A Case of the Meanies

In A Case of the Meanies, mean boy Joshua continues to plague Stella when he decides to have a birthday party at her parents' candy store. He invites everyone in the class EXCEPT her! Stella has to figure out how to be a pleasant hostess when she's not on the guest list. It's just another day in the life of Stella Batts!

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey FIC
Lexile 630L
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Guided Reading Level N
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585361984), Paperback (9781585361991), PDF (9781627531030), Hosted ebook (9781627535038)
Copyright 2013, 2014
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions 5.5 x 7.5

Jeanbooknerd.com Reviews "Stella Batts: A Case of the Meanies"

The fourth installment in Courtney Sheinmel’s Stella Batts series, A Case of the Meanies, continues the heated story between third graders Stella and Joshua. Their rivalry steps it up a notch when Joshua decides to have his birthday party at Stella’s parent’s candy store. And of course, Stella is not invited. Now she has to pretend to be a nice hostess.

Readers will instantly fall in love with the story. Although there are many times it went wrong for Stella, readers will rejoice during her moments of triumph. Older readers will love how author Courtney is able to transport their minds back to a time when things were much simpler. Her writing style is appreciative to how it reminds us how it was like to be a kid and just how big the world is.

Stella’s predicaments can be a metaphor to a lot of adolescent problems. Her reactions to them felt like the inner workings of an eight-year-old. Courtney has delivered a very cute and fun story that was the perfect setting for laughs and giggles. Although it is intended for middle graders, there are a lot of elements that are enjoyable for all ages. Courtney’s storytelling technique is amazing and puts a smile on your face. Stella Batts: A Case of the Meanies is another great addition to the series and I’m sure subsequent installments can only be better.

Author: Courtney Sheinmel

Courtney Sheinmel is a recovering attorney, chocolate-lover, mac and cheese expert, and the author of over a dozen highly celebrated books for kids and teens, including the young readers’ Stella Batts series, the middle grade Kindness Club series, and the young adult novel, Edgewater. In addition to writing, Courtney served as a judge on the national level for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and she received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization serving kids ages 8 to 18. Courtney lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter at @courtneywrites, on Instagram at courtneysheinmel, or on her website at www.courtneysheinmel.com.

Illustrator: Jennifer A. Bell

Jennifer A. Bell is a children's book and greeting card illustrator, and studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design. After several years of living in Minneapolis, she recently relocated to Toronto.

  • Prologue
  • Story Ingredients
  • After School
  • Stella Superhero
  • The Idea
  • What Happens When You Try to Kill 'em With Kindness
  • Stamp of Approval
  • Don't Scratch Your Nose
  • All My Fault
  • Stella Superhero (Again)
  • Chocolate Twenty-Dollar Bills
  • Bonus