A funny, accessible chapter-book series about an irrepressible third grader.
Marty McGuire's third-grade class has a special assignment: Save the Earth! Even more exciting, the best project wins a special award. Marty's pretty sure her classmates' ideas won't stand a chance against her plan to turn the garbage from the school cafeteria into fertilizer. All she needs is a little help from her teammate and best friend, Annie--and the worms in her grandma's garden.
But it turns out that worms are awfully SLOW eaters. And when the critters escape, the whole class starts grumbling. Can Marty save the Earth without losing her friends?
About the Author
Kate Messner is a middle school teacher and the author of several books for young readers including Over and Under the Snow, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, and the Sea Monster series. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York.
Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of "Locomotive", winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11", a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; "Lightship", also a Sibert Honor Book; and "Racecar Alphabet", an ALA Notable Children's Book. He has illustrated Avi's Poppy Stories, Kate Messner's Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's "Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring", a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.
Praise for MARTY MCGUIRE:
"Messner gets all the details of third grade right [and] Floca's black-and-white sketches are filled with movement and emotion...Believable and endearing characters in a realistic elementary-school setting will be just the thing for fans of Clementine and Ramona." --KIRKUS