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Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom

Justin Case Series

Rachel Vail; Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Feiwel & Friends

Justin is going to start fourth grade—but first, he has to survive the summer. He “gets” to go to camp every day on a bus. He “gets” to experience all sorts of new things: Bugs. Mess hall food. Flip-flops (they hurt the space between his toes and they’re hard to walk in). And (gulp!) swimming.

Justin’s little sister, Elizabeth, seems to deal with camp just fine. So do his friends. Justin is trying very hard not to be a worried kid anymore, especially when it comes to making friends at camp, including a new kid who is kind of . . . rough. After all, Justin is going to be in fourth grade. It’s time to be brave. Right?

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Praise for Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom

"Vail seems to know exactly what third graders are thinking.”--School Library Journal

 

“Hilarious, laugh-out-loud fun for middle-grade readers.” --Kirkus, Starred

Praise for Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters:

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2010

An IndieBound Selection for Fall 2010

“The writing is sharp, unpredictably clever, and establishes third grade as a minefield of the absurd—which, is to say, real life.”—Avi, Newbery Medalist

“Vail employs easy, direct language in a rhythm, and syntax that captures the essence of a charming, lovable, and very believable boy. Readers transitioning to longer fiction will groan, sympathize, and laugh out loud in delight. Absolutely marvelous.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Honest and full of heart, Justin Case is a story for an oft-ignored segment of kids: the sensitive, introverted, and observant. The format will remind many readers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but with fewer illustrations and a more reflective tone than Jeff Kinney’s series. This is subtly satisfying storytelling.”—School Library Journal

 

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JUSTIN CASE by Rachel Vail, Matthew Cordell | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of JUSTIN CASE Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom. Justin tries to convince himself that, in spite of his well-earned nickname, he is not a worried kid anymore and that summer vacation means that there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
- Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Rachel Vail; Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

  • Rachel Vail is the author of numerous novels and picture books, including Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters, Piggy Bunny, and Flabbersmashed About You. She lives in New York City with her husband and sons. You can visit her online at www.rachelvail.com.

    Matthew Cordell is the author and illustrator of the picture books Trouble Gum and Another Brother, also published by Feiwel and Friends. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife, the author Julie Halpern, and their daughter. You can visit him online at www.matthewcordell.com.

  • Rachel Vail
    Rachel Vail
  • Matthew Cordell
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Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom

Justin Case Series

Rachel Vail; Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List
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