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"Meet the new Ramona Quimby!" -- Entertainment Weekly

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she'll be leaving behind. There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.

From debut author Kate Beasley, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again--one laugh at a time.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on October 4, 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374302618
ISBN-13: 9780374302610
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  • readingkendal
    readingkendalTuesday, July 17, 2018 at 12:23 pm55 stars
    Gertie has her eye on becoming greatest 5th grader in the world but every time she tries things don't go right because of the new kid in her class, Mary Sue Spivey ( who’s dad is a filmmaker and gets to hang out with movie stars). Though Gertie never gives up because Gertie is not like most kids. There is a reason that she wants to become the greatest 5th grader, to impress her mom ( who is divorced with Gertie’s dad) that she was wrong about leaving Gertie and her dad .Gertie tries and tries to beat Mary Sue. Will her efforts pay off or will it all be for nothing?
    • jso6
      jso6Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm11 star
      I thought this book would be better than it was because of all of the positive reviews, but it was pretty boring. Gertie wants to be the best fifth grader in the world, to try to impress her mom, but a girl at school wants to the best, too.
      • belle252
        belle252Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm44 stars
        This is such a nice inspiring book i read this again after finishing it its about a little girl that is amazing and this book is abut that one step which is all it takes
        • extrememsb
          extrememsbSaturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:39 am44 stars
          Meet Gertie Reece Foy, a fifth grader who never gives up on missions. She has completed everyone of her missions. After her mother( Rachael Collins) left and gt married to this guy named Walter, Gertie has a new mission, to become the best fifth grader ever. Easy, right. the only new problem is the new seat stealing girl Mary Sue Spivy. Her father is a film producer and worked in a lot of films with this actress named Jessica Walters. Her mother is this environmental protection agent. Everybody loves this new girl, even the teacher ms Simms loves her. Gertie never gives up so, she will do anything it takes to complete her missions. Even if it means that people don't like her. Follow her adventures as she tries to complete her mission to become the best fifth grader ever. I think this was a great book. I think it would be for grades three and up. This was an awesome book. I would recommend it to anyone! This was a great book!
          • awesomessb
            awesomessbTuesday, June 19, 2018 at 5:40 pm44 starsFeatured
            Gertie Reece Foy never gives up on her missions. She hasn't and she will never. She lives with her dad and her great-aunt-Rae. When her absent mother decides to move away with someone named Walter, Gertie decides she will become the greatest fifth grader ever. There is also a new seat steeler, Mary Sue Spivey this year. Her father is a famous director. She is also smart. With her two best friends Junior Parks Jr. and Jean, they will help Gertie become the best. Gertie decides to do something she has never done before- study! However, new problems also arise. Half the plot was a little basic, but the twists and turn were unique. I enjoyed this book. It is a great story for grades 3 and up.
            • applemango
              applemangoSunday, June 17, 2018 at 5:49 pm55 stars
              This author is one of my favorite authors Kate Beasley and I really just love this book!! I have read this book multiple times and each time I saw something new in this book!!! This is one of the first books that my friends have recommended to me and that's how I really became to like then love this book!!
              • eybook2018
                eybook2018Friday, June 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm
                Gertie's Leap to Greatness is full of greatness leaps and it's really fun to read. I really like the book Gertie's Leap to Greatness its super fun.
                • auntieb
                  auntiebThursday, June 14, 2018 at 11:01 am11 star
                  I would not suggest Gertie's Leap to Greatness when I checked this book out from the library I thought it would be a fun journey but I really didn't enjoy it I would rather read different books. One other thing I disliked was how the illustrations made Gertie look like she was really young when she was supposed to be in 5th grade.
                  • snicker9
                    snicker9Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm44 starsFeatured
                    Gertie has a goal. She is going to be the best 5th grader. Her reason for her goal? So that her estranged mother(who is moving away and getting married), will realize that Gertie doesn't need her. But someone else has the same goal. Enter new girl, Mary Sue Spivey, who just moved from California while her dad is filming a movie here. All of a sudden she is the most popular girl in school. She knows the most famous child actresses in the country, she knows all the answers in class, she's the teachers favorite. In Gertie's mind, she is just plain evil. So now Gertie must come up with a new plan. How can she become the best fifth grader ever? How can she become the smartest, the funniest, the most popular? And how can she do it while keeping her friends? I think this book was an interesting view on not-so-average families. Gertie's mom left them when Gertie was very little, but she lives just across town. Now Gertie's Great-Aunt Rae stays with her and her father and takes care of them. And Gertie's father works on an oil rig, so he is gone for two weeks and then home for two weeks. At the beginning of the book Gertie is very self-involved. However, as the book goes on there is character development, and she is a better person at the end. I recommend this to elementary students who like realistic fiction. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
                    • spykitten
                      spykittenThursday, May 31, 2018 at 11:18 am11 star
                      This book was not good. It was about a girl named Gertie who thinks she can be the best 5th grader in the whole universe (0% possible). Even if this book was written differently it would still not be good. I didn't like ANY part of this book at all. I would not recommend this at all.

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