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Gertrude and Toby Save the Gingerbread Man
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About the Author

Shari Tharp is a graduate of San Diego State University and a former teacher. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and son. Her debut book, GERTRUDE AND TOBY'S FRIDAY ADVENTURE, won a silver medal IPPY award for Best Illustrated Ebook. The next two books in the series, GERTRUDE AND TOBY SAVE THE GINGERBREAD MAN and GERTRUDE AND TOBY MEET THE WOLF, are scheduled to be released in late 2016. In addition to writing, Shari enjoys playing chess, hiking, biking, and reading (of course!).

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"This book will be a great addition to elementary classroom libraries and school libraries. Classroom teachers who set up reading stations will be able to introduce students to a variety of tales by using this book. Gertrude and Toby also come in contact with several other characters, settings, and plots from traditional fairy tales. A creative teacher will find a lot to love about this book because there are so many connections that can be made to the other tales. Students can write and illustrate their own Gertrude and Toby stories taking them into the magical worlds of fairy tales and Mother Goose." Margaret Newbold-Librarian at Ft. Zumwalt West High School, O'Fallon, Missouri. She is also past president of the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) and presents "What's New in YA Lit?" each year at the MASL spring conference. "This title picks up right where the first installment left off. Toby and Gertrude are on their way into town for another adventure! On the way, they meet a few new friends (who will be familiar to readers) and work to rescue a companion they met in the first book. The characters' consistency and unique voices help to establish this sequel, and the ending teases readers about more to come . . ." Rose Garrett-Elementary School Librarian at Cliff Valley School, Atlanta, Georgia, and Reviewer for several print review publications "I liked book two as much as I the first one. I was anxious to turn the page to see happened next. A real adventure with some very cute "guest stars"! It was fun and spunky. The characters are likable and cute. I've found a new series for not only the library but my new grandson as well!" Nikki Brewer-Library Director at Burt Public Library, Burt, Iowa "This book is very humorous with that kind of humor that includes as much ingenuity as absurdity. The presence of so many characters from fairy tales gives it an air of surreal, too. Addressed to kids who are leveling up from the "early readers" step, the story would work great if it is read either by or to the [child]. The illustrations look really funny, with expressive characters." Sandra Lema-Reviewer at Reviews in Chalk, reviewsinchalk.blogspot.com "This is quite a fun book that gives a bit of a different view on the traditional fairy tales. The characters of Gertrude and Toby work really well together, and I can see them becoming even more firm favourites as they move from this adventure in to the next." Donna Maguire-Reviewer at Donna's Book Blog, donnasbookblog.wordpress.com, and a Top 25 UK reviewer on Goodreads, United Kingdom

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