Gertie's Leap to Greatness

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Spunky 5th-grader learns life lessons in warmhearted tale.

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Funny, engaging and emotional story

I recently read this book with my 9 year old and we loved it! Gertie is spunky, brave, and emotionally vulnerable like most kids. Her estranged mom lives down the street from where she lives with her aunt, while her dad works away, and when she sees her mom is going to move (to be with her “new” family) Gertie hatches a plan to be the best 5th grader ever... but is thwarted by a new girl in class, “fickle” friends and her own insecurities. It teaches perseverance, how to consider other people, looking at the world from other’s perspectives, and finding love and family where you have it. Plus she describes her friend’s cool new hairdo as a “grape Popsicle, frosty from the freezer” which is the best way ever to describe a cool new ‘do.

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For kids who love stories about family and friends

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