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Teddy Mars Book #2: Almost a Winner
Contributor(s): Burnham, Molly B. (Author), Spencer, Trevor (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0062278142     ISBN-13: 9780062278142
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
OUR PRICE: $5.94  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2017


Teddy goes from record breaker to friendship fixer in the heartwarming and hilarious follow-up to Molly B. Burnham’s 2016 Sid Fleischman Humor Award-winning debut, Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker, now in paperback.

Win or lose, friends stick together. But when Teddy’s whole class decides to break a bigger, better world record, friends turn into enemies. And Teddy feels stuck in the middle. To fix this mess, Teddy will have to do something he’s never done before—try NOT to break a record! Can he win at losing before his whole class misses out? Humor and grit triumph in this story of one boy’s struggle to make peace in a class full of record breakers, a coop full of pigeons, and a world full of wonders.

Told in short, accessible sections with fun lists and highly rambunctious illustrations, the heartwarming Teddy Mars series is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy’s never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and striving to break world records of their own.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Siblings
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Birds
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Series: Teddy Mars
Physical Information: 0.8" H x 5" W x 7.6" (0.40 lbs) 288 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 190244
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Spencer, Trevor: -

Trevor Spencer loves animated films almost as much as Teddy Mars loves world records. Trevor fills his days with making toys and drawing books with his lovely wife in California. His evenings are dedicated to bringing Teddy Mars to life, and he couldn't be happier.

Burnham, Molly B.: -

Molly B. Burnham has been a dog walker, ice-cream scooper, and elementary school teacher. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and a dog named Pepito. Pigeons really do live next door to her. Sadly, Grumpy Pigeon Man does not. Molly earned an MFA in children's writing from Hamline University. This is her first book, but not her last. She has not broken a world record--yet!

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Teddy has finally set a world record, but his mania for competition is tested when his classmates decide to break a group record together. They split into rival groups, both seeking his help; Teddy just wants to stop the infighting. Over-the-top humor and authentic dynamics among family and friends will delight returning fans, despite the story's predictability. Black-and-white illustrations not seen.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 February)

Gr 3–7—Teddy is obsessed with the Guinness Book of World Records and, in particular, breaking a world record with his two best friends. He's already a world record holder (as told in the previous book in the series). When his class is broken up into groups for the upcoming inventions fair, his enthusiasm for world records spills over to his classmates who decide to break a record themselves. Infighting among his classmates ensues and once stable friendships are threatened. Teddy does whatever he can to stop the arguing and help his friends achieve their goal. Those who enjoyed Teddy's last story (Teddy Mars: Almost A World Record Holder) will love this title. New readers will be able to hop on with no problem as pertinent information is revealed throughout the story when necessary. Young readers with siblings will be able to relate to Teddy's realistic struggles with his younger brother and older sisters. Short chapters and the subject matter make this a perfect book for reluctant readers as well as those who enjoy a laugh. Here's hoping for more Teddy Mars adventures!

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