Cover image for Jelly Bean / by Cynthia Lord ; illustrated by Erin McGuire.
Jelly Bean / by Cynthia Lord ; illustrated by Erin McGuire.


Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
125 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
No pets are allowed in the apartment where Suzannah and her family live, so she volunteers at a local pet shelter and plays with the dogs and cats there--but when a child whose family is moving brings in her pet guinea pig, Jelly Bean, Suzannah promises that she will find him the perfect home.
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1 Bob Harkins Branch LOR Paperback Junior Animals Fiction
2 Bob Harkins Branch LOR Paperback Junior Animals Fiction

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A delightful new illustrated chapter book series by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord.

Suzannah's always wanted a pet of her own, but she lives in an apartment where there are absolutely no pets allowed. What she CAN do is volunteer at a local pet shelter. There, although she's the youngest, Suzannah quickly finds herself making friends with the kids and bonding with the animals. She makes toys and treats for the animals. She feeds the cats and plays with the puppies!

Then a girl just her age brings a guinea pig named Jelly Bean to the shelter. Suzannah promises that she'll find the little creature the perfect home. But what if no one wants an abandoned guineapig?

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord has created a fun and heartwarming chapter books series.

Author Notes

CYNTHIA LORD is the award-winning author of Rules , a Newbery Honor and Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance and Touch Blue . She made her picture book debut with Hot Rod Hamster , which won several awards including the Parents' Choice Award, and followed it with the beloved sequel Happy Birthday, Hamster . She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at .

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Horn Book Review

Second-grade animal lover Suzannah cannot have a pet in her apartment, so she spends time volunteering at a local shelter. When guinea pig Jelly Bean is left there, Suzannah and her new friends spring into action. A predictable plot with unnecessary explanatory passages make this series-starter both easy to understand and dull. Sweet half-tone illustrations and appended activities and facts are included. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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