Marvin and the Mean Words by Suzy Kline

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That young rascal Marvin is back--starring on his own--in this first novel in a new series from the creators of the Mary Marony stories. This time, Marvin gets a taste of his own medicine when he overhears his teacher saying unkind things about him! Marvin may tease other kids, but when a teacher says bad things about a student, it's the pits. Things get even worse when Marvin hears a student say that he's going to be suspended. It looks like Marvin's days of bullying his second-grade classmates are over--until he finds out that the mean words he heard weren't about him after all.
 

About Suzy Kline

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Suzy Kline, the author of nineteen previous Horrible Harry books and four books about Song Lee, lives in Willington Connecticut with her husband, Rufus. Suzy and Rufus have been married for thirty-eight years. They met in the state where they both grew up: California. Suzy grew up in Berkeley and Rufus in Sacramento. Suzy graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in European history. She met Rufus at the Davis campus while attending that campus for a year. They got married and lived in different places, including Canada, before settling into Connecticut, the state they now call home. Suzy taught in 5th and 6th grades at Shannon Elementary School in Richmond, California for 3 years, and 2nd and 3rd grades at Southwest Elementary School in Torrington, Connecticut for 24 years before retiring this past June. She now enjoys writing full-time and visiting schools and libraries. The couple share their home with two cats, Teeter and Hoag. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Emily, and four grandchildren: Jake, Kenna, Gabby and Saylor. A fifth grandchild is due in September, 2006. Suzy's mother just turned 96. She dedicated her most recent book, Horrible Harry Takes the Cake to her. Suzy and Rufus enjoy attending UConn football and basketball games, and Suzy uses the UConn library as a reference for her writing facts.
 
Published April 14, 1997 by Putnam Juvenile. 81 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Marvin Higgins, something of a bully in Kline's Mary Marony and the Snake (1992) and other stories about Mary Marony, gets a book (and proposed series) of his own.

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Marvin Higgins, something of a bully in Kline's Mary Marony and the Snake (1992) and other stories about Mary Marony, gets a book (and proposed series) of his own.

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Here, sharp-tongued Marvin learns that ""mean words"" really can hurt when he overhears his teacher talking about a bad-tempered hockey player whose last name is Marvin and thinks she is referring to him.

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