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In Over Her Head
Hannah Smart
By (author): Melody Fitzpatrick
9781459731608 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience Vermont Sep 17, 2016
$12.99 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 0.51 in | 140 gr 192 pages Dundurn
 
CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2017) 2017, Commended
Being totally scared of the ocean is no big deal when it means being on TV with the boy of your dreams — right?

Hannah Smart is the happiest she’s ever been. She’s doing great in school, she’s got her own spot on the Friday evening news, and she’s desperately in love with the boy next door.

But when Hannah’s boss asks her to be part of a treasure-hunting reality show for teens, she instantly feels ill. For most kids, a high-seas adventure searching for treasure would sound amazing, but for Hannah, who suffers horribly from seasickness, it’s a total nightmare. When she finds out that her crush and “the more perfect than perfect” Piper Steele will both be there, she has no choice, and agrees to the trip. In true Hannah fashion, she comes up with a plan to overcome her fears once and for all.

What she doesn’t know is that Piper has a cunning plan as well, which means stormy seas for Hannah Smart.

CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2017) Selection

  • Third book in the Hannah Smart trilogy about a precocious, impulsive pre-teen girl with a knack for finding the spotlight — and getting into trouble
  • Hannah is 14 now and has a part-time job working at the local TV station
  • Carries on theme of self-reliance and responsibility
  • Comedic and light-hearted in tone, but with messages including the importance of being yourself and not feeling you have to exaggerate or lie to impress others
  • Material has tested well with grade 5 and 6 students of both sexes

Melody Fitzpatrick writes outrageously funny and empowering books for children. When she’s not busy dreaming up stories, she is an educational program assistant in the public school system, helping kids discover their amazing inner awesomeness. Melody lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

[T]he book is well-written and captures the dialogue and self-absorption that some teens exhibit…the book also provides some life-lessons about being your own person, doing your best, and taking the high road. - Canadian Materials

A gentle, positively toned series intended to provide accessible, realistic lessons for girls struggling with the multiple and sometimes conflicting messages they receive from peers, family, and media. - Resource Links

Hannah is a funny, slightly goofball heroine with good intentions who has a talent for doing and saying the wrong thing. Her endearing clumsiness will keep readers laughing and cheering her on. - Atlantic Books Today

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