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Marty Mcguire Digs Worms!
ISBN: 9780545142472
Author: Messner, Kate/ Floca, Brian (ILT)
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
Published: April 2012
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Annotation: When the students in her third-grade class excitedly enter a Save the Earth contest, Marty McGuire believes that her idea about using school cafeteria garbage to make fertilizer will win the prize, a dream she pursues with the help of Annie and a few not-so-cooperative garden worms. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Environment
Library of Congress Subjects:
Schools; Fiction.
Grandmothers; Fiction.
Environmental protection; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2011016291
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Marty Mcguire
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 3-4
Grade level: 3-4
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 5.25" W
Bargain Category: Chapter Books, Early Elementary, Growing Up, Reference, Science, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Kate Messner is the author of THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; SUGAR AND ICE; EYE OF THE STORM; CAPTURE THE FLAG; SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY; OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW; and the Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at www.katemessner.com.

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of MOONSHOT: THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11 and LIGHTSHIP, both Sibert Honor Books. He has illustrated Avi’s award-winning Poppy series and, most recently, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s BALLET FOR MARTHA: MAKING APPALACHIAN SPRING. Brian grew up in Texas and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find him online at www.brianfloca.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Marty's school is embarking on projects to save the planet. With her friend, Annie, and her Grandma Barb ("the cool one"), she creates a worm composting project for the school cafeteria--but her classmates are overeager to feed the worms. Marty's spunky personality shines in this charming prototypical elementary school tale. Accompanying black-and-white drawings cheerfully reflect the antics.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 May)

Gr 2–3—The spirited youngster introduced in Marty McGuire (Scholastic, 2011) returns. After Amelia Ranidae, the Frog Lady, speaks at a class assembly, she invites the children to compete in a contest to create the best Earth-friendly project. Marty and her friend Annie decide to make recycled paper, but after several attempts that include using Marty's birthday paper-doll collection and breaking her dad's food processor, the idea is no longer promising. As the girls try to figure out how to fix the mess, Marty's grandmother shows up and helps them. She also suggests another idea for them to try—a lunchroom worm farm. This project turns out to be a big hit, especially when the students think they can chuck all of their leftovers into the composter. Everything seems to go well until too much food gets dumped in the farm and the worms explode all over the cafeteria floor. Packed with eco-friendly ideas, this realistic, plot-driven early chapter book is a welcome addition to Earth Day or environmental units. The illustrations reflect the characters well, and the black-and-white drawings help to establish the mood. Readers of Annie Barrow's "Ivy and Bean" stories (Chronicle) or Megan McDonald's "Judy Moody" series (Candlewick) will enjoy Marty McGuire's adventures.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI

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