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Justin and the best biscuits in the world
Mildred Pitts Walter ; with illustrations by Catherine Stock.
Contributor biographical information
Publisher description
New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, c1986.
122 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


Suffering in a family full of females, ten-year-old Justin feels that cleaning and keeping house are women's work until he spends time on his beloved grandfather's ranch.

Best Books:

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read, 2006 ; Cooperative Children's Book Center; United States
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson; United States

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

Coretta Scott King Book Award, 1987 Winner Author United States

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Delaware Diamonds, 2001-2002 ; Nominee; Grades 3-5; Delaware
Golden Sower Award, 1989 ; Nominee; Intermediate; Nebraska
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 1992-1993 ; Nominee; Minnesota

Curriculum Tools:

Link to Coretta Scott King curricular resources at

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader Points 3
Accelerated Vocabulary, Literacy Skills

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 3
Title Point Value 4
Lexile Measure 620


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Ten-year-old Justin lives with his mom and two older sisters and he has a problem, he can't seem to do anything right. His room is never quite as clean as his sisters and trying to cook, even an egg, seems impossible. Finally he escapes to his grandfather's ranch for a few days where his grandfather shows him the tricks of how to make his bed, wash the dishes without water everywhere and even make biscuits. Justin returns home with a new confidence in himself, but can he pull off his new found skills for his family? Category: African-American; Read Aloud; Realistic Fiction. Grade Level: Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 1986, Lothrop Lee & Shepard. Ages 9 to 12.


Sex role Fiction.
Grandfathers Fiction.
Ranch life Fiction.
Family life Fiction.
African Americans Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.W17125 Ju 1986
86007148 [Fic]
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