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Elevenby Lauren Myracle
Synopses & Reviews
This sweet, funny novel follows fifth-grader Genie Kunkle through a tumultuous year. From the first day of school, Genie knows there will be good, bad, and in-between. The good? Sheand#8217;s in homeroom with her best friend, Sarah. The bad? Sarahand#8217;s friend from camp, Blair, is a new student at their school, and is itching to take Genieand#8217;s place as Sarahand#8217;s BFF. The in-between? Genie is excited to be elected to write her classand#8217;s blog, where sheand#8217;s tasked with tracking the wishes and dreams of her class. But expressing her opinion in public can be scaryand#151;especially when her opinion might make the rest of her class upset.
Elisabeth Dahl authentically captures the ups and downs of a tween girland#8217;s life, and the dramasand#151;both little and bigand#151;that fill the scary transition between childhood and adolescence.
Praise for Genie Wishes
"Girls should identify and mothers should approve of this gentle tale of growing up."
"Upbeat slice-of-life novel."
"Hereand#8217;s to reading about Genieand#8217;s sixth-grade year soon."
"The author has a keen eye for the tween girl experience: Genieand#8217;s plans for the future involve living right by her best friend and working together as dolphin trainers, while the highlight of her summer is the fact that her other friend just joined the pool. This will no doubt resonate with tween girls, and it has the charm and the discussion fodder to make an excellent mother-daughter book club selection."
and#151;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Offering a month-by-month account of Winnie's 11th year, this lighthearted and well-observed novel is sure to strike a familiar chord with girls on the brink of adolescence. On her birthday, Winnie gets her first pet, a cat she names Sweetie-Pie, who, in a later chapter, falls through a hole in the attic and has to be rescued from between the walls. Shortly before turning 12, in the penultimate chapter, Winnie snags her first boyfriend just in time to prevent her from being the only 'single' sixth-grader at school on Valentine's Day. In between, Winnie realizes that she is drifting away from her best friend, Amanda, and actually has more in common with nerdy Dinah. Throughout, Winnie's altering perceptions of herself and her peers ring true. Just as realistic are her relationships with family members: two fairly tolerant parents, a younger brother named Ty, and a teenage sister named Sandra, who is experiencing some growing pains of her own. Myracle (Kissing Kate) shows particular skill at delineating the ways fifth- and sixth-grade girls form and reform their friendships, and the unspoken feelings between Amanda and Winnie fuel especially poignant moments. Myracle reworks familiar themes in a narrative that remains fresh and lively, inviting the audience to commiserate and laugh along with Winnie as she advances toward her 12th year. Ages 8-12. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Life for the Flower Power girls is never boring. Milla, still madly in crush with sweet Max, wonders if itandrsquo;s timeandmdash;dun dun dun!andmdash;for the two of them to actually HOLD HANDS. Eeek! Katie-Rose, on the other hand, canandrsquo;t help but wonder whenandmdash;or ifandmdash;she will ever be crush-worthy, especially since the only boy to pay her any attention is pesky, annoying Preston, whose favorite pastime is throwing erasers at Katie-Roseandrsquo;s head. Violet, however, has bigger issues than boys on her mind. Her mom is finally scheduled to be discharged from the psychiatric hospital where sheandrsquo;s been undergoing treatment, but what if her homecoming doesnandrsquo;t go as planned? Luckily, Yasaman has a foolproof plan for distracting her friends from their worries. The targets: beloved teachers Mr. Emerson and Ms. Perez, who are meant for each other, even if they donandrsquo;t know it. The goal: to bring those lovebirds together at their schoolandrsquo;s andldquo;Kids Night In,andrdquo; a teacher-chaperoned evening of fun, fabulosity, and possibly even romance . . .
Praise for Oopsy Daisy
andldquo;Milla, Violet, Yaz and Katie-Rose continue to charm; hereandrsquo;s hoping they have more hijinks in store.andrdquo;
When a blizzard threatens to ruin Valentines Day, three seventh-grade friends make and distribute fortune cookies to their lonely neighbors—and confront the secrets theyve been keeping from one another.
Confident Kate doesnt notice much but the latest gossip, and shy Georgia cant say out loud whats always on her mind. Theyre joined by observant, careful Olivia, whose epic, single-minded crush on PBJ (real name: Phillip Becker-Jacobs) is starting to frustrate them. Using fortune cookies that mysteriously always seem to speak directly to the person who opens them, the three girls try to work together to bring some love to their building while reminding each other why theyre such good friends to begin with.
About the Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of many popular books for teens and tweens, including New York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn (Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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