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Marvin and the meanest girl
Kline, Suzy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [2000]

Physical Description:
70 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Marvin thinks that the new girl in class, Lucy Tinker, is a liar and a thief, but then he finds that he may have misjudged her.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.4 1.0 42810.
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In this sequel to the popular Marvin and the Mean Words, Marvin returns for another round of watching his mouth. Marvin was always the one who said mean things in class, but now there's someone even meaner than he is! She's new and her name is Lucy. As Marvin makes one blunder after another trying to prove that Lucy's meaner than he is, he ends up looking worse and worse himself! Only when he finds out that Lucy's favorite grandmother has just died does Marvin feel a little sorry for his actions."Kline's classroom scenarios have a wonderful immediacy.'The story and characters could lend themselves to lively classroom discussion about words that hurt."--Booklist

Author Notes

Suzy Kline was born August 27, 1943 in Berkeley, California. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in European History.

She was an elementary school teacher for over 25 years before retiring. While teaching, she wrote over thirty books for children. Her most well-known works include titles in the Horrible Harry, Herbie Jones and Song Lee series.

Ms. Kline now writes full-time and travels to schools and libraries and speak about writing.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. Quarrels make dramatic stories, and Kline once again allows readers to identify with both the mean kid and the victim in a chapter book set in a grade-school classroom. Marvin picks on the new girl, Lucy Tinker ("You're a stinker!"), and Lucy fights back fiercely with her own insults and with her scratchy nails. He tries to bug her and make trouble, but then he learns that Lucy is grieving for the grandmother who raised her and who has just died, and he tries to apologize and set things right. The school action is fast, the talk is lively, and Blanche Sims' small pencil drawings get the classroom characters and the standoffs between friends and enemies just right. Many kids will recognize how sadness and anger can get all mixed up. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-3-Marvin makes a snap judgment about a new girl in class and convinces himself that she is a thief. Neither he nor Lucy is an angel. He is quick to assign her hurtful nicknames and makes fun of another classmate who stutters. Lucy scratches him so hard that she draws blood. Gradually, Marvin realizes that he has made a mistake. Not only has he wrongly accused Lucy, but he also has shown no compassion for the fact that her grandmother, with whom she lived, recently died. Kline understands the dynamics of relationships in the primary grades, and doesn't sugarcoat the classmates' poor behavior. Fortunately, Marvin has a conscience, and he tries to make amends. The black-and-white pencil drawings throughout give this easy chapter book a young look, aimed squarely at the early elementary-school crowd.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.