In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog

A Middle-Grade Novel by Gail Donovan

Illustrator: Janet Pedersen
ISBN: 978-0-525-42085-9
Publisher: Dutton, March, 2009
Binding, Price: Hardcover, $15.99
Ages: 7 – 12

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Meet fifth-grader Josh – an irrepressible motormouth, always in trouble. His ordinary troubles grow wildly out of control when he brings a mutant frog he has found to school, and it seems everyone is on his case-parents, teacher, classmates, even the lunch ladies! When the frog is confiscated by the principal, Josh organizes the school to do what he knows is right. Heartwarming and hilarious, this novel by a major new talent will have kids cheering.

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Awards & Accolades:

New York Public Library Best Books for Children

“…The pace and constantly changing focus of this third-person narrative mirror the impulsive nature of the sympathetic main character. School scenes are realistic, and the debut novelist effectively introduces current concerns and some theories about malformed amphibians. Pedersen’s occasional sketches illustrate high points. Middle-graders will celebrate as Josh learns to use his personal “pause” button to stop talking long enough to keep out of trouble. Obvious appeal, particularly to fans of Andrew Clements’s work.” —Kirkus Reviews

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