Just One Thing!


Just One Thing! by Nancy Viau   Drawings by Timothy Young
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5162-4
For ages: 8-12


Anthony Pantaloni needs Just One Thing!—one thing he does well, one thing that will replace the Antsy Pants nickname he got tagged with the first day of fifth grade, one GOOD thing he can “own” before moving up to middle school next year. Every kid in Carpenter Elementary has something: Marcus is Mr. Athletic, Alexis is Smart Aleck, Bethany has her horse obsession, and even Cory can stake a claim as being the toughest kid in the whole school. Ant tries lots of things but – KA-BOOM – nothing sticks! It doesn’t help that there are obstacles along the way—a baton-twirling teacher, an annoying cousin, and Dad’s new girlfriend to name a few. Just One Thing! is chock full of hilarious adventures that will keep young readers cheering for Ant until the very end.

ONE antsy 5th-grader! ONE embarrassing nickname! ONE year to change things! 


A funny NEW middle grade novel about that awesome (and awkward!) final year of elementary school.

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About the Author:

Nancy Viau is the author of Look What I Can Do! (Picture Book/Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013), Storm Song (Picture Book/Two Lions, 2013), City Street Beat(Picture Book, Albert Whitman & Co., 2014), and Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head (Middle-Grade/Abrams/Amulet Books, 2008). Her stories, poems, and activities appear in Highlights, Highlights High Five, LadybugBabybug, Hopscotch for Girls, and many other magazines. She has written dozens of Op-Ed essays for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has been a summer columnist for that newspaper. Her work has been anthologized in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Writing Group Book, and The Ultimate Mom.

Nancy has been a featured speaker at writing conferences; she has appeared on numerous panels, and has been interviewed on CN8’s Your Morning Show, WCMC Radio, and on various blogs. She is a member of The Authors Guild, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and The KidLit Authors Club, a group she started that consists of children’s book authors who bring interactive book parties to bookstores, libraries, festivals, and conferences. She is also part of an organization called Young Writers’ Day. This organization sponsors authors, illustrators, playwrights, storytellers, and song writers who present low cost programs in suburban Philadelphia classrooms.

Nancy lives in rural New Jersey with her family and one hyperactive bunny. When not glued to her computer writing or running defense for her four children, she skips out of town in search of adventure and inspiration.
Author’s website

School Visit Information

Nancy has ten years experience presenting writing workshops and assembly programs to children across the country. Whether leading hands-on writing activities in the classroom or speaking to large groups, she shares her journey to publication and educates students about the writing process using a ton of energy sprinkled with humor and enthusiasm. Nancy is also available for book discussions and interviews via Skype. Children leave her presentations inspired and ready to write. For information on programming, fees, and availability, please visit Nancy’s website.

“Nancy visited two schools and met with students from first through sixth grades. She tailored her presentation for the different grade levels, discussing her life, how she does her writing, and the elements of a great story, intertwining the three into a seamless and entertaining hour. The students were completely engaged and enthusiastic. In the weeks since Nancy’s visit, teachers have commented that Nancy’s writing tips were right on target. I highly recommend Nancy Viau!” ~ Karen DeFrank, District Librarian, Glassboro, NJ

“There has been such a great response to the 6-week Creative Writing Club. Twenty-five kids come in excited and ready to go and don’t want to leave when the hour is up. Nancy does a wonderful job engaging them in the weekly topics and encouraging them to foster their creativity. I could not be happier with the results of this program. We’re going to keep the writing going by starting a club that meets monthly.”
~ Kellie J. Large, Head Children’s Librarian, Cape May County Library, NJ