Everybody Needs a Buddy

by James Preller

The Big Idea Gang is buddying up on a new idea for a more welcoming playground in this chapter book series about making a case--and making a difference--by the author of Jigsaw Jones.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9781328857194
  • ISBN-10: 1328857190
  • Pages: 96
  • Publication Date: 01/29/2019
  • Carton Quantity: 48

About the book

The Big Idea Gang is back at it in this exciting new chapter book series on how to make a claim and back it up, by the author of Jigsaw Jones! 



It's pirate ship vs. buddy bench! 


When third-graders Deon, Kym, Lizzy, and Connor formed the Big Idea Gang, their mission was simply to oust the old mascot in favor of something cooler. But sales from the new mascot paraphernalia have led to extra cash for the PTA, and you can bet this gang has big ideas about how to spend it. A playground pirate ship! An author visit! New basketball hoops! Luckily, their teacher, Miss Zips, is skilled in the art of persuasion. Armed with Miss Zips's persuasive tips, the Big Idea Gang sets out to build a case for a new-and-improved Clay Elementary, and convince the rest of the school that their idea is the best.

About the author
James Preller

James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies. He is also the author of Bystander, named a 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection, Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book, and the Scary Tales series of mystery-horror stories for children. James lives in Delmar, New York with his wife, three children, cats, and dog. Visit him at www.jamespreller.com.


"Preller addresses topics such as kindness, activism, immigration, community involvement, and the dangers of gossip in an approachable way for a young audience...Perfect for kids not quite ready for Wonder."--School Library Journal