Sunday, October 28, 2007

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm and Elicia Castaldi

I recommend this book for: grade 5 -8

This book is so cool! Ginny is in 7th grade and experiencing a period of changes: her mother is getting remarried and her older brother is on his way to becoming a juvenile delinquent, just to name a few of the major problems. The story is, as implied in the title, entirely told through "stuff": notes Ginny and various members of the family leave for each other, receipts from stores, bank statements, newspaper clippings, correspondence from school, IMs with friends, and entries from Ginny's journal all mesh together to tell the story. The pages are all put together in interesting ways and colorful, fun to look at and take in all of the details. One of my personal favorites was the English composition Ginny writes about a big change in her life - the advent of a stepfather, and how his presence makes her brothers think it's okay to leave the toilet seat up. Her perspective is witty and her bad luck is funny but makes it easy to sympathize with her. A great choice for reluctant readers or those who just want something quick and fun.

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