The Brand New Kid

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By Katie Couric
Publisher Doubleday
The Brand New Kid
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Ellie McSnelly and Carrie OToole were running and laughingtheir first day of school was today! And they wondered just what was in store.Would this be a good year?Would school be a bore?Everyone remembers feeling excited and nervous each fall on the first day of school. Its no different for Ellie McSnelly and Carrie OToole. But this year, theres not only a new teacher to meet, but a brand new kid as well. Lazlo S. Gasky doesnt look or speak quite like the other kids, and no one is sure what to make of him. In fact, they respond to his arrival at Brookhaven School by taunting and teasing him. But when Ellie realizes how tough it is for Lazlo, she reaches out, and after school one day they share an afternoon of soccer, strudel, and chess. Besides making a new friend, she and Lazlo teach their classmates an important lessonone that isnt in their schoolbooksabout accepting people who are different...and in getting to know Lazlo, the kids learn that people arent that different from each other after all.From one of Americas most respected journalists, The Brand New Kid is a heartwarming story about tolerance and the need to give others a chance that will entertain and inspire children and adults alike.

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32 pages32 pages
Lexile AD790LLexile AD790L
Published 2000Published 2000

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