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Maddie Tries To Be Good

By Louise Leblanc, Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, Translated by Sarah Cummins

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Series: Formac First Novels

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Things are getting crazy at Maddie's house: her mother has cut her finger, her brother is taking her stuff, her baby sister is starting to wail, her dad is just trying to keep out of it. At school things aren't much better: bully Patrick is trying to take over her gang, and her genius brother Julian has joined her drama class.
When Maddie's mother goes away for a few days' rest, she knows she'll have to do something extreme to get everything back to normal. So she comes up with a radical plan: she'll be as good as she possibly can until her mother comes back. It's almost more than Maddie can bear, but she manages with a little help from her wise grandmother.
Maddie Tries To Be Good is a story about the pressures of everyday life, and how support from others can help us cope.

"Maddie learns much about sharing, compromise, patience and responsibility."

- Betty L. Misset Gale Resource Links

"Fans of the funny and feisty Maddie will not be disappointed with this eighth book in the series. The style and content are perfect for beginning chapter book readers and should be represented in all childrens' collections. Highly recommended."

- Deborah Dowson Canadian Book Review Annual

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 61 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780887804823
Format: 7in x 4.25in
Black and white illustrations.

Binding: Hardback, 61 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780887804830
Format: 7in x 4.25in
Black and white illustrations.

Previous Editions: (show)
Publication Date: 1st September 2011
ISBN: 9781459500112
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV039050
Imprint: Formac

Interest age: From 5 To 10

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First Novels

Beginner chapters books for ages 6 to 9

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  • Chapter book format, with short chapters and amusing b&w illustrations
  • Reading level: grade 2.0-3.0
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"young readers will appreciate the accessible text, action-filled black-and-white illustrations and discrete chapters that end on suspenseful notes" — Kirkus Reviews

First Novels are humorous, easy-to-read novels that encourage children to begin reading on their own. The series features vibrant, loveable characters, age-appropriate plots and lively illustrations. The books deal with themes kids face every day such as teasing, friendship, competition and multiculturalism.