Who's in Charge

In "Who's in Charge" Stella gets a lesson in responsibility when she volunteers to watch her best friend's dog, Bella, for a few days. The only problem with this plan is that Stella didn't ask her mother for permission. With new baby Marco at home, Stella's mom already has her hands full. But Grandma agrees it's good for Stella to have some responsibility as she's getting older. It looks as though Stella has things under control. It's only for a few days--what could go wrong? When Bella gets loose and runs away, Stella is heartbroken. Will Stella find Bella before Evie gets back? And where does she even start to look? It's just another day in the life of Stella Batts! In this early chapter book series, the ups and downs of Stella's life are charmingly chronicled.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey F
Lexile 540L
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Guided Reading Level N
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585368495), Paperback (9781585368501), PDF (9781627530439), Hosted ebook (9781627535779)
Copyright 2013, 2014
Number of Pages 152
Dimensions 5.5 x 7.5
Graphics 1-color illustrations

Stella Batts Who's in Charge

Stella Batts, back to star in her fifth book, is still in the third grade, but her family has now welcomed a new baby, Marco. Her mother is totally focused on keeping the house as germfree as possible, so when Stella comes home one Friday after school with her friend Evie’s puppy to watch for a few days, her mother is less than thrilled. Everything is going well until the puppy gets loose from where she has been tied up and disappears. Fans of the series will be eager to read about Stella’s continuing adventures, while commiserating as she learns about responsibility.

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.