Justin Case by Rachel Vail
School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters

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It’s the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn’t get the teacher he wanted, he’s not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn’t seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he’s lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can’t tell anyone, because technically he’s too old to still have stuffed animals. Right? Here is third grade in all its complicated glory—the friendships, the fears, and the advanced math. Acclaimed author Rachel Vail captures third grade with a perfect pitch, and Matthew Cordell’s line art is both humorous and touching. As Justin bravely tries to step out of his shell, he will step into readers’ hearts.
 Justin Case is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
 

About Rachel Vail

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Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Lucky, Gorgeous, Brilliant, Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters, and more than a dozen other novels. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons. You can visit her online at www.rachelvail.com.
 
Published April 22, 2010 by Feiwel & Friends. 256 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He carries concerns about school, sports and friendships to wild extremes, and he creates a litany of characters and events that strike terror at every turn, from the imaginary robber Big Boy to his beloved stuffed animals, which wage a war over control of his bed, to the boiler at the way back o...

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Scary thoughts have a way of sneaking up on him and it turns out that camp provides an endless number of new things to worry about.

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Third grader Justin Case gets this nickname thanks to his amazing ability to worry about everything.

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Publishers Weekly

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Vail, who collaborated with Cordell on the picture book Righty and Lefty , creates an endearing portrait of a third-grade worrywart in this slice-of-life novel wr

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Publishers Weekly

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After battling loneliness (when his favorite stuffed animal is misplaced) and fears (about getting beaten up and having to climb the rope in gym class), Justin realizes he has attained his third-grade goal of becoming “a little braver this year.” If the young hero's mishaps go on a bit long, they...

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Justin tries to convince himself that, in spite of his well-earned nickname, he is not a worried kid anymore and that summer vacation means that there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom is the angst-ridden summer diary of introverted 8-year-old Justin, who made his debut in 2010's Justin Case: School, Drool and ...

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Chicago Tribune

Rachel Vail has created a true-to-life little boy, and she knows the stops along the way: multiplication tables (though Justin loves math), bullies, girl giggling, “using your words” versus snowballs, Valentine’s Day and relay races in gym.

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