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Marion Strikes a Pose

Book #8 of The Critter Club
Illustrated by Marsha Riti

Fashionista Marion enters a styling competition in the eighth book of the Critter Club series—but will she regret helping out one of her competitors?

Marion is so excited. There’s an upcoming kids’ fashion show for charity, and the students at Santa Vista Elementary get to style an outfit for it! Since only one design from each grade will get picked for the show, Marion knows she has to win. So she’s surprised when a girl named Olivia asks her for some style advice.

Marion agrees to help Olivia, and actually has fun doing it! But problems arise when Marion realizes that Olivia has designed the exact outfit Marion had planned to present to the judges. So Marion tells a little white lie in order to get her way. At first, she is excited to impress the judges, but soon, another feeling creeps up on her. Is it guilt? Will Marion tell Olivia what she did? And whose outfit will get picked for the fashion show? Plus, Marion deals with taking care of some frogs at The Critter Club!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Marion Strikes a Pose

Ready, Set, Style!
Marion walked in the front door of Santa Vista Elementary School. In her head, she was going through her morning checklist: Homework folder? Check. Lunch box? Check. Sneakers for gym? Check.

Marion felt ready for the day.

She followed other kids into the auditorium for the morning assembly, which they had every Friday. The seats were filling up. Marion headed for the rows assigned to the second-grade classes. She spotted an empty seat next to her three best friends, Amy, Liz, and Ellie.

Walking toward that row, Marion passed a group of fourth graders. “I love your skirt, Marion!” said a girl named Emily as Marion went by.



“Thanks!” Marion replied. She had spent a lot of time last night planning her outfit for today. She added one more item to her checklist. Cool outfit? Check! Marion loved picking out her outfits for school. And for play dates and for parties. And for riding her horse, Coco. For everything, really!



“Hi, Marion!” said Amy as she sat down. Farther down the row, Ellie and Liz waved.



“Attention, students!” Mrs. Young, the principal, spoke into the microphone at the front of the auditorium. All the kids quieted down. “I have some announcements. But first, we have a special guest. Her name is Hannah Lewis. She is the owner of The Closet, a store here in Santa Vista.”

Callie Barkley loves animals. As a young girl, she dreamed of getting a cat or dog of her own until she discovered she was allergic to most of them. It was around this time that she realized the world was full of all kinds of critters that could use some love. She now lives with her husband and two kids in Connecticut. They share their home with exactly ten fish and a very active ant farm.

Marsha Riti illustrated the picture book The Picky Little Witch by Elizabeth Brokamp and The Critter Club series by Callie Barkley. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she likes to take long walks, stopping frequently to pet neighborhood kitties.

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