Step Fourth, Mallory!

From the Series Mallory

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

It’s a new school year for Mallory and everything’s perfect! She has a new computer, a pair of just-right back-to-school shoes, and her best friend, Mary Ann, is in her class. But somehow things go from perfectly good to perfectly bad. Mallory’s first crush is the same boy Mary Ann likes—and Mary Ann gets all his attention. And even though she has the right shoes, Mallory somehow gets off on the wrong foot with her teacher, Mr. Knight. Can Mallory find a way to turn things around and put her best foot forward?

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 176
Publication Date 2009-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.5
Reading Counts! Points 6.0
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV045000, JUV035000
Dewey FIC
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.375 x 7.3125
Lexile 730
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 122717
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource



“Mallory’s first-person narrative, interspersed with emails and a transcript of her dreaded conference with Mr. Knight, convincingly portrays both her high hopes and her low spirits as she tries to find her way.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Mallory’s chatty, first-person narrative will keep readers’ interest as she tries to solve her problems, with mixed results. With the addition of e-mail messages and a touch of romance, this easy-to-read chapter book has a slightly older theme than its predecessors.”

Author: Laurie Friedman

Laurie Friedman is the author of the popular Mallory series, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, and many award-winning picture books. She lives in Florida.

Illustrator: Jennifer Kalis

Jennifer Kalis is the illustrator of several Mallory books including Mallory's Super Sleepover, Mallory in the Spotlight, and Mallory Goes Green! She lives in Ohio.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!


Meet Mallory McDonald, a spunky, energetic young girl whose comical exploits and joke-telling will hit the mark with early chapter book readers. Check out Mallory’s website at Kids can meet Mallory’s creator (author Laurie Friedman), find out fun… View available downloads →