The New Kid by Mavis Jukes

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Newbery Honor Award—winning author Mavis Jukes is back with a lovable new character named Carson. His father moves him to a new town in Northern California, where he'll be the new kid in class—friendless and alone, except for his beloved stuffed moose (named Moose, of course). As Carson settles into his new surroundings, a series of delightful mishaps start to occur: the class pet, a rat named Mr. Nibblenose, gets lost to surprising results; the culprit of a mysterious lunch theft might actually be something that's not human at all; and when his beloved Moose goes missing, Carson makes his first new non-stuffed animal friend. Told with childlike charm and wit, The New Kid is perfect for newly independent readers.

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About Mavis Jukes

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Mavis Jukes has twenty years of writing experience and twenty years of teaching experience and is a member of the California bar. She has written many books for kids and teens, including three other health-related titles: It's a Girl Thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe, and in Charge (for girls 12 and up): Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing: Straight Talk About First Bras, First Periods, and Your Changing Body (for girls 8 and up); and The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual: Maintenance, Safety, and Operating Instructions for Teens (for boys 13 and up).Lilian Cheung is a lecturer, the director of Health Promotion & Communication, and editorial director of The Nutrition Source website ( at the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition. She co-edited Child Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity (1995) with the late Surgeon General Dr. Julius Richmond, and also co-authored Mindful Eating, Mindful Life with Zen Bugghist master Thich Nhat Hanh, released by HarperCollins in March 2010 (
Published December 13, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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When his tax-lawyer father takes a new position in El Cerrito, Calif., Carson packs up his stuffed mammal, Moose, and his ditzy Labrador retriever, Genevieve, and waves a reluctant goodbye to his grandparents, his two best friends and his small private school in Pasadena.

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Jukes (Smoke) warmly depicts the deep affection between Carson and his father, who adopted him as a baby, though the constant repartee between father and son can grow tiresome, as do the uncontrollable antics of Weston, the class troublemaker.

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It isn’t easy being nine years old or, for that matter, being the new kid at school.

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A series of mishaps, misunderstandings, and interesting happenings carry Carson forward into his new school and through the problems of being the new kid until he is just one of the kids, comfortable in his surroundings with a lot of new friends.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!No one likes being the new kid in school, especially Carson, but he has no choice.

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