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Beasley, Kate.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 6.1

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Gertie starts 5th grade with one mission, to be the greatest 5th grader. Since her mother left her and her father when she was a baby, Gertie wants to prove to her that she missed out on a wonderful daughter. Feisty Gertieís plans begin successfully, until new girl Mary Sue Spivey joins her class. Mary Sue also wants to be the best 5th grader. As Mary Sue begins to surpass her in classwork, Gertie needs to find a way to shine. When auditions start for the 5th grade play, Gertie sees her opportunity. Who will earn the role of Evangelina in the class play, and be the best 5th grader? Gertie proves being true to herself has its rewards in this wildly entertaining school story.  (Pennsylvania Young Readerís Choice Award 2017-2018)

SUBJECTS:     Abandoned children -- Fiction.
                        Mothers -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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