The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo


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Can Freddy leap past his middle-child malaise? This classic story from Judy Blume has a fresh new look!

Freddy Dissel has two problems. One is his older brother, Mike. The other is his younger sister, Ellen. That leaves Freddy in the middle, feeling like the peanut butter part of a sandwich, squeezed between two pieces of bread like a great big middle nothing.

So when Freddy hears about the school play, he knows it’s his chance to shine—even if the play is being put on by the big kids, and even if Mike says that everybody can jump. But nobody can jump quite as well as Freddy, which makes him the perfect Green Kangaroo—and the star of the show!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481411318
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 91,627
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Judy Blume, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author of Where Are My Books?. Her illustrations also appear in Sea Monkey and Bob, written by Aaron Reynolds; I’m Bored (a New York Times Notable Book) and Naked!, written by Michael Ian Black; as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles. For more info, visit or @InkyElbows on Twitter.


New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard

Date of Birth:

February 12, 1938

Place of Birth:

Elizabeth, New Jersey


B.S. in education, New York University, 1961

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One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book teaches you that it doesn't matter how small you are if you want to do something because it just matters if you have the talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the Judy Bloom book tales of a fourth grade nothing, so I think I might LOVE this book.
ColonialGirl1776 More than 1 year ago
Our 8 year old daughter is not a fan of reading. We've looked for books that might retain her interest without luck before deciding on this one. I read Judy Blume when I was a kid and thought that maybe she would enjoy it to. Not only did she READ the book, she also enjoyed it. She was thrilled by the characters and talked to us about the things she read, getting excited about it all. For kids who just don't think they will ever enjoy reading, Judy Blume is definitely an author to consider!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am the middle child and when I read this book I liked it because I felt like Freddy. When I finished reading it made me feel better.
hnebeker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being a middle child, this book would have been great for me to read as a child, but it wasn't around then:( However, reading it now was almost as deliciously validating as I imagine it would have been back then. Once again, Blume has captured the perfect description of what it's like to be a child, a dysfuncitonal, awkward, inappropriate and yet sweetly naive, child. This is a welcome addition to my Judy Blume library.
bamabreezin4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kids can relate to being an older, middle or younger child, and this book puts each position in the family in perspective.
loeb001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great intermediate book. It is about a little boy named Freddy who is the middle child, he has one older brother, in which Freddie has to wear his hand me downs, and one younger sister, who he had to give his room up for. Freddie is in second grade and wants to be apart of the fifth and sixth grade play. He is allowed to participate and gets the part of the green kangaroo, which he is no longer in the middle and finally ends up liking himself for him.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freddy Dissel is tired of being the middle child- he doesn¿t get any of the attention, and his siblings don¿t appreciate him. He comes up with a plan to do something neither of his siblings have done- be in the school play. He is the star, and suddenly he is glad to just be himself.
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