Justine McKeen vs. the Queen of Mean

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Orca Book Publishers
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.0 pounds

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About the Author

Sigmund Brouwer is the award-winning author of over 100 books for young readers, with close to 4 million books in print. He has won the Christy Book of the Year and an Arthur Ellis Award, as well as being nominated for two TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards and the Red Maple Award. For years, Sigmund has captivated students with his Rock & Roll Literacy Show and Story Ninja program during his school visits, reaching up to 80,000 students per year. His many books in the Orca Sports and Orca Currents lines have changed the lives of countless striving readers. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta.
Dave Whamond is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist of over 30 books. He won the Blue Spruce award for both My Think-a-ma-jink and Oddrey as well as the Silver Birch award for Secret Agent Y.O.U. His work has appeared in publications such as Wall Street Journal, OWL, MacLeans, Reader's Digest and National Geographic. Dave lives in Calgary.


"In his series of Justine McKeen books, Sigmund Brouwer introduces readers to the likeable, determined character of Justine who is passionate about taking care of her environment...Illustrations by Dave Whamond every three to four pages help to confirm understanding for young readers. At the end of the book, author Brouwer suggests apps and websites for observing wildlife in its natural environment."--CM Magazine
"For her latest project, activist Justine tries to organize a student-run species count. But first she must convince new student and bully Savannah that caring for the environment matters. The plot provides a framework for explaining species interconnectivity, and the back matter includes links to apps and websites for science observers...The abundant humor keeps the tale quick and readable. Short chapters, plentiful black-and-white illustrations, and Justine's indeterminate age make the book suitable for older, struggling readers."--Booklist
"The story carries through conflict, misunderstandings, humorous moments, and some soul searching to a happy conclusion. Along the way, interesting nature tidbits are deftly inserted in the story...The illustrations by Dave Whamond are cartoonish and light-hearted and accent the humorous aspects of the story. This book is highly recommended for both school and public libraries. Although it is sixth in a series it can be read as a stand-alone story. However once readers are introduced to Justine and her friends, they will want to read the other five books."--Resource Links