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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuffby Jennifer L Holm
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Ginny has ten items on her big to-do list for seventh grade. None of them, however, include accidentally turning her hair pink. Or getting sent to detention for throwing frogs in class. Or losing the lead role in the ballet recital to her ex-best friend. Or the thousand other things that can go wrong between September and June. But it looks like it's shaping up to be that kind of a year! Here's the story of one girl's worst school year ever — told completely through her stuff.
"'Two-time Newbery Honor author Holm (Our Only May Amelia) and Castaldi (Miss Polly Has a Dolly) gather an eclectic assemblage of 'stuff' to chronicle the intermittently bumpy year of a smart, sassy seventh grader. As the months pass, Ginny tackles an impressive to-do list. Among the entries: 'Get a dad' (she does, when her widowed mother remarries); 'Get the role of the Sugarplum Fairy' (she doesn't; worse, her former best friend — who never returned the sweater she borrowed — does); and 'Convince mom to let me go see Grampa Joe over Easter break' (he lives in Florida). Ginny also writes poems and IMs friends, and her older brother, Henry, draws a series of comics. The collages that make up the pages here look perky: appealing mixes of objects like bottle-cap linings and candy wrappers, or spreads that combine hair dye boxes, drugstore receipts, salon bills for 'color reversal' and a bank check to tell a story. But the inviting format disguises a darker side. Ginny worries, with cause, about Henry, who drinks and drives; resents her new stepfather's ways; and her normally excellent grades take an abrupt nosedive. The everyday tensions of seventh grade show up, too, via the ex — best friend and a pesky little brother. The punchy visuals and the sharp, funny details reel in the audience and don't let go. Ages 8-12. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Jenni Holmandlt;/bandgt; is the Newbery Honor-winning author of andlt;iandgt;Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise, andlt;/iandgt;and the BabyMouse graphic novel series. She lives in Northern California with her family.
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