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Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-from-Concentrate AWESOME.

Lions and Liars

Which is why she's dumbfounded by her mother's plan to move away from their coastal Alabama town, leaving Gertie with her father and Great-Aunt Rae. Most kids would be upset about this. But Gertie is absolutely not upset, because she has a plan. She's going to become the greatest fifth grader in the universe!

All she needs to do is: write the best summer speech (after she finds Zombie Frog), become the smartest student in her class (if her best friend, Jean the Jean-ius, doesn't mind), and win the lead part in the play (so long as a Swiss-Chocolate meltdown doesn't mess things up).

There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl, Mary Sue, wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there's simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.

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Kate Beasley

About the Author

Kate Beasley holds a master's in writing for children and young adult writers from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first novel, Gertie's Leap to Greatness, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and Indies Introduce Selection, and a multi-regional Indie Bestseller. The New York Times Book Review called it "breathlessly, effortlessly fun." Kate lives with her family in Claxton, Georgia, with two dogs, one parrot, lots of cows, and a cat named Edgar.

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About the Interior Illustrator

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist. She won both a Printz Honor and a Caldecott Honor for the graphic novel This One Summer, which she co-created with Mariko Tamaki. Jillian lives in Toronto, Ontario, wher she makes illustrations for magazines, newspapers, websites, and books.

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