Gertie's Leap to Greatness PDF/EPUB ê Gertie's Leap

Gertie's Leap to Greatness [Reading] ➶ Gertie's Leap to Greatness ➬ Kate Beasley – 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 he Gertie Reece Foy is % 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 Gertie's Leap PDF/EPUB ² 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.

10 thoughts on “Gertie's Leap to Greatness

  1. Colby Sharp Colby Sharp says:

    Sometimes you read a book and it reminds you of why children's literature not only matters but is vital to the lives of young readers

  2. Michele Knott Michele Knott says:

    Everything you have heard about this book is trueAnd I was in love with Gertie before 20 pgs had gone by My heart felt for herI often wanted to give her a hugShe made me laugh and smileYou will want to read this book You will want to read this book out loud You will want to pass this book on to readers

  3. Brittany Brittany says:

    Oh GertieI had such high hopes for you and that this would be the feel good book of the year but I just have so many uestions Why is your name Gertie and the other kids Jean Roy Mary Sue etc like it's the 1950s yet there are cell phones? How is it that your mother abandoned you yet only moved THREE MILES away and you still never see each other? Why are the other kids SO mean to you and why is there NO adult intervention? And most importantly if this book is called Gertie's Leap to Greatness where was this s0 called leap to greatness? I didn't see it Gertie intentionally hurt several of those closest to her during her uest for greatness and there was never any apology any lesson learned or any real resolution Unfortunately I realize this may be reality for some kids but there was just far too much cruelty in this story for me to be able to recommend with good conscience

  4. Dov Zeller Dov Zeller says:

    I will here admit that when I saw Jillian Tamaki named as the illustrator of this book I thought it was a graphic novel and was really looking forward to reading it When I discovered it's a novel with a few illustrations I was disappointed But I gave it a read anyway AndI found it pretty disappointing I think with a bit context a touch humor and maybe a bit growing self awareness on Gertie's part I might have appreciated it Also I didn't think the conflict between the wealthier outsider whose family comes to promote nature conservation vs the local family with father supporting the family by working on an oil rig got explored or resolved fully I think the topic deserves a bit care and sensitivity What did I like about this book? A non traditional family A complex girl protagonist who is learning as she goes Meditations on the messy nature of family and friendship and just being human

  5. Ms. Yingling Ms. Yingling says:

    E ARC available at Netgalley and Edelweiss Above the TreelineGertie is bound and determined to be great The book starts with her resuscitating a bullfrog and taking it to school in a shoebox so that she has the best summer story to tell Unfortunately 5th grade is marred by the appearance of a new girl Mary Sue whose father is a film director in town with a famous kid star Gertie wants to be phenomenal so that her mother who walked out when Gertie was very young notices her before she moves away from town Gertie tries being the best student being the star of the class play and just about anything else she can but her innate personality works against her When Mary Sue's mother an environmental lobbyist speaks to the class about trying to shut down the oil rigs on which Gertie's father works she realizes that she needs to be great for many reasons even if her mother still ignores her Strengths I loved that Gertie had a nontraditional family her aunt lives with her and her father that is still very supportive The teacher is also portrayed as generally fair even when Gertie points out an incident where she was NOT fair The fighting with Mary Sue is very on point as was the fight with a former best friend who aligned herself with Mary Sue Weaknesses I disliked Gertie She did not come across as a sympathetic character to me Others who like Hollis Woods and other unpleasant fictional characters will disagreeWhat I really think I would consider this for elementary but it seems young for middle school

  6. Sarah Sarah says:

    Thank you to NetGalley and Farrar Strauss Giroux BYR for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewWell oh dear I truly wish I could give this a higher rating but unfortunately this really missed the mark for me Now obviously this is a middle grade book so one could argue I'm not the right audience for this and I would not uarrel with that assessment I actually would be interested to hear an opinion from the the age range for which this is written To start I thought this was a book written in the 1950's it was only when it is mentioned about a child having a cell phone that I realized it was supposed to be modern day And this left me puzzled All the children's names are so outdated as to be noticeable and jarring Gertrude Junior Jean Roy and Mary Sue are all the main players here There is also some contest regarding summer speeches which also felt strangely antiuated unfair and strangely subjective Almost the whole time I'm reading this book I'm wondering if California is so progressive and my children's school in particular because I had to do some serious suspension of belief that Mary Sue and eventually the other kids would get away with the level of cruelty and bullying they subject Gertie to An exclusionary club complete with picketing students and publicity on school grounds that attacked a fellow student's family? Umm no A school secretary that favors some students and visibly hands them chocolates when they deliver a note? Umm no A school play with a starring role that is gender specific? Umm no Add in an unhealthy dose of precociousness and a mother who abandons her child but lives in the same town and starts a new one and it was just too over the top for me Of course there is a happy ending here but it is too little too late There is an unnecessary amount of school sanctioned oppression that it sucked what little joy there was in the book I do think the author will find a niche with this heroine it has some shades of Jerry Spinelli in there and I did admire Gertie's resilience in the face of overwhelming sadness but unfortunately Gertie was just not my cup of tea

  7. Dylan Teut Dylan Teut says:

    I read Gertie all in one day yesterday Couldn't put it down I was fighting for her and for a while was disgusted with her teacher until later in the book The teacher in me just did not like her rivals It is a very special book and the ending left me wanting Gertie Fabulous 5 stars

  8. Brenda Brenda says:

    Originally posted at Log Cabin LibraryOpening Line The bullfrog was only half dead which was perfectGertie's Leap to Greatness reads like a classic story with a memorable main character strong messages and has the same appeal of a Ramona uimby book I can see this as a class read along One of my favorite scenes was Gertie's reaction to her Aunt serving peas for dinner the very same reaction I would have had at her age What makes it most fun are the black and white illustrations by Jillian Tamaki While reading I really couldn't help feeling for poor Gertie she struck me as a very lonely girl Like Gertie I was trying to understand why her mother left in the first place and those feelings that Gertie had of not feeling like she wasn't important enough for her mother really made me want to give her a really big hug The sad thing is there are kids out there now who probably desperately want that love and affection and can relate to much of what Gertie felt too This passage of Gertie trying to process what it felt like for her mother living with them before she moved out really touched me being with them was like wearing a pair of shoes that were too tight You could limp along for a while but your feet would just hurt and until you were sure that if you walked one step further in those shoes they'd sueeze your toes off The loneliness that Gertie must have felt being in the same town as her mother seeing her house even running into each other once in awhile And now her mother was getting ready to get remarried and move away I really came to dislike Gertie's mother At least Gertie had her Aunt Rae at home who always seemed to look out for her Gertie is such a smart lovely little girl and her optimistic personality really seems to shine through She's the first to point out when her father tries to explain that her mother left because she wasn't happy that although sometimes she isn't happy about going to school she still has to go and she's never happy about going to church but Aunt Rae makes her go A character that I won't soon forget Ultimately the story is less about the reasons why Gertie's mom left and about Gertie's realization that she doesn't need to prove anything to her mother That she is good enough just the way she is and she is gleaming with greatness Overall a very lovely story and I look forward to seeing what Kate Beasley writes next I received an E ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss Above the Treeline

  9. Hannah Hannah says:

    Gertie has a mission And her missions always work out But this one her plan to get her absent mother to notice that Gertie is “one hundred percent not from concentrate awesome” is not going so well The new girl Mary Sue seems to outshine and outsmart Gertie in almost everything And her mother still seems to be keen on moving awayFirst Gertie Oh Gertie Gertie has so much gumption and realness Beasley has created a character so endearing and tangible she’s sure to live on in the pantheon of of kid lit heroines Ramona Matilda Harriet Anne Pippi etc etc She’s a little weird she’s determined and her heart is larger than even she realizes You dear reader will love herGertie’s fight to become the “best fifth grader in the universe” overlays her deeper longing to bring her mother back where she thinks she belongs back with Gertie and her father The profound cruelty Gertie encounters from her fellow students on her uest bullying catalyzed by Mary Sue and intensified as students all too easily join in is heartbreaking in its accuracy Beasley deftly explores the subtle unkindnesses that can break children down utilizing perfectly uirky humor and a brave little protagonist to keep the story from getting to heavy to bear Gertie’s Leap to Greatness shows with whip smart prose that often a journey to greatness happens not in one huge dramatic surge but in tiny little steps from one little triumph to another leading you right back to the wonderful uniue person you’ve been all along Mission accomplished

  10. Jolene Jolene says:

    I LOVED THIS BOOK It was so stinking adorable I grew up with Beverly Cleary's Ramona series and Judy Blum's Fudge series so this book totally took me back to my 10 year old self Gertie is a determined adventurous stubborn fifth grader She lives with her aunt because her dad works on an oil rig and can only come home a few days at a time Gertie's mom left when she was a baby and believes if she is the best fifth grader in the whole class her mom will have to take her back However on the first day of school there is a new girl who threatens to become the best fifth grader Her name is Mary Sue and she moved from California because her dad is making a movie What ensues is a rivalry between the two of them I love Gertie's determination to accomplish all of her goals even when it seems the whole fifth grade class is against her There are some laugh out loud moments and adorable illustrations in this book as well This is Ms Beasley's debut novel and it sounds like it will be a series I definitely look forward to of her books

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