Shermy and Shake, the Not-So-New Kid

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Shermy and Shake, the Not-So-New Kid

author: Kirby Larson
illustrator: Shinji Fujioka

series name:
Shermy and Shake

Being a second grader is even cooler than Shermy imagined. He loves reading new stories (and filling out charts about them!), helping his teacher get organized, and being a good classroom leader. So when the teacher asks Shermy to be a school buddy for the new kid, Shermy says, “Sure!” Imagine his surprise when the new kid turns out to be Shake—Shermy’s summer friend from out of town. This is amazing news! Or is it? Meticulous Shermy and boisterous Shake couldn’t be more different, and soon the other kids are all looking at Shake like he’s a super rare Magic Monster card—and not looking at Shermy at all. Can Shermy and Shake stay buddies now that school is in session? A nuanced story about friendship that shines with authentic humor and understanding, from Newbery Honoree Kirby Larson and illustrator Shinji Fujioka.

Shermy is excited to learn the new kid in school is none other than his pal Shake, but what if the other kids like Shake better? The two friends’ story, from Newbery Honoree Kirby Larson, continues with heart and humor.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$6.99 / $0.00
1536236276 /  9781536236279
on sale date:
Chapter Book / EBook
age range:
6 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
112 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 1 - Grade 4
Juvenile Fiction; Boys & Men; Readers; School & Education; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Kirby Larson is the author of numerous books for children, including the Newbery Honor Book Hattie Big Sky, and the coauthor of the New York Times best-selling nonfiction picture book Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle. She lives with her husband in Kenmore, Washington.
illustrator’s comments:
Shinji Fujioka was born and raised in Hawaii, where he ignored sun, sand, and surf in favor of reading, playing video games, and drawing lots of ninjas, superheroes, and all manner of weaponry. Shermy and Shake, the Not-So-Nice Neighbor (the first book in this series) was his debut book. He lives in Utah with his family.
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