Maryellen: One and Only
Maryellen Larkin wants to stand out but, with five brothers and sisters, it’s not so easy. Giving herself a haircut doesn’t go quite the way she expects—and when she draws a cartoon of her teacher on the first day of fourth grade, she draws more attention than she wants! At least her drawing skills help her make an interesting new friend. Together, they might be able to win the Geography Bee—but only if Maryellen can find a way to help her old friends get past their prejudice.
Maryellen Larkin is growing up in the 1950s. She has 5 brothers and sisters and wants to stand out and be her own person. She's a creative girl with a big imagination who dreams of being famous someday.
The One and Only is her first story (217 pp). She gives herself a haircut and it doesn't go quite as well as she hoped. Then she draws a cartoon of her teacher and gets more attention than she wants. Her drawing skills bring her a new friend. Now, if only her old friends can overcome their prejudice.
Taking Off is her second story (193 pp) and Maryellen has high hopes for her birthday. If only Wayne the Pain would leave her and friend Davy alone. Sister Joan's wedding plans hit a snag. Maryellen finds that she will need all of her friends to help with her latest invention, becoming famous, and getting Joan's wedding off the ground!
The third book, The Sky's the Limit, (193 pp) has a different take. The reader journeys into Maryellen's world. Together, you could go to a sock hop, enter a contest, or take a road trip in a shiny Airstream camper. Choose your own path through the multiple-ending story. ~ Sara
Historical fiction at its finest for girls. These books each focus on a different American girl from a particular time in American history, each with a different lifestyle, heritage, hopes, and desires. These are popular with their audiences because the girls are so easy to identify with and the stories realistically portray what life was like at that time with events, styles and culture expertly interwoven. Our girls devoured these when they were younger, and although the series has undergone some changes, the stories are still available for a whole new generation. There are two books available for each historical girl and are abridged. The softcover books are formatted like chapter books (104-110 pages) with full-color illustrations and several pages of additional historical content at the end. Please note that the series is changing from "Beforever" to newer editions with each girl's name featured more prominently on the cover and our inventory will gradually change to the new editions.