THE BRAND NEW KID
By Katie Couric. Ellie is excited and nervous about her first day of school-new class, new friends, new teacher-until she meets the new kid, Lazlo. Taunted and teased because of his different looks and language, Lazlo is doomed to become an outcast, but Ellie reaches out to him. The two become friends over an afternoon of fun, games, and strudel, and they are able teach other students an important lesson on acceptance, tolerance, and courage. Grades 3–6. Illustrated. 8" x 10". Doubleday. 32 pages. ©2000.