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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Beasley Narrator: Tara Sands Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781101915790
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For fans of Three Times Lucky and The Penderwicks, this endearing new classic spins together sparkling humor, sizzle-pop writing, and a sassy main character with an unforgettable voice.

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 comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again--one laugh at a time. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Gertie on a mission is a spectacle that is simply not to be missed.”

    Kate Milford, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Beasley takes us on a rollicking tour of mislaid plans and Gertie’s subsequent picking herself up, dusting herself off, and starting all over again…Effortlessly fun…an entertaining story, well told.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Readers may have met the likes of Gertie before, but her Alabama setting and the mix of interesting friends, foes, and family who surround her all provide charm…[For] fans of spunky female protagonists.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Narrator Tara Sands’s youthful verve expresses the enthusiasm and naïveté of heroine Gertie Reece Troy…Gertie’s longing creates a strong subplot and undercurrent to the narration. But Sands’s breezy reading predominates. Her tone emphasizes Gertie’s resilience, and, ultimately, her realization that the best course is to find joy in what she has, not to focus on what she’s missing.”


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About the Author

Kate Beasley holds a masters in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Claxton, Georgia, with two dogs, one parrot, lots of cows, and a cat named Edgar.

About the Narrator

Tara Sands is an American actress, television host, and voice talent who has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She is former cohost of Fridays on the Cartoon Network. In addition to performing in plays and musicals, her voice can be heard on numerous commercials, audiobooks, cartoons, and video games.