The New Kid

The New Kid

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by Mavis Jukes
     
 

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Newbery Honor Award—winning author Mavis Jukes is back with a lovable new character named Carson. His father moves him to a new town in Northern California, where he'll be the new kid in class—friendless and alone, except for his beloved stuffed moose (named Moose, of course). As Carson settles into his new surroundings, a series of delightful mishaps

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Newbery Honor Award—winning author Mavis Jukes is back with a lovable new character named Carson. His father moves him to a new town in Northern California, where he'll be the new kid in class—friendless and alone, except for his beloved stuffed moose (named Moose, of course). As Carson settles into his new surroundings, a series of delightful mishaps start to occur: the class pet, a rat named Mr. Nibblenose, gets lost to surprising results; the culprit of a mysterious lunch theft might actually be something that's not human at all; and when his beloved Moose goes missing, Carson makes his first new non-stuffed animal friend. Told with childlike charm and wit, The New Kid is perfect for newly independent readers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In this gentle tale, "going-on-nine" Carson Blum strives to make sense of his changing world. His single father's new job means that Carson, who is adopted, must leave his beloved grandparents, best friends, and small private school. He worries about being "The New Kid," feeling left out, and finding a new friend in time to help him celebrate his upcoming birthday. He observes the actions of the students in his new public school and struggles with decisions, such as whether or not to bring his much-loved toy Moose to school on Stuffed Animal Day or believe the outrageous stories of the class clown. Over time, he begins to see solutions to his problems and be comfortable with his new life. This is a warm story about loving families, making friends, and growing up. It allows readers to experience the close father-and-son relationship. By sharing the details of Carson's day, Jukes helps readers see the world through the protagonist's eyes. Her writing captures his childlike wonder and ever-ready optimism—even in the face of upheaval. The lively characters and surprising events keep the story moving.—Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Being the "new kid" in the middle of a school year means all sorts of new experiences for 8-year-old Carson Blum. When his tax-lawyer father takes a new position in El Cerrito, Calif., Carson packs up his stuffed mammal, Moose, and his ditzy Labrador retriever, Genevieve, and waves a reluctant goodbye to his grandparents, his two best friends and his small private school in Pasadena. Public school is quite different, but his teacher, Mr. Lipman, and Carson's new classmates make him feel welcome. Carson's just not sure he'll have a new friend by his birthday to invite horseback riding. He's also not sure what to make of his classmate Weston Walker, who gets in trouble a lot and seems to tell a lot of whoppers. Carson likes Nancy, who helps him in computer class. He's also excited to help Patrick take care of Mr. Nibblenose, the class rat. In her newest, Newbery Honor author Jukes (Like Jake and Me, 1984) depicts a warmly affectionate relationship between Carson and his adoptive father. They're best friends and have in-jokes and no disagreements. Carson's emotional life is expertly drawn, and readers who've found themselves in approximations of his situation will easily identify. However, the length, abundance of complex sentences and slowish pacing make this problematic for early-elementary children, who are most likely to be interested in a novel starring an 8-year-old. Quiet humor with dashes of goofiness may offset its problems, but Carson's tale will still work better as a read-aloud than as an independent read. (Fiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375853678
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
734,724
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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