School, Drool, and Other Daily DisastersJustin Case Series (Volume 1)
Rachel Vail; Illustrated by Matthew Cordell
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On Sale: 05/24/2011
ISBN: 9780312563578272 Pages, Ages 7-9
It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn't seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he's lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can't tell anyone, because technically he's too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?
Here is third grade in all its complicated glory—the friendships, the fears, and the advanced math. Acclaimed author Rachel Vail captures third grade with a perfect pitch, and Matthew Cordell's line art is both humorous and touching. As Justin bravely tries to step out of his shell, he will step into readers' hearts.
Justin Case is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML
September 1, Tuesday
Okay, yes. I'm worried.
I can't help it.
September 2, Wednesday
Seven days to go until the start of third grade. I can't sleep. I'm not getting onto a good schedule. I'm still on...
Praise for Justin Case
“This honest and heartfelt look at elementary school is illustrated with occasional doodles that perfectly suit the book and audience.” —Kidsville News
“Justin Case, the new novel by Rachel Vail, might well be subtitled the wit and wisdom of a third-grade worrywart. By turns droll, sardonic, ironic, and even sophisticated, it chronicles the daily tribulations of life in the third-grade as told by its eponymous hero, who in the course of his school year discovers there is no heroism unless there is fear. And fear Justin has a-plenty, be it of his new dog Qwerty, his new teacher, sports, math, friends, jiggly Jell-O--or whatever--a lot comes his way, real and imagined. The writing is sharp, unpredictably clever, and establishes third-grade as a mine-field 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
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Read the Kirkus Review of JUSTIN CASE School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters. Third grader Justin Case gets this nickname thanks to his amazing ability to worry about everything. - Kirkus Reviews