The Mighty Quinn


by Robyn Parnell, Illustrated by Katie & Aaron DeYoe

In the chaos of fifth grade, just what does it take to be mighty?

Quinn Andrews-Lee feels anything but mighty, and faces a dismal school year. His little sister outshines him athletically and socially, and he yearns for a service award his peers disdain. Not to mention charismatic bigot Matt Barker's goal in life is to torment Quinn and lure his friends to the dark side. When Quinn reports an act of vandalism, he finds himself accused of injuring Matt. Neally Standwell, a free-spirited new kid in Quinn's class, helps Quinn deduce who hurt Matt, but Matt would probably die—and would definitely lie—before admitting the truth.
Through events both comical and poignant, Quinn and Neally solve the mystery just as everything seems to go wrong and manage to thwart a bully without becoming one in turn. And at the end of the day, the fabled ability to belch the entire alphabet might very possibly trump any award ever presented at Turner Creek School.

Book comes complete with discussion questions and activities.

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5.5" x 8.25"

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Publication Date

May 14, 2013


“Bullying, competition, hot and cold friendships, male and female peer role models, and comic relief are just a few of the 10 year old issues presented in the fun and fast moving plot pages for this humorous chapter book. Comic black and white illustrations decorate chapter beginnings and endings, and a comic portrait gallery of the cast of characters aids in fast comprehension. Who would believe the healing power of an ability to belch the alphabet? A suspenseful plot and precise sleuthing sells the story and teaches that Turner Creek School rocks and so does The Mighty Quinn!” — Midwest Book Review

“A new classmate helps fifth-grader Quinn Andrews-Lee re-evaluate longtime friendships and stand up to a bully. …For her first middle-grade novel, set in Hillsboro, Ore., where she lives, Parnell creates interesting child and adult characters and confronts them with serious issues, including child abuse, care for the environment, ethics and even skin color. Matt’s and Neally’s families demonstrate the contrast between values taken from religious beliefs and those coming from a sense of social justice. …it will certainly provide food for thought. …it’s one of the few books for the audience that discusses the possibility of not practicing a religion. (Fiction. 9-12)” — Kirkus Reviews

“The themes touch on bullying, tolerance, and conservation, but the most engaging element of the novel is its characters. If you have experienced the fifth grade in any way, i.e., student, parent, grandparent, or teacher, you will recognize all the signs of that age group in the book’s characters. …Young readers of The Mighty Quinn will enjoy the drama, the victories, the humor, and the surprising conclusion. Adults will applaud the themes that are so timely in every American classroom.” — Compass Book Ratings

“…Parnell neatly weaves ideas about social justice and acceptance into her first middle-grade novel. Neally is a shade too confident to be believed, but her lack of conformity and faith in her own beliefs are welcome. The DeYoes’ cartoon spot illustrations bring a cheerful touch to this thought-provoking read.” — Publishers Weekly

“An absolutely delightful read and such memorable characters! Tweens will identify with both Quinn and Neally and will still be thinking about them long after they close the book.” — Sandra McLeod Humphrey, Retired Clinical Psychologist and Children’s Author

“Mom was excited to hear about this book that tackles such an important issue in a light-hearted way. Bullies are a big issue for kids, and they can use all the help they can get to deal with bullying behavior AND avoid being the bully.” — MommySecrets blog (a kid’s perspective)

“…a delightful story of life in the fifth grade. …filled with great questions at the end to help facilitate discussion of some very relevant topics for fifth graders to think about and talk over.” — Reader’s Haven Reviews (blog)