Call Me Oklahoma!
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The guide linked below was created by Debbie Gonzales, MFA. Deb is a career educator, curriculum consultant, former school administrator and adjunct professor, and once served as a SCBWI RA for the Austin Chapter. She's the author of six “transitional” readers for a New Zealand publisher and the forthcoming non-fiction picture book Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records (Charlesbridge, 2019). Deb earned her MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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Author: Miriam Glassman
Publisher: Holiday House
Synopsis: "From now on, call me Oklahoma!" Paige announces on the first day of fourth grade. She is determined that this year she will be different: someone who is gutsy—brave enough to overcome fear of thunderstorms, master terrifying flips on the highest monkey bars, conquer paralyzing stage fright, and stand up to her tormentor: class bully, Viveca Frye. It takes a lot of work for Paige to bring out her inner Oklahoma, but she's helped along the way by her best friend, her sympathetic teacher, her bratty cousin, and some hilarious but inspiring events at home and at school.