Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
by 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 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.
This book is so good! I don’t use the exclamation mark lightly. Gertie’s woes and troubles are all at once the common-day travails of children, and yet distinct. Gertie’s mother has abandoned her, and this headstrong heroine traverses the struggles of Grade 5: popularity, friends, grades, and the bigger stuff.
I could feel my pulse racing at points because the author does such a great job of making us feel that unfairness in certain circumstances, and some nail-biting scenes in others, which I won’t give away.
Leap to the nearest bookstore, and meet Gertie the great!