Second Grade Holdout (Hardcover)

Second Grade Holdout By Audrey Vernick, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Audrey Vernick, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
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Second grade? Pfff! No, thanks.

The comically anxious narrator in this book thought that first grade had its problems, but overall it was pretty awesome. He'll take grade one over grade two any day, thank you very much! Especially because he and Tyler, his best friend, will not be in the same class this school year. On top of that, Tyler's sisters have been feeding the boys a steady stream of rumors about the horrors of second grade. Luckily they catch on that just maybe some of those stories are not one hundred percent true.

Could it be that second grade is not so bad? Find out in this laugh-out-loud story that has more than its fair share of heart.

About the Author

Audrey Vernick is author of several novels and many picture books, including Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team. She lives with her family near the ocean in New Jersey. Visit her online at and on Twitter @yourbuffalo.

Matthew Cordell has illustrated many picture and chapter books for children including Wolf in the Snow, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives with his wife and their two children outside of Chicago, Illinois. Visit him online at and on Twitter @cordellmatthew.

Praise For…

"Funny and relatable, this book book will make kids laugh out loud."—The Washington Post   "A new look at an age-old fact: change is hard but maybe not as hard as what one might imagine." —Kirkus   "Cordell’s scraggly cartooning expertly channels the narrator’s nervousness (and Tyler’s sisters’ mischievousness), and although Vernick ends on an encouraging note, she keeps the anxiety-fueled jokes coming until nearly the last page." —Publishers Weekly   "Vernick introduces a problem familiar to a certain personality type (“I wish everything could just stay the way it was”) and allows readers to recognize, and maybe even laugh at, themselves."—Horn Book   "Vernick gives a deft twist of humor to real anxieties about competence, growth, and change, and the sibling dynamic is both authentic and funny... Audiences will be tickled by the narrator’s attempted evasion, and they may enjoy coming up with some school whoppers of their own." —Bulletin

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544876811
ISBN-10: 0544876814
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: July 4th, 2017
Pages: 32
Language: English