Gertie Reece Foy is a force to be reckoned with. She is determined to become the best Fifth Grader ever, so her mother will stay in town and appreciate her. Tension builds when a new student, Mary Sue Spivey joins Gertie's class and wants to be superior to Gertie. Filled with humor, expressive language and perfect illustrations, characters leap off the pages into readers' hearts. With a never to be forgotten heroine, Gertie's Leap to Greatness has elements of a modern classic.— Barbara Katz
"Meet the new Ramona Quimby " -- Entertainment Weekly
Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she'll be leaving behind. There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.
From debut author Kate Beasley, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again--one laugh at a time.