Hardcover G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015
Price: USD 17.22
Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 2.4
AR 4.2 LG .5 180219EN; RC 4.3 3; LEX 700L


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Trisha wants to write something that will please her demanding writing teacher, who is rumored to have never given a student an A.

Product Details
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-399-16691-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-399-16691-4
  • LCCN: 2014-042039
  • Follett Number: 0718NVX
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 2.4
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.2
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 180219EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 3
  • Lexile: 700L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 07/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews, 06/01/15
  • Library Media Connection, 02/01/16
  • School Library Journal, 10/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (July 2015 (Vol. 111, No. 21))
Grades 1-3. Polacco introduces readers to another inspirational teacher from her past in this stirring tale. Trisha is nervous about attending a writing class with Miss Keller, who has a reputation for being a harsh grader. The strong-willed Miss Keller introduces her students to a thesaurus, takes them on field trips, and assigns a variety of writings. But all of Trisha’s attempts meet with disapproval, since Miss Keller believes her writing “lacks emotional connection.” In talking with her beloved neighbor, Pop, Trisha learns that his sons also had “Killer Keller” and that she was instrumental in helping one of them achieve his dream of becoming a journalist. When tragedy strikes, it touches the girl deeply, and she ends up pouring out her feelings in a final assignment, unconcerned with her grade, simply needing to put thoughts to paper. For the first time, Miss Keller is touched, feels Trisha’s pain, and, in fact, shares it. This story from the author’s life, colorfully illustrated with pencils and markers in her signature style, is affecting, engaging, and informative.

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