FITTING IN IS A BIG DEAL: Both Fenway and Hattie are the new kids and experience the nervousness and uncertainty of if they’ll be liked and how they’ll fit in.
BUT BEING YOURSELF IS MORE IMPORTANT: When an alpha dog and ringleader boy convince the groups to do things Fenway and Hattie don’t want to do, both decide going along with the crowd is just not for them.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Fenway doesn’t fully understand Hattie’s new haircut or worry over what she wears, but kids will relate to her back-to-school anticipation and anxiety.
OSOB OFF TO A GREAT START: Kids are coming to Book 1 through One School, One Book, introducing them to the fun world of Fenway in numbers that rival Humphrey’s first year! This exposure will bring tons of kids to the rest of the series.
WIDE READERSHIP: Fenway’s infectious energy appeals to both boys and girls, and kids from third grade all the way up to reluctant readers in middle school will relate to Hattie as told through Fenway’s eyes.
NEW SETTING: For the first time, Fenway explores beyond his backyard, and readers will delight in seeing him discover all the surprising scents, critters, activities, and—of course—treats at the camp site.
HIGHLY ENGAGED AUTHOR: Vicki is always engaging with teachers, librarians, and readers—she is constantly at conferences, creating materials for classrooms, and sparking excitement about Fenway and Hattie on Twitter.
Praise for Fenway and Hattie:
2017 Global Read Aloud Selection
“This perky, pet-centered tale takes readers inside the head of Fenway, an energetic and perpetually hopeful Jack Russell terrier with a deep love for food, intense hatred of squirrels, and undying adoration of his ’small human,’ Hattie…A fun, fresh frolic that animal-loving kids are sure to enjoy.” -Publishers Weekly
“Readers will relate to Fenway’s impulsivity and delight in descriptions from his dog’s-eye view. Teachers and adults will appreciate generous sprinklings of rich vocabulary.” -School Library Journal
“Fenway may not understand Hattie’s behavior, but readers looking through his uncomprehending eyes will follow her ups and downs easily as she adjusts to the move. They’ll also wince in sympathy as she tries, with mixed success, to train, her barky, hyper, emotional pet.” -Booklist
“Delightful, fun, and imaginative.” -Pernille Ripp, 7th grade teacher and founder of the Global Read Aloud
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