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The Year of Billy Miller
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Things to know about Billy Miller:He's worried about 2nd gradeHe thinks bats are coolHis little sister is annoyingHe had a spectacular accident this summerHe doesn't like poetry muchHis dad makes...
Things to know about Billy Miller:He's worried about 2nd gradeHe thinks bats are coolHis little sister is annoyingHe had a spectacular accident this summerHe doesn't like poetry muchHis dad makes...
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  • Things to know about Billy Miller:

    • He's worried about 2nd grade

    • He thinks bats are cool

    • His little sister is annoying

    • He had a spectacular accident this summer

    • He doesn't like poetry much

    • His dad makes really good cookies

    • Ned is his best friend

    • His mom likes rainy days

    • He thinks Emma Sparks is a pain

    • He can run really fast

    • This is his year

 

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  • Kevin Henkes is the award-winning creator of many books for children, including the Caldecott Medal Book Kitten's First Full Moon, the Caldecott and Geisel Honor Book Waiting, the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean, and several best-selling books about mice, including Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and Chrysanthemum.

    www.kevinhenkes.com

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  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Dan Bittner's youthful sounding voice and subtle style fit this story about 7-year-old Billy Miller. Author Kevin Henkes has written a gentle, low-key chapter book about a boy's emotions as he faces everyday problems. Will Billy's second-grade teacher think he's smart enough? Will his "Papa" be hurt if Billy calls him "Dad"? Is Billy brave enough to read his poem in front of an audience? The stories are sweet and sometimes deeply touching (especially for an adult listener). The intelligent writing uses some sophisticated vocabulary and dramatizes some complex emotional concepts. Bittner reads effortlessly and with enthusiasm, complementing the charming story. M.M.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 8, 2013
    It’s the Year of the Rabbit, according to Billy Miller’s new second-grade teacher. It’s also the year of several dilemmas for the boy, including the fear he might “start forgetting things” due to bumping his head while on vacation over the summer. Then there’s the habitat diorama that Billy is assigned—the bat cave he creates doesn’t turn out quite like he’d hoped. Henkes’s (Junonia) gentle slice-of-life novel, divided into four sections, humorously examines these and other plights while capturing the essence of Billy’s relationships with four significant figures in his life: his teacher (who he accidentally insults on the first day of school); his stay-at-home, struggling-artist father; his sometimes annoying, sometimes endearing three-year-old sister; and his mother, about whom Billy must compose a poem to be presented at the end of the school year. Each segment introduces a new conflict that Billy manages to resolve without too much fuss or torment. The book’s clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal. Ages 8–12.

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