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Jelly Bean
Contributor(s): Lord, Cynthia, McGuire, Erin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0545635977     ISBN-13: 9780545635974
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: August 2014
Annotation: A debut installment in a new series by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Rules finds a girl who is not allowed to keep pets in her apartment volunteering at a local animal shelter where she helps care for an abandoned guinea pig. Simultaneous and eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Animal shelters; Juvenile fiction.
Volunteers; Juvenile fiction.
Guinea pigs; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pets
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Etc.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2014005097
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Series: Shelter Pet Squad
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.25" (0.50 lbs) 125 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 169140
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q64164
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 5.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance and A Handful of Stars. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and is the author of the Shelter Pet Squad chapter book series. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at

Erin McGuire is an illustrator currently working in Dallas, Texas. She's illustrated over fifty books across a range of middle grade and picture book projects, including Time of the Fireflies, The Real Boy, and many more.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
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.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 September)

Gr 1–3—Second-grader Suzannah longs for a pet of her own, but her building doesn't allow animals. She hesitantly joins the Shelter Pet Squad, a group of animal-loving kids who make treats and toys for the dogs, cats, and other animals at the local shelter. Suzannah adores helping out, and she and the other kids quickly become friends. When a family brings in a guinea pig, Jelly Bean, that they have to give up, Suzannah makes it her personal mission to find him a home. She manages to rescue him from becoming snake food, and with the help of the entire Shelter Pet Squad, Jelly Bean ends up with the perfect owner. Suzannah never gets a pet, but this heartwarming early chapter book reminds readers that good friends and the chance to make a positive difference are often closer than they may believe. Upbeat and relatable, this promises to be the start to a series that will win over young animal enthusiasts. Occasional black-and-white illustrations break up the text, and back matter includes instructions for making simple pet toys.—Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WI

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