Ready, Set, School! by Jacquelyn Mitchard

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Rory is scared of being away from home for the first time, especially when his sleeping bag is so comfortable . . . but he doesn't want his parents treating him like a baby kit anymore. He'll get to stay up until morning if he sleeps over at his cousins' house. It could even help Rory conquer his biggest fear: starting Remarkable Raccoon Suburban School, which means nights away from his folks. Is Rory ready to show everyone—including his parents—that he's ready to go anywhere?


About Jacquelyn Mitchard

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Jacquelyn Mitchard was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 10, 1957. She studied creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1976, she became a journalist and eventually achieved the position as lifestyle columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. Her weekly column, The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship, appeared in 125 newspapers nationwide until she retired it in 2007. She is the author of children's, young adult, and adult books. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the first selection for Oprah's Book Club and was named by USA Today as one of the ten most influential books of the past 25 years. It was also adapted into a movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Her other adult novels include The Breakdown Lane; Twelve Times Blessed; Christmas, Present; A Theory of Relativity; The Most Wanted; Cage of Stars; and Still Summer. Her children's books include Starring Prima!: The Mouse of the Ballet Jolie; Rosalie, My Rosalie: The Tale of a Duckling; and Ready, Set , School! Her young adult books include Now You See Her; All We Know of Heaven; and The Midnight Twins series. KATIE SPECK grew up in New Orleans and now lives in Kansas City with a husband, a daughter, an assortment of pets, and a bug or two. This is her first book.WWW.KATIESPECK.COM PAUL RATZ DE TAGYOS went to Parsons School of Design quite some time ago. He is the author/illustrator of several books for children. He lives in New Rochelle, New York, with neither fleas nor roaches (he swears). WWW.PRDT.NET
Published January 1, 2007 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Oprah Book Club–phenom Mitchard enters the subgenre of “first-day-at-school” books with insouciant charm.

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Still, he didn’t feel happy when his parents weren’t nearby.” Rátz de Tagyos’s (Rooster Can’t Cock-A-Doodle-Doo ) appealing illustrations depict the accoutrements of a comfortable raccoon existence (Rory sleeps in a trout-shaped sleeping bag and empty tuna cans and apple cores litter his floor), ...

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