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   September, 2014
 The Missing Pieces of Me

More than anything, Weezie wants to please her momma. She babysits her spoiled half-sister, Ruth Ann, and little Jackson. She makes tea for Momma in Gramma Emmeline's beautiful teapot. She even tries to cook dinner. But nothing turns out quite right. Momma is never pleased.

If only Weezie could find her daddy, she's sure her life would be happier. Tired of making up stories about a father who ran off before she was born, Weezie teams up with her bike-riding buddy, Calvin, and new friend, Louella, to find her mysterious missing father. Does he drive a truck? Sing country and western songs? Why, her real daddy might even be better than the made-up daddy she's been telling lies about in school! Now all she has to do is find him.

"This is the poignant story of sensitive Weezie, who is growing up in an 1980's Oklahoman trailer park with an overworked and unloving Momma....Van Leeuwen beautifully balances dialogue with action and the internal narrative of her heroine to create a forward-moving tale that will carry readers along, feeling alternately sad and proud for Weezie all the way...."
-School Library Journal
(starred review)

"Weezie's earnest attempts to find her father without her mother's cooperation and her persistent efforts to be a better person are touchingly revealed through her candid narration. Strong secondary characters round out the portrayal of small-town life in Oklahoma....This tightly written chapter book has just the right amount of pathos for middle-grade readers."
-Kirkus Reviews

The Missing Pieces of Me

   Published, March, 2012
 Five Funny Bunnies

MEET THE BUNNIES. There's bossy big sister, Flossie. The twins, Homer and Henry, always on the go. Little George. He loves trucks and tricks. And messy, but much-loved, Baby Sadie. She's small, but does that stop her? No way!

Whether trying to outdo each other or cheering one another on, making the most of an unexpected mishap, or coping with a big-sister-in-charge, these high-spirited bunnies will hop, pop, twirl, and leap—right into your heart.

"Three interlinked short stories about a big rabbit family add up to a satisfying whole with humorous plots, witty text and utterly charming illustrations...The text is masterfully paced, with just the right combination of drama, action and dialogue, spiced with a droll sense of humor....This fresh and funny look at family life will have both children and adults chuckling."
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Five Funny Bunnies

 Amanda Pig and the Wiggly Tooth

Amanda Pig has her very first wiggly tooth! That means she will soon have her very first visit from the Tooth Fairy. So Amanda wiggles her tooth on the playground. She wiggles it during reading. She wiggles it on the bus. But her tooth will not come out.

Amanda and her family try lots of things to make her tooth fall out. Nothing works, until Amanda decides not to think about it. Then one day, the tooth is gone. Where can it be? How will the Tooth Fairy come if Amanda's lost tooth is really lost?

"The story expresses Amanda's worries, fears, and curiosity with a certain wry humor that is reflected in the cheerful, intensely colorful artwork. Sure to be a favorite, this title from the Oliver and Amanda series details the ups and downs of a childhood rite of passage."
-ALA Booklist

Amanda Pig and the Wiggly Tooth

 Chicken Soup

Mrs. Farmer had taken out the big pot, and that means she's making chicken soup. All the chickens must run and hide! But Little Chickie—sniff!—has a cold in her beak. Everywhere she hides, she sneezes—achoo!—and Mr. Farmer follows in his heavy boots. CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP!

Join Little Chickie's topsy-turvy tour around the farm in this tale of comic misunderstandings from the perfectly matched mother-and-son team of Jean Van Leeuwen and David Gavril. An instant read-aloud favorite.

"A marvel of suspense and silliness, this convoluted story begins with a misunderstanding and ends with a satisfying sneeze.... Slapstick humor abounds. . . A kid-pleasing read-aloud."
-Publishers Weekly

Nominated for the Arkansas Diamond Book Award.

Chicken Soup

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