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Libby's Got the Beat

by (author) Robert Rayner

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2010
Parents, School & Education
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2010
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 4
  • Reading age: 8 to 12


Fans of Canadian Idol, Camp Rock, and High School Musical will delight in reading this super funny story of eleven-year-old Libby Meek and her plans for superstardom!

The only thing standing in Libby's way is her school's low provincial test results. With all extra-curricular activities put on hold so the students can retake the test, Libby and her friends set out to prove the value of staging a concert by applying real-life situations to classroom learning.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.4


About the author

A former elementary school principal, school district consultant, teacher and journalist, in England, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick, Robert Rayner now spends his time writing and teaching music. He is the author of three adult novels, nine young adult novels, and three teen novels. His stories have been shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Children’s Literature Prize and (four times) for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, and five of them have been included in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre annual ‘Best Books’ list. He lives on the Magaguadavic River in St. George, New Brunswick.

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  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Childrens Choice Book Award

Editorial Reviews

"Libby's Got the Beat is an impressive novel ... Rayner's characters are well described and are believable, typical middle grade students... The dialogue is also realistic." Highly Recommended.

Grade 6 teacher in Norway House, MB

"Light, easy to read, and filled with humour."

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