Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden
The More the Merrier

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. Though it isn't heavy handed or overly serious, the story takes a good look at third grade cliques and how they affect those who get left out.
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In Stephanie Barden’s The More the Merrier, middle-grade readers will root for Cinderella Smith the same way they do for Junie B. Jones, Judy Moody, and Clementine.
 
Cinderella takes on mean girls in the second book in the Cinderella Smith series. A clique has formed in her third-grade class, and they don’t want Cinderella in the group. Cinderella and her best friend, Erin, try to figure out what to do about the popular girls while making time to study for the big spelling bee.
 
Parents will appreciate the way the chapter book takes on the serious subject of bullying with a light touch, while emphasizing the importance of having true friends. The book also shows that studying pays off.
 
Engaging illustrations by Caldecott Honor Award winner Diane Goode bring Cinderella to life.

 

About Stephanie Barden

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Author Stephanie Barden's first book, Cinderella Smith, was published to enthusiastic reviews. She teaches classes at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where she lives with her husband, Tom; son, Joe; and eighty-pound lapdog, Otis. You can visit her online at www.stephaniebarden.com.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by HarperCollins. 160 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Patricia Tauzer

. Though it isn't heavy handed or overly serious, the story takes a good look at third grade cliques and how they affect those who get left out.

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