New Kid in School (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series)

New Kid in School (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series)

by Ruth McNally Barshaw


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Moving to a new house? Bad. Being the new kid? Worse.

Ellie's family is moving to a new town, and Ellie is sure she won't fit in at school. The other kids play "new kid bingo" behind her back, and even the teachers can't seem to remember her name. But when her new classmates start complaining about long lunch lines (and bad food), Ellie jumps at the chance to lead a protest. And tackling the school cafeteria just might be the perfect way to make new friends!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619631748
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 189,044
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ruth McNally Barshaw, lifelong writer and artist, has worked in the advertising field, illustrated for newspapers, and won numerous essay-writing contests. She lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her family. Visit her at

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New Kid in School 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ellie McDougal is the new kid in school. She had to leave her happy life behind when her family moved to a new town, and she is sure that her new home cannot possibly measure up. Little by little she begins to adjust, first by settling in at home with her new room, and then by spending time at the local library, where she finds books comforting and familiar.

She is especially nervous about fitting in at school. The other kids tease her, and no one can get her name right. But spunky Ellie does not stay down for long. Her classmates need an advocate to stand up to the principal, and it turns out that Ellie is just the kid for the job. In fact, she meets a number of challenges throughout this story and handles each one head-on, coming up with passionate yet reasoned solutions, and enacting positive change.

Author/illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw has created something special with this character and with this format. Part novel, part journal, part comic book, Barshaw's unique style of sketch-journaling is a treat. The illustrations tell the story as much as the words, creating a lively, interactive narrative. You won't just read about Ellie's first day at school; you'll go to school with her and see everything through her eyes.

What's best about Ellie is her sense of humor. Occasionally she will pause in her narrative to share a joke, or to let us in on dinner at the McDougal house and all of the warm-hearted shenanigans her family participates in together.

Ellie may struggle with the common problem of starting over, but what sets her apart from other heroines is how she handles her problems. When she isn't happy with her new bedroom situation, she doesn't just complain to her parents or mope about it in her journal; instead she proposes a solution that will make every member of her family happy. Best of all, her parents allow her to take responsibility for herself, in ways that are loving and supportive, but also non-intrusive, so that Ellie can learn from her own experiences.

The book includes bonus features, such as an interview with Barshaw that she conducted in her signature sketch-journal style. There are even instructions on how to make a sketch-journal of your own, and there are tips on how to sketch, and how to draw comics.
jeunlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ellie McDoodle doesn't like the idea of having new house, going to new school and making new friends. There was a big problem with the long lunch line and bad lunch food in the King Elementary School and that helped Ellie make new friends. This story was fun because it was diary form and it fits with this story.
psong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about Ellie had to move a new town and new school. She was very sad, because she need to left her very pretty room and her friends. When she arrived the new town she was excited. Day by day Ellie meet some new friend and new hiding places. Then Ellie in the school was very excited but everyone just say " Hey here is the new girl!" But after all she was very happy, because now she have lots of friends and nobody teasing her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book in sketch format. I loved the characters and plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My almost-8-year-old daughter loves this book! She got it from the public library and has read it again and again and again. She literally sat on the sofa all evening reading this book (again). I am buying her more books from the series for Christmas. While the library is great for lots of books, this is one to buy so that they can read it again when ever they want!
WritingReader More than 1 year ago
This is one of my daughter's number one favorite series for reading again and again! She likes it so much that she has even chosen it as a birthday gift for a friend. It was also one of her younger sister's first chapter books, because lots of pictures makes for easy reading. It is similar in format to WIMPY KID, but all of my kids - including my son - like these books better. Not only are there great illustrations and a good story, but the rules for numerous groups games for kids are given as a part of the story.