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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

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


Gr 1-3-Marty McGuire is a spunky third grader who prefers catching crayfish to dressing up in tiaras in this early chapter book (Scholastic, 2011) by Kate Messner and Brian Flocca. This causes a rift between her and the other girls but endears her to the boys who like to play near the pond. It also causes a problem when Marty is chosen to play the princess in the class play. But her spirit, imagination, and knack for improv prove that she's the perfect choice for the part. Light music introduces the beginning of the story and alerts listeners to the conclusion. The only additional sound effect is the occasional use of the teacher's classroom-taming maracas. Cassandra Morris's narration matches the sparkle of Marty's character. She seamlessly gives each character a unique voice, and her quick pace complements the tone of the story and keeps listeners rapt until the end. Fans of Clementine and Ramona are sure to be won over by Marty McGuire.-April Mazza, Wayland Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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