Saturday, December 09, 2017

Smarty Marty and Frankly, Frannie

31447879G., Amy. Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game (#2)
March 14th 2017 by Cameron + Company
Library copy
Synopsis from
"Smarty Marty, and her little brother Mikey, are back in the first in a series of illustrated chapter books, about a girl who loves baseball, written by San Francisco Giants in-game reporter Amy Gutierrez. Smarty Marty is the official scorekeeper for her little brother’s Little League team. But when the game announcer fails to show up for the first game, Marty is called to announce the game, inspiring her dream not only to score but to announce. But not everyone is happy about a girl getting to announce a baseball game."

This was a positive, well written young middle grade chapter book. I wish that in 2017, girls were still not given a hard time about things like participating in sports, but clearly, there is still some work to do. I liked that Marty was not going to put up with any guff and stood up for herself nicely. The formatting of this was excellent-- lots of white space, a few illustrations, larger text. I wish I had read the first book in the series, which came out in 2013.

This would be great for an elementary library.

7640262Stern, A.J. Frankly, Frannie.
May 27th 2010 by Grosset & Dunlap
Donated Copy

Synopsis from
"She’s already got her resume, business cards, and mustard packets (which are so much more grown up than ketchup) ready. So why is it taking eleventeen hundred years? Frannie’s class is visiting the local radio station and the radio host is no where to be found. Should Frannie cover for him—after all, this could be her big break! But what happens when listeners call in with questions, and Frannie doesn’t know the answers?"

My quest for early chapter books continues. I enjoyed this one, since Frannie is really interested in business. Have put the first five of the series on my order for January. There are nine books so far, and it the first five do well with my struggling readers, I will buy more.

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