The Year of Billy Miller

The Year of Billy Miller

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A 2014 Newbery Honor Book
A New York Times Bestseller

Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books; Frindle, by Andrew Clements; and the Clementine series.

The New York Times declared: "Henkes's delightful story is restrained and vivid . . . forgoing the overdramatic or zany, it shows the substance, warmth and adaptability of beautifully common family love." When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 229 pages
  • 149.86 x 203.2 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062268120
  • 9780062268129
  • 128,969

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Funny and often poignant . . . Billy himself might have been daunted by a book with more than 200 pages, but eager young readers will find this a great first chapter book to share or read solo. --School Library Journal (starred review)"
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Back cover copy

Things to know about Billy Miller:

He's worried about 2nd gradeHe thinks bats are coolHis little sister is annoyingHe had a spectacular accident this summerHe doesn't like poetry muchHis dad makes really good cookiesNed is his best friendHis mom likes rainy daysHe thinks Emma Sparks is a painHe can run really fastThis is his year
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6,879 ratings
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5 29% (1,964)
4 34% (2,313)
3 27% (1,883)
2 8% (518)
1 3% (201)
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