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 Year of Billy Miller
 Author: Henkes, Kevin


 Publisher:  Greenwillow Books
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 229 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 438072 ISBN: 9780062268129
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 School stories
 Family life -- Wisconsin -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Wisconsin -- Fiction

Price: $19.81

Summary:
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 161077
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 61586

Awards:
 Newbery Honor, 2014

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/13)
   School Library Journal (+) (07/01/13)
   Booklist (07/01/13)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/13)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/09/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2013 Gr 1–3—The beginning of a new school year brings anxious moments for Billy Miller, a typical second grader at Georgia O'Keeffe Elementary School in a small Wisconsin town. His new teacher, Ms. Silver, uses chopsticks to hold her hair in place and know-it-all Emma Sparks is unfortunately one of his desk mates. Just as a school year is divided into quarters, the book is divided into four parts-"Teacher," "Father," "Sister," and "Mother"-each offering a new perspective on Billy's personality and development through his interactions with these well-developed characters. He begins the school year with a lump on his head from a family-vacation incident and navigates glitter homework fiascos, canceled sleepover plans, and sibling annoyances as readers see the year unfold through funny and often poignant situations. Billy himself might have been daunted by a book with more than 200 pages, but eager young readers will find this a great first chapter book to share or read solo.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2013 Billy Miller is starting second grade, and though his teacher, Mrs. Silver, tells the class it is the Year of the Rabbit, Billy’s father tells him it will be the Year of Billy Miller. Billy isn’t sure. He’s even more worried when he gets off on the wrong foot his first day, but as the months go on, Billy begins to shine. There are some wonderful moments here: when Billy brings his teacher silver items—coins, a paper clip, a little rabbit—to show her he’s a nice boy; when he agonizes over how to tell his father that Papa is a babyish name; and a triumphant ending when poetry and self-confidence intertwine. But the school year also seems rushed, and some intriguing characters, like the annoying Emma, are barely touched. Harkening back to writers of an earlier era, like Eleanor Estes, Henkes never compromises his language. Words like replicated, diligently, and frustrated appear—and that’s on just one page. Since this is so age specific, older readers might pass it by. That would be too bad, because this is a story with a lot of heart and sweet insights into growing up. Illustrations unseen. High-Demand Backstory: There’s no more versatile producer of children’s books working today than Henkes. Libraries, with great justification, are always interested in what he’s up to now. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

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