“A touching tale of understanding and friendship . . . The message of education as a vehicle for progress and dismantling hatred is one that will strike a chord with readers.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Braden sensitively demonstrates how isolating it can be to live with people who, despite good intentions, force their children to fulfill expectations that run counter to their own senses of self. . . . All the characters find ways to encourage each other, be less alone, and connect.”—Booklist, starred review
You know those most-embarrassing moments, the stories that still make your face turn hot when you remember them years later? Well, Audrey Vernick has written a terrific and funny picture book text about one of those moments. (You thought I was going to say Audrey HAD one of those moments, didn't you? Fooled you!)
FIRST-GRADE DROPOUT's main character has just done something unimaginably embarrassing, one that can't possibly be survived unless he just doesn't go back to school. So that's just what he plans to do. Fortunately for him, he's got some great friends who will keep him company.
The editor acquiring this text is Jennifer Greene of Clarion Books, who is also fabulous person-behind-the-scenes on Audrey's BROTHERS AT BAT, WATER BALLOON, and the forthcoming EDGAR'S SECOND WORD. Huzzah for Jennifer and Audrey!