Don't Bug Me! by Pam Zollman

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When Megan must collect twenty-five insects for a school project, her little brother's interference and a classmate's teasing make the task difficult, and reveal that she does not know either of them as well as she thought.

About Pam Zollman

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Pam Zollman is the author of twenty-five books for kids, as well as numerous short stories and articles in children's magazines. Her short story, "Millie's Garden," won the 1996 Highlights for Children Annual Fiction Contest (published July 1997). Don't Bug Me!, her middle-grade novel (Holiday House, 2001), was nominated for Florida's 2003 Sunshine State Children's Choice Award, was included in Florida's 2003 Battle of the Books, is on many reading lists, and was chosen as one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of 2002. Many of her short stories have been used as reading assessment tests.For the educational markets, Pam has written reading test passages, questions, and answers for state tests; teacher guides; stories using phonics or emphasizing literary skills (such as figurative language or cause-and-effect); math readers; hi-low readers; biographies; the essay section of a writing handbook for high schoolers; etc. She has also edited chapter books, textbooks, and state tests for this market.She coordinated and edited the national SCBWI's Directory of Magazine Markets for seven years and spoke at their national conference in Los Angeles for six years. Pam was a technical editor for Boeing Aerospace Company, an editor for Highlights for Children Magazine, and a freelance editor. She is now an instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature, and has taught writing at Tomball College in Houston, TX, and Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She often speaks at writers conferences and at schools about her favorite subjects: books and writing.
Published April 1, 2001 by Holiday House. 134 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though Megan makes a few wrong turns, such as sneaking into the lunchroom kitchen after hours (only to discover that it’s not infested, despite the usual rumors about school food), in general she sticks to the straight and narrow, mending fences with Alexander, and even using the newfound insight...

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In this breezy if slight first novel, narrator Megan is having trouble completing her sixth-grade science project, which entails finding and labeling 25 species of bugs.

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