New Kid in School (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series)

New Kid in School (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series)

by Ruth McNally Barshaw
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New Kid in School (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series) by Ruth McNally Barshaw

When Ellie’s family moves to a new town, she’s sure she won’t fit in. Nobody else likes to read as much as she does, and even the teachers can’t get her name right. But when the students need someone to help them rally against unfair lunch lines, it’s Ellie to the rescue—and if shorter lines and better food prevail, can friendship be far behind?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599903613
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Series: Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ruth McNally Barshaw is a life-long writer and artist who has worked in the advertising field, and illustrated cartoons for newspapers. Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel was her first children’s book. She lives in Lansing, MI, with her family. Visit her website:

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New Kid in School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ellie McDougal is the new kid in school. She had to leave her happy life behind when her family moved to a new town, and she is sure that her new home cannot possibly measure up. Little by little she begins to adjust, first by settling in at home with her new room, and then by spending time at the local library, where she finds books comforting and familiar.

She is especially nervous about fitting in at school. The other kids tease her, and no one can get her name right. But spunky Ellie does not stay down for long. Her classmates need an advocate to stand up to the principal, and it turns out that Ellie is just the kid for the job. In fact, she meets a number of challenges throughout this story and handles each one head-on, coming up with passionate yet reasoned solutions, and enacting positive change.

Author/illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw has created something special with this character and with this format. Part novel, part journal, part comic book, Barshaw's unique style of sketch-journaling is a treat. The illustrations tell the story as much as the words, creating a lively, interactive narrative. You won't just read about Ellie's first day at school; you'll go to school with her and see everything through her eyes.

What's best about Ellie is her sense of humor. Occasionally she will pause in her narrative to share a joke, or to let us in on dinner at the McDougal house and all of the warm-hearted shenanigans her family participates in together.

Ellie may struggle with the common problem of starting over, but what sets her apart from other heroines is how she handles her problems. When she isn't happy with her new bedroom situation, she doesn't just complain to her parents or mope about it in her journal; instead she proposes a solution that will make every member of her family happy. Best of all, her parents allow her to take responsibility for herself, in ways that are loving and supportive, but also non-intrusive, so that Ellie can learn from her own experiences.

The book includes bonus features, such as an interview with Barshaw that she conducted in her signature sketch-journal style. There are even instructions on how to make a sketch-journal of your own, and there are tips on how to sketch, and how to draw comics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book in sketch format. I loved the characters and plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My almost-8-year-old daughter loves this book! She got it from the public library and has read it again and again and again. She literally sat on the sofa all evening reading this book (again). I am buying her more books from the series for Christmas. While the library is great for lots of books, this is one to buy so that they can read it again when ever they want!
WritingReader More than 1 year ago
This is one of my daughter's number one favorite series for reading again and again! She likes it so much that she has even chosen it as a birthday gift for a friend. It was also one of her younger sister's first chapter books, because lots of pictures makes for easy reading. It is similar in format to WIMPY KID, but all of my kids - including my son - like these books better. Not only are there great illustrations and a good story, but the rules for numerous groups games for kids are given as a part of the story.