Love Love Stella!

    Finally a book series my daughter can read that the main character isn't always doing or saying innapropriate things! We love the character of Stella & look forward to the next book as soon as we finish one!

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    Awesome series for boys or girls.  It draws kids in and gets the

    Awesome series for boys or girls.  It draws kids in and gets them reading.  It's clean and sweet and a worthwhile adventure for any child.  I'm so glad we've found these books!!!

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