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The New Kid

Illustrated by Petra Brown



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About The Book

Logan tracks down a stolen book with the help of his new friend in the sixth book in the Tales from Maple Ridge series.

There’s a new kid in Logan’s one-room schoolhouse! He’s quiet, has thick glasses, and the other students are sure he’s trouble. When a new book goes missing from the classroom’s bookshelf, accusations fly. Logan decides he must track down the book—with the help of his new friend—to show his classmates that there’s always room for another student in their small school.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Tales from Maple Ridge chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.


The New Kid

Logan Pryce yawned as he started up the hill toward the Maple Ridge School. “I’m too tired for learning today!” he complained. He had woken up before dawn to help Pa chop wood.

“But it’s Wednesday!” his sister Tess said happily. She did a twirl, which made her brown braids fly.

“What’s so special about Wednesdays?” their brother Drew piped up. “I like Fridays better. That’s when we have our spelldowns, and I always win.”

Logan rolled his eyes. At eleven, Drew was the oldest of the Pryce children. He could be a big show-off sometimes.

“Remember? Miss Ashley said that starting today, Wednesdays would be Library Day,” said Tess. “We each get to pick a book to take home for a whole week!”

Tess loved to read more than just about anything. Logan thought reading was okay, although he liked inventing things a lot more.

“I helped Miss Ashley shelve the library books. I know what I’m choosing first,” Tess declared.

“Little Women?” guessed Logan. “Treasure Island?”

Tess shook her head. “I’ve already read those. No, my first library book shall be Birds of North America.”

“Who cares about a bunch of dumb birds?” Drew teased her.

About The Author

Grace Gilmore is a city girl, but she has always been fascinated by farm life. Growing up, she spent many summers riding horses, chasing chickens, and swimming in the creek at her great-grandparents’ farm in the hollows of Kentucky. When she isn’t writing books, she can be found playing the piano, baking cookies, or wrangling various pets. Grace lives with her family in Ithaca, New York.

About The Illustrator

Petra Brown lives at the foot of Mount Snowdon near the little Ffestiniog railway, in the beautiful country of North Wales, United Kingdom. When she was a child, she used to love to look through books and draw the pictures herself. Now she finds that illustrating children’s books is immensely satisfying. You can visit her at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (April 12, 2016)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481447478
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 570L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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