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Rissa Bartholomew's Declaration of Independence

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Publisher Comments:

The hilarious, heartwarming first installment in a friendship series from a fabulous new voice in middle-grade fiction.

Rissa Bartholomew didn't plan on declaring her independence from all of her friends at her own birthday party, one week before the start of middle school. But somehow, that's exactly what she did. Now she's entering sixth grade without a single friend, and she's determined to make new ones without simply following the herd.

Review:

"Clarissa 'Rissa' Bartholomew has grown weary of her family, wearing hand-me-downs from her well-to-do friend Beth and following the 'herd': her four closest friends, with whom she doesn't seem to have much in common anymore. Rissa begins middle school determined to be independent, though with her ex-friends avoiding her, she soon discovers that independence isn't all it's cracked up to be: 'In fact, I felt like I was being punished.' Debut novelist Comerford, a PW reviewer, realistically conveys Rissa's feelings, from her nervousness about becoming a teenager ('I'd lived with one.... Mary Ann was a very weepy individual, and it made me think that teen life must be pretty hard') to her compassion for unpopular nerd Brian. Rissa's narrative is peppered with humorous musings, and the supporting characters are distinctive as well (Rissa's mother feels less useful as her daughters grow up, and Rissa's friend Beth vacillates between being spoiled and sensitive as she, too, tries to find herself). An accident involving Brian — he is injured and Rissa is suspended — teaches Rissa that independence doesn't necessarily mean going it alone. Her conflicts should resonate with middle-school readers. Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780545050586
Author:
Comerford, Lynda
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Author:
Brill Comerford, Lynda
Author:
Comerford, Lynda B.
Author:
Lynda Brill Comerford
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Illinois
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
09-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Clarissa 'Rissa' Bartholomew has grown weary of her family, wearing hand-me-downs from her well-to-do friend Beth and following the 'herd': her four closest friends, with whom she doesn't seem to have much in common anymore. Rissa begins middle school determined to be independent, though with her ex-friends avoiding her, she soon discovers that independence isn't all it's cracked up to be: 'In fact, I felt like I was being punished.' Debut novelist Comerford, a PW reviewer, realistically conveys Rissa's feelings, from her nervousness about becoming a teenager ('I'd lived with one.... Mary Ann was a very weepy individual, and it made me think that teen life must be pretty hard') to her compassion for unpopular nerd Brian. Rissa's narrative is peppered with humorous musings, and the supporting characters are distinctive as well (Rissa's mother feels less useful as her daughters grow up, and Rissa's friend Beth vacillates between being spoiled and sensitive as she, too, tries to find herself). An accident involving Brian — he is injured and Rissa is suspended — teaches Rissa that independence doesn't necessarily mean going it alone. Her conflicts should resonate with middle-school readers. Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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