Sarah Jane Hartwell and her class are back. After the stress of her last attempt at taking her class on a field trip (seen in First Year Letters), Mrs. Hartwell has a plan for an upcoming trip to the zoo—a plan that includes a lot of rules. Her students prove that they can line up straight, walk quietly, and take plenty of notes, but everyone soon realizes that this field trip isn’t as much fun as they’d hoped. Mrs. Hartwell rethinks her plan and saves the day.
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Julie Danneberg became a teacher. In her classroom, she read many children’s books and witnessed the profound impact a good book can have on a child. “I was motivated to try and write books like the ones I enjoy reading.” Julie earned great success with First Day Jitters–the funny and engaging story of Sarah Jane Hartwell’s first day at a new school. The surprise ending charms and delights readers time and again. Teachers and students alike love these stories, and they are perennial favorites for back-to-school. Julie lives with her husband and two children in Denver. She teaches at a local middle school where she garners ideas for her books. When she’s not writing, Julie enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, and spending time with her family. Judy Love is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. She has illustrated numerous children’s books, including First Day Jitters and Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg. She lives in North Carolina.