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About Maureen Straka
Maureen is a reading teacher from Northeast PA where she lives with her husband, two sons, and her dog Griff. She is a member of the SCBWI and has stories published in Stories for Children Magazine, Spider, and Clubhouse Jr. Magazine.
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And Kat is terrified of the dark!
When the McGuire brothers visit Kat’s family at the lake house, they start calling her that terrible name again...Fraidy Kat. And her big sister doesn’t even try to help because she’s too busy making googly eyes at Jeremy! So, with the help of her cat, Midnight, Kat plans the ultimate revenge.
Now who's afraid?
Will Alex find the courage to do the right thing and stand up for the new kid? And can he survive middle school on his own?
He'll soon learn that friendship can be found in the most unlikely places.
It's the summer before Alex starts middle school and he and his best friend Luke have a list of things to accomplish before vacation ends. Alex doesn't want to camp out at Dead Man's Curve, but he doesn't want to look like a chicken either. Will they be able to complete the list before summer is over? Or will something spooky foil their plans?
With Emily paying so much attention to Luke, Alex can’t help but feel second best. And why is Luke being so mean to Simon and TJ? Alex feels like he's caught in the middle between his friends.
To make matters worse, Danielle is running a preschool camp and expects Alex to help out. And soon they’ll be taking a trip to the amusement park where The Drop of Fear awaits. Alex is terrified to ride it, but he doesn't want to look like a big chicken.
Can this summer vacation be saved?
How can they take away something that brings such happiness to a kid? A snow day is right up there with Christmas, Halloween, and the Tooth Fairy. What's next? Would they ban ice cream?
Alex is sure that a virtual snow day will be a total bummer, until he finds a way to beat the system. When Alex's plan backfires, he is left with a virtual disaster!
Alex Baker continues his wild ride through middle school.
When TJ and Danielle both decide to run for class president, Alex finds himself stuck in the middle. How can he choose between his cousin and his best friend?
Then Alex discovers that TJ is dealing with a serious problem at home, and he wonders if he should tell someone or just mind his own business.
Will Alex find the courage to do the right thing? And will the class survive this election?
This book is a continuation of The New Kid Series- Funny middle school chapter books dealing with family and friendship.