Have No Fear!
Have No Fear!

Series: The Fix-It Friends Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Seven-year-old Veronica, who is good at solving problems, starts the Fix-It Friends after she and her brother and their friends help her new classmate get over her fear of spiders. Includes notes for children and their parents.
Catalog Number: #138053
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Dockray, Tracy,
Pages: 126 pages
Availability: Out of Print
ISBN: 1-250-11577-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-11577-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016036193
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this first volume in the Fix-It Friends series, Veronica, a perky second-grader, spies a girl on the verge of tears at recess and decides to help. Many questions later, she discovers Maya's name and her problem: fear of insects. Veronica soon swings into action, attempting to cheer up her new friend with Groucho glasses (response: none) and a fake spider (response: terrified screams), while her older brother, Jude, tries logic, all to no avail. Only their mother's idea works: tiny steps that Maya agrees to try in order to conquer her fear. With friends and family supporting her, Maya makes progress. Distinctive grayscale pictures illustrate this chapter book, and an appended section for kids offers a toolbox for handling worrying, as well as resource lists for concerned parents. While Maya's progress toward her goal forms a predictable narrative arc, it's realistic that her improvement is small. Still, feeling happy with their success, siblings Veronica and Jude, along with their two best friends, decide to form the Fix-It Friends to help other kids solve problems.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3The first in a planned series featuring Veronica Conti, an outgoing seven-year-old who wants to solve conflicts, including her new friend Maya's problem: a fear of bugs. While her heart is in the right place, Veronica's plans leave something to be desired, and everything goes disastrously awry. Maya's problem and some of the resulting action in the book are somewhat contrived and the solutions pat. However, the premise, an idea of a series about a group of friends helping others in need, makes up for some of the title's minor shortcomings. VERDICT A serviceable if not memorable beginning chapter book.Kaela Cochran, Lincoln Township Public Library, Stevensville, MI
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School Library Journal (6/1/17)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 14,262
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 189469 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: HL690L

Because being scared stinks! Seven-year-old Veronica Conti knows a thing or two. She knows that recess is the best part of the day. And if someone, like Maya, doesn't play at recess because she's too afraid of bugs, well, that's a HUGE problem! And it has to be fixed, pronto! But when Veronica's big ideas to help Maya backfire, she learns that sometimes, to help others, you need a little help yourself. Before you can say "bugging out," Veronica forms a team supreme with her best friend Cora, total tech whiz Ezra, and Mr. Know-It-All, her bossy big brother, Jude. Together, they can tackle Maya's problem, and every problem! Together, they are the Fix-It Friends! This is the first adventure in The Fix-It Friends chapter book series. Author Nicole C. Kear anchors humor with lots of heart, as the group learns to deal with fears and worries. Includes a toolbox of expert advice on how to face your fears! Don't miss the other Fix-It Friends adventures: The Fix-It Friends: Sticks and Stones The Fix-It Friends: The Show Must Go On The Fix-It Friends: Wish You Were Here The Fix-It Friends: Eyes on the Prize The Fix-It Friends: Three's a Crowd An Imprint Book "Fears are scary! But don't worry: the Fix-It Friends are here with step-by-step help --and humor too."--Fran Manushkin, author of the Katie Woo series "Full of heart and more than a little spunk" --Kathleen Lane, author of The Best Worst Thing An empowering resource for kids -- and they're just plain fun to read." --Lauren Knickerbocker, Ph.D., Co-Director, Early Childhood Service, NYU Child Study Center "Hooray for these young friends who work together; this diverse crew will have readers looking forward to more." -- Kirkus Reviews "The humor is spot-on, and the stories pull kids in, teaching without preaching, encouraging children to be active problem-solvers in their own lives." --Dr. Dawn Huebner, Ph. D., child psychologist and creator of the What-to-Do Guides for Kids series

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