Kirby Larson is coming back to the Readings Gallery! This time she'll present the first book in a brand new early chapter series, Shermy & Shake, The Not-So-Nice Neighbor. Don't miss it!
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Will summer break be a drag or a blast for meticulous Shermy when rambunctious Shake moves in next door? From Newbery Honor recipient Kirby Larson comes a bighearted chapter book about two boys' friendship.
When a new kid comes to stay with his grandmother at the house next door, Shermy's plans for a quiet, relaxing summer are completely upended. That's because Shake is nothing like Shermy. And Shermy is nothing like Shake. Shermy likes to read quietly in the shade of a tree. He knows the proper way to do a puzzle. He collects treasures in the pouch he wears around his neck, and the books on his shelves are alphabetized by author. Shake likes to play street hockey or space explorers. He gobbles up rocket ice pops and Toaster Tarts. He shows up unannounced and plays board games by his own rules. As the two boys are forced to spend more and more time together, will they learn how to get along? Or will it be one long countdown until Shake goes home? Kirby Larson teams up with debut illustrator Shinji Fujioka to create a humorous and heartfelt ode to summer--and to unexpected friendships.
Kirby Larson — Sehome High and WWU grad -- is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky, and the Dogs of WWII series, among other titles. Her distinctions include Bank Street College Best Books, American Booksellers Association Best Books, ALA Notables, New York Public Library Best Book, Junior Library Guild selections and an Edgar Award nomination; in addition, her books have garnered 37 state Young Readers Choice awards. Kirby and her husband live in Kenmore Washington with a very naughty dog named Raleigh.