Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty's absolutely, positively sure that there's been a huge mistake. But after a special lesson in the art of improvisation, Marty comes up with her OWN plan to IMPROVE the play: Why use stuffed-animal frog onstage when a live one would be so much better? In the end, Marty's one-of-a-kind performance makes for an unforgettable show. Maybe Marty CAN live happily ever after, after all!
Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Medal-winning book Locomotive
. He also wrote and illustrated Lightship
and Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
, both Sibert Honor Books, and illustrated Avi's Poppy Stories series as well as Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring
, also a Sibert Honor Book. Brian grew up in Texas and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find him online at www.brianfloca.com.
Kate Messner is the author of The Seventh Wish
; All the Answers
; The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.
, winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; Capture the Flag
, an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner; Hide and Seek
; and the Ranger in Time and 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 katemessner.com.
- ! "That nice Mrs. Kramer lied to me about third grade.
\tOn the last day of school,
she gave us cupcakes with sprinkles and little beach umbrellas and said have a super-duper
summer and she'd wave to us in the hallway next year. She said third grade would
be even more fun than second grade. She said we'd read bigger books and keep our
old friends and make new ones and even get to be in the school play.
it is true. Because Veronica Grace Smithers has stolen my best friend and taken