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Gertie's Leap to Greatness

9780374302610

Farrar Straus & Giroux
Available: 10/04/16
5.8 x 8.56 · 256 pages
Ages 8-12 years
9780374302610
CDN $23.99 · cl
With dust jacket

 Canadian Title

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Kate Beasley

illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Meet the new Ramona Quimby!" - Entertainment Weekly

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she'll be leaving behind. There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.

From debut author Kate Beasley, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again - one laugh at a time.
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Kate Beasley holds a Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Claxton, Georgia, with two dogs, one parrot, lots of cows, and a cat named Edgar. Gertie's Leap to Greatness is her first novel. Jillian Tamakiis an illustrator and comics artist. She is the co-creator of Skim and This One Summer, and the author of SuperMutant Magic Academyand Boundless(2017). She has taught comics and illustration in New York City at SVA and The New School. She lives in Toronto.