Hey, New Kid!
Hey, New Kid!

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Annotation: Cody decides on a new image as a third grader when he transfers to a new school.
Catalog Number: #135647
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Inventory Sale Inventory Sale Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1996
Edition Date: 1998
Illustrator: Thompson, Ellen
Pages: 89 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-038439-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-02311-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-038439-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-02311-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 95046309
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
When his family moves in the middle of the school year, third-grader Cody decides to start fresh: instead of being ordinary Cody, he's going to be Super Cody. Standing in front of his new class, he announces he's from Alaska instead of Topeka, Kansas, and that he's smart, supersmart. In fact, a genius. Despite far-fetched claims, he still feels invincible, even though his lie about being a champion skater is about to be tested at a birthday skating party. Duffey brings Cody safely and humorously through his predicament, letting children sympathize with his embarrassment, and as in How to Be Cool in Third Grade she has written this chapter book with an obvious understanding of the real concerns of eight-and nine-year-olds. (Reviewed April 1, 1996)
Horn Book
On his first day in a new school, third-grader Cody blurts out lies about himself and his family in order to sound exciting. Eventually, he is forced to admit that he lied, but discovers that he can make friends by being himself. Duffey again explores the everyday angst of young elementary school children in this fast-paced and very funny story.
Kirkus Reviews
Cody has just moved, and he's not taking it very well. After all his pleas to stay home from the first day in his new third grade fail, he reinvents himself as Super Cody, child genius and expert on everything. When this, predictably, backfires, he must learn to adjust to his new school without all the heroics. Duffey (Utterly Yours, Booker Jones, 1995, etc.) has created parents- -especially the father—who are ciphers and a boy who comes across as so self-pitying that it will be hard for readers to imagine what his old friends saw in him. It strains credulity that, at an age when a great deal of energy is spent on avoiding humiliation, a third grader would stupidly set himself up; it's even less believable that his classmates would be so uniformly kind, understanding, and sympathetic about it. Abrupt and didactic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4--Because he's dreading being the new kid in school, Cody, a quirky, wise-cracking third grader, transforms himself into Super Cody. Nothing is ordinary in his life; he tells everyone he's a world-class skater, that he has a pet emu, and that his father is an FBI agent. But rather than making the transition smoother, his new image only causes embarrassment. He is invited to Holly's skating party, and since he's never really skated, he succeeds in rolling into the girl's bathroom and exiting as a toilet-paper mummy. But thanks to a supportive mother, an understanding teacher, a few kids willing to give him a chance, and a science project, he makes friends. Duffey's characters display a wide variety of realistic emotions, and students will readily identify with them.--Christina Dorr, Calcium Primary School, NY
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Word Count: 9,315
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 11578 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q05210
Lexile: 420L
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N

Cody's father is an F.B.I. agent, he's got a pet emu, and he's an ace on Rollerblades. At least, that's what Cody tells his class on the first day at his new school. Being Super Deluxe Cody is great, until someone throws a skating party. And suddenly, the game may be up!

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