Itâ€™s the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didnâ€™t get the teacher he wanted, heâ€™s not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesnâ€™t seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, heâ€™s lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he canâ€™t tell anyone, because technically heâ€™s too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?Â Here is third grade in all its complicated gloryâ€”the friendships, the fears, and the advanced math. Acclaimed author Rachel Vail captures third grade with a perfect pitch, and Matthew Cordellâ€™s line art is both humorous and touching. As Justin bravely tries to step out of his shell, he will step into readersâ€™ hearts.Â Justin Case is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.