Non-Random Acts of Kindness

Non-Random Acts of Kindness

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by Lauren Myracle, Jed Henry
     
 

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Ty Perry’s second-grade life is crazier than ever.
 
He’s trying hard not to worry too much, but that’s not easy when his brain is filled with so many thoughts, like finally finding a pet for Baby Maggie, his sometimes-crazy classmates, and the dreaded neck-pinch-of-death. And then there’s his upcoming recitation

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Ty Perry’s second-grade life is crazier than ever.
 
He’s trying hard not to worry too much, but that’s not easy when his brain is filled with so many thoughts, like finally finding a pet for Baby Maggie, his sometimes-crazy classmates, and the dreaded neck-pinch-of-death. And then there’s his upcoming recitation about doing an act of kindness in front of the whole class!
 
Ty remains his wacky, curious self in this bighearted second installment of the Life of Ty series. Practicing kindness, random or not, doesn’t take that much worrying after all. Being kind is part of being Ty.
 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Accolades for Lauren Myracle
Thirteen: Children’s Choice Book Award; IRA/CBC Children’s Choices Master List
Twelve: IRA/CBC Children’s Choices Master List
Let It Snow: Children’s Indie Next List
Kissing Kate: ALA Best Books for Young Adults; Booklist Top-Ten Youth Romances; Booklist Top-Ten Book by New Writers
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
Gr 1–4—In the second installment in this series, seven-year-old Ty must navigate the sometimes chaotic events of his life both at home and at school. When his teacher gives the class an assignment to do random acts of kindness and then present a recitation for the class, Ty feels nervous and slightly confused. He soon realizes, with the encouragement of his sister Winnie, that kindness is something that comes naturally to him and that even though people do make mistakes, there is no need to get bent out of shape about it. There are moments of humor and the character development is solid, but important moments in the story sometimes get glossed over. For example, when Ty's friend Lexie pressures him into breaking a rule, there are no consequences. Later, Ty and his friends are told that a classmate being treated for leukemia is well enough to come back to school, but the scene unfolds quickly and does not get enough attention. While there are moments of humor, kid-friendly dialogue, and Ty and other characters are well developed, the overall story lacks focus. Still, playful illustrations add a fun and engaging element to the text, making this a nice chapter book series that will appeal to boys and girls alike.—Melanie Okadigwe, Children's Literature Consultant, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-03
Ty is back, and he's a little nervous about his latest class project: to practice random acts of kindness and then recite them to the class at the end of the week. After all, how can you "do random acts of kindness on purpose?" He's also promised his sister, Teensy Baby Maggie, that he'll get her a pet; his best friend, Joseph, is in the hospital with leukemia; and his "sometimes best friend," Lexie, nearly chokes him to death. This is a lot for any 7-year-old, and it's particularly hard on a worrywart like Ty. While there are certainly kids out there who will relate to Ty's nervous nature, many may be turned off by his narrative voice, which often seems babyish, inconsistent with a bright boy who understands what "random" means and corrects his teacher about it. Still, the biggest disappointment here is that Ty is clearly a kid with a big heart, and it's too bad readers aren't given the opportunity to feel a little more of what he does. For example, while there are references to Joseph's cancer and hospitalization, they are few and far between. Dropping the C-bomb in an early chapter book feels like a big deal, one that's worthy of a little more exploration. A so-so read for the second-grade set. (Fiction. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525422662
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/03/2014
Series:
Life of Ty Series, #2
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,363,046
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Accolades for Lauren Myracle
Thirteen: Children’s Choice Book Award; IRA/CBC Children’s Choices Master List
Twelve: IRA/CBC Children’s Choices Master List
Let It Snow: Children’s Indie Next List
Kissing Kate: ALA Best Books for Young Adults; Booklist Top-Ten Youth Romances; Booklist Top-Ten Book by New Writers

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