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The Year of Billy Miller (Hardcover)

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Gifted author Kevin Henkes has created a nuanced, emotionally resonant portrait of a seven-year-old boy in this moving, humorous middle grade novel. Just starting second grade, Billy worries that he won't be smart enough because of a bump on his head. Soon, he finds that he also has to contend with a misunderstanding with his teacher, as well as Emster, a new nemesis. His stay-at-home artist dad is helpful, but sometimes moody, his mom is loving and distracted, and his little sister is a source of comfort in-between the temper tantrums. The story is separated into four sections, each focusing on a different person in Billy's life. Henkes is also the author of Newbery Honor Book OLIVE'S OCEAN and numerous picture books.

Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books, Frindle, by Andrew Clements, and the Clementine series.

When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, this is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.

Number of Pages: 229
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Social Issues / Self-Esteem + Self-Reliance, Social Issues / Friendship, Social Issues / New Experience
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Greenwillow
Language: English
Street Date: September 17, 2013
TCIN: 14607968
UPC: 9780062268129
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-0735
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