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The Year of Billy Miller Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Henkes, Kevin
ISBN: 0062268147     ISBN-13: 9780062268143
Publisher: Greenwillow
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2015
Annotation: Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Schools; Fiction.
Family life; Wisconsin; Fiction.
Humorous stories.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2015020822
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 5.00" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs) 229 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 161077
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 3.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q61586
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 7.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Billy Miller starts off on the wrong foot with his second-grade teacher; his seat isn't next to his best friend; and he worries he may not be smart enough for school. Henkes divides his nuanced novel into four parts, each with a focus on someone in Billy's life: Teacher, Father, Sister, Mother. Together they offer a vivid portrait of a boy coming into his confidence.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #5)
Billy Miller is having a momentous year, beginning with a tumble over a guardrail (resulting in a minor bump and major worry) and proceeding with a stream of second-grade Sturm und Drang. He gets off on the wrong foot with Ms. Silver; his seat isn't next to his best friend, Ned; and he worries he may not be smart enough for school. Henkes divides the novel into four parts, each with a focus on someone in Billy's life: Teacher, Father, Sister, Mother. Individual episodes shine an intimate light on the special relationships they consider, and taken together they offer a vivid yet secure portrait of a boy coming into his confidence. Henkes peppers the goings-on with early-elementary details -- little sister Sal "helps" Billy with his bat diorama, bedecking it with glitter -- giving both problems and solutions a familiar resonance. And he threads the symmetrical structure with an abundance of pattern, in small ways ("It was the first day of second grade. . .") and large, adding hallmarks of the changing seasons to the four sections, creating a comfortable rhythm perfectly suited to young readers. The large typeface, open layout, generous white space, and frequent spot illustrations add to the book's accessibility. Nuanced and human, this quiet novel takes aim squarely at the everyday difficulties of a specific segment of growing up and finds its mark with tender precision. thom barthelmess Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 July #2)

It's the Year of the Rabbit, according to Billy Miller's new second-grade teacher. It's also the year of several dilemmas for the boy, including the fear he might "start forgetting things" due to bumping his head while on vacation over the summer. Then there's the habitat diorama that Billy is assigned—the bat cave he creates doesn't turn out quite like he'd hoped. Henkes's (Junonia) gentle slice-of-life novel, divided into four sections, humorously examines these and other plights while capturing the essence of Billy's relationships with four significant figures in his life: his teacher (who he accidentally insults on the first day of school); his stay-at-home, struggling-artist father; his sometimes annoying, sometimes endearing three-year-old sister; and his mother, about whom Billy must compose a poem to be presented at the end of the school year. Each segment introduces a new conflict that Billy manages to resolve without too much fuss or torment. The book's clear structure, concrete images, and just-challenging-enough vocabulary are smartly attuned to emerging readers, and its warmth, relatable situations, and sympathetic hero give it broad appeal. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 July)
Gr 1–3—The beginning of a new school year brings anxious moments for Billy Miller, a typical second grader at Georgia O'Keeffe Elementary School in a small Wisconsin town. His new teacher, Ms. Silver, uses chopsticks to hold her hair in place and know-it-all Emma Sparks is unfortunately one of his desk mates. Just as a school year is divided into quarters, the book is divided into four parts-"Teacher," "Father," "Sister," and "Mother"-each offering a new perspective on Billy's personality and development through his interactions with these well-developed characters. He begins the school year with a lump on his head from a family-vacation incident and navigates glitter homework fiascos, canceled sleepover plans, and sibling annoyances as readers see the year unfold through funny and often poignant situations. Billy himself might have been daunted by a book with more than 200 pages, but eager young readers will find this a great first chapter book to share or read solo.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.