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The Resource Jess's story, by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge ; illustrated by Deborah Marcero

Jess's story, by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge ; illustrated by Deborah Marcero

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Jess's story
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Jess's story
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by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge ; illustrated by Deborah Marcero
Title variation
Backyard witch
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Jess's story
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Language
eng
Summary
Jess is a superstar on the field and on the court. Soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis--you name it, she loves it. But she's a disaster in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her chef mother. When Jess's mom gets a chance to work in a famous kitchen for a week, Jess and her friends, Sadie and Maya, try to help out by making dinner. And . . . let's just say that it goes up in flames. Enter Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears right when you need her! Ms. M is a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. She doesn't save the day herself, but she helps everyone save it for themselves
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  • Gr 2–4—Jess is a great athlete, with normal kid appetites for things like peanut butter and pizza. She just can't seem to please her chef mom, who wants her to enjoy tofu and truffle oil. Enter Ms. M, a witch introduced in the first book in the series. Ms. M becomes Jess's babysitter, taking her on mini-adventures and helping her to (mildly) expand her tastes and her confidence. Ms. M is an entertaining character but does not quite live up to her foremothers, Mary Poppins and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. She offers Jess needed attention but not much guidance and is a catalyst for only minor growth, if any. While the mother/daughter conflict abates somewhat at the end of the story, the resolution seems sudden and temporary. References to the plot of Sadie's Story (HarperCollins, 2015) appear frequently, making this a true sequel and best appreciated by readers of the first installment. Gentle line drawings illustrate this pleasant, if somewhat bland, story. Back matter includes "Ms. M's Tips for Young Chefs," a recipe from the story for grilled tofu with Thai peanut sauce, and a glossary of herbs. VERDICT An additional purchase for larger chapter book collections, or where the first title has fans.—Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL --Heidi Estrin (Reviewed 02/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 2, p76)
  • Just as suddenly as she disappeared at the end of series opener Sadie's Story (2015), Ms. M the witch pops back into the lives of three besties right when she's needed.In the first book, a lonely Sadie befriends Ms. M while Jess and Maya are on vacation at Moosehead Lake. This time, Ms. M comes to Jess' rescue. A natural athlete, Jess excels at basketball, soccer, tennis—just about any sport she tries her hand at. But when it comes to moves in the kitchen, Jess is no match for her chef mom. One afternoon when the babysitter cancels, Jess and her friends decide to make lasagna to surprise her mom. Unfortunately, their good intentions result in a smoked-filled kitchen. Jess is grounded, but all is not lost. Ms. M shows up as her new sitter, and the witch's outrageous magic stunts and mutual love of sports cheer Jess up. Despite the witty humor, some jokes may go over young readers' heads. For instance, Jess tries to learn Dog (yes, it's a language) but "Fra, fra. Foow," from Jess' mouth is not the same as "Fra, fra. Foow," from Ms. M's. "It's all in the intonation, dear. Like Chinese." However, many preteen girls can identify with Jess' thorny relationship with her mom; no matter how hard she tries, she can't seem to make her mom happy. Marcero depicts a multiracial trio of friends; Jess and her mom appear to be Asian.Delightful illustrations and enduring underlying themes make this a fun, quick read. (cooking tips, recipe, resources) (Fantasy. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10516306
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Heppermann, Christine
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
3.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Koertge, Ronald
  • Marcero, Deborah
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Backyard Witch
Series volume
bk.2
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Imagination
  • Play
  • Fantasy
  • Magic
  • Social Issues
  • Friendship
  • Friendship
  • Friendship
  • Fiction
Label
Jess's story, by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge ; illustrated by Deborah Marcero
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Copyright
Note
Ages: 8 to 12
Bibliography note
Includes a recipe and information about cooking and gardening
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1593502
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
186 pages
Isbn
9780062338419
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062338419
  • (OCoLC)926742822
Label
Jess's story, by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge ; illustrated by Deborah Marcero
Publication
Copyright
Note
Ages: 8 to 12
Bibliography note
Includes a recipe and information about cooking and gardening
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1593502
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
186 pages
Isbn
9780062338419
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062338419
  • (OCoLC)926742822

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