The Marble Queen by Stephanie J. Blake

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Freedom Jane McKenzie isn’t good at following the rules. She doesn’t like any of the things that girls are supposed to like. She’s good at fishing, getting into trouble—and playing marbles. All she wants is to enter the marble competition at the Autumn Jubilee and show the boys in the neighborhood that she’s the best player. If she can’t be the Marble King, then she’ll be the Marble Queen. First, Freedom has to convince her mother to let her enter. But there’s a new baby on the way, Freedom’s daddy is drinking too much, her little brother is a handful, and her mother is even more difficult than usual. Freedom learns that when it comes to love, friendship, and family, sometimes there are no rules. Set in 1959, The Marble Queen is a timeless story about growing up.

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About Stephanie J. Blake

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Stephanie J. Blake loves black jellybeans. She is scared of the dark. She reads lots of books. Shes a terrible driver. She eats chocolate. A lot. Sometimes she has déjà vu, and she likes it. Her middle name is Jane. The Marble Queen is her first book. When shes not in front of the computer, she can be found in her backyard in Colorado with her husband, their three boys, and their two dogs. If she werent a writer, shed be a country singer. Or maybe a pastry chef. Stephanie is also a member of the Apocalypsies, a group of childrens and young adult authors debuting in 2012, and Smack Dab in the Middle, a middle grade authors blog.
Published December 18, 2012 by Two Lions. 187 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Freedom Jane McKenzie, 10, has written her “Last Will and Testimony,” and in it, she passes her most treasured worldly possession, her bag of marbles, on to her best friend, Daniel.

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Her mother tells her that marbles is a boys’ game, and after Freedom accidentally swallows a marble (resulting in a rush to the doctor and a nasty dose of castor oil), she forbids her to play with them anymore.

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Gr 5–7—It's the summer of 1959 in Idaho Falls, and 10-year-old Freedom Jane McKenzie wants to be the Marble Queen at the Autumn Jubilee in Blake's debut novel (Amazon Children's Pub., 2012). But girls aren't supposed to play marbles, and all the boys, especially her childhood friend Daniel, keep ...

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