Jennifer Murdley's Toad by Bruce Coville
A Magic Shop Book

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Jennifer Murdley, a homely fifth-grader who would give anything to be beautiful, accidentally stumbles into a magic shop and purchases a very ugly toad. The toad, it turns out, can talk and ends up getting Jennifer into the worst trouble of her life. This madcap, head-spinning adventure is also a thought-provoking story about the nature of true beauty.

About Bruce Coville

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Popular author Bruce Coville has more than fourteen million books in print, including the bestselling My Teacher Is an Alien and Jennifer Murdley's Toad. He lives in Syracuse, New York. Gary A. Lippincott received his BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and specializes in fantasy art. His artwork appears in children's books, text books, book jackets, and even jigsaw puzzles. He has received numerous awards for his artwork, and his paintings are now being bought by collectors worldwide. A member of the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, Gary has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums. Books he has illustrated include The Bookstore Mouse, Jennifer Murdley's Toad, With Love at Christmas, On the Frontier with Mr. Auduban, Ancient Egypt, The Fisherman and His Wife, and more. Gary lives in Royalston, Massachusetts.
Published November 1, 2007 by Sandpiper. 176 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Snagged immediately with ``If Jennifer Murdley hadn't been forced to wear her brother's underpants to school, the whole thing might never have happened,'' readers will find this latest escapade featuring Mr. S. H. Elives and his quirky magic-shop endlessly funny.

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This fanciful story questions the value of beauty yet spins out of control after a promising start. Jennifer, a fifth-grader, agonizes over her appearance--``I'm just a kid in the plain brown wrapper'

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When a gorgeous witch kidnaps Jennifer's youngest sibling, her evil intentions are thwarted by teamwork--and by Jennifer's sacrifices that reveal qualities surpassing mere beauty.

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