Maggie Schultz is starting third-grade, and after some teasing by her parents, she decides that she will not learn cursive. However, what starts more as a dare turns complicated when Maggie (who is normally a good student) realizes that she cannot read cursive, and her classmates are making fun of her. Just as Maggie is not sure how she will get out of her self-caused predicament without losing face, her teacher comes up with a clever way of having her learn cursive without confronting Maggie directly about it, or causing embarrassment to her. This short book is cleverly written because it is about learning to read and write cursive (or rather not to want to do it), and since there is cursive writing in the book, that actually encourages readers to learn how to read cursive. The “third-grade girl” of the dedication (see “Common Knowledge”) got the book she was asking for. The decision Maggie makes at the beginning of the book, and the difficulties that ensue for her (and her parents and teacher) are realistically portrayed, and young readers will find in Maggie an authentic character they can identify with. They will also empathize with her struggles to learn cursive when she has finally understood the importance of it. The illustrations are not the best around, but they do give specific ideas about what the characters look like (at least, from the illustrator’s point of view), and they depict scenes from the book, which can help with comprehension if needed. Recommended for grades 3 (or any grade that children start learning cursive writing) to 5.