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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Random Acts

by (author) Valerie Sherrard

PRH Canada Young Readers
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Humorous Stories, Friendship, Parents
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Now in paperback, a laugh-out-loud middle-grade novel featuring three friends whose acts of kindess go terribly awry.

In the haze of a food-induced stupor, Zoey Dalton and her best friends Bean and Jenna make a pledge to begin performing random acts of kindness--anonymously. Their previous track record for altruism is pretty much a flat line, so anything they do to help others is bound to be an improvement.
Or is it?
What if the random acts of kindness are unwanted and misunderstood? What if, instead of spreading joy and good will, the trio's actions stir up trouble, wreak havoc and maybe even cause bodily harm?
That, of course, would be a different story. This story, in fact.

About the author

Valerie Sherrard first decided to become an author when she was in grade six! Her homeroom teacher that year, Mr. Alf Lower, praised and encouraged her efforts and instilled in her a lifelong belief in her ability to write. After producing about a dozen books for teens, Sherrard turned her hand to picture books. There’s a COW Under My Bed! introduces Oscar Ollie Brown, who will be embarking on his second adventure in There’s a Goldfish in my Shoe! in the fall of 2009. Since becoming a published author, Sherrard has enjoyed visiting many classrooms and libraries to speak to young people about writing, literacy, and most of all, finding and following your dreams. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Valerie has spent time in a number of provinces, including her current home of New Brunswick. She lives in Miramichi with her husband Brent and their four cats: Lilly, Thragg, Patootie and Cody.

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Editorial Reviews

"The author also achieves the difficult feat of creating authentic middle-grade voices, especially with Zoey, a protagonist who strikes a near-perfect balance between self-deprecation and awkward charm, resulting in a complicated character capable of navigating the pitfalls of her actions in an entertaining and relatable way. " -- Quill and Quire

"A very funny insightful novel about growing up that kids will love. Adults won't have any problems liking it either. -- FOUR STARS, CM Magazine

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