Every once in a great while, a book comes along that is so new, so creative, so different and so much fun to read. Middle School is worse than meatloaf: a year through stuff by Jennifer L. Holm, pictures by Elicia Castaldi is told entirely through stuff. Ginny is in her first year of middle school, trying to adjust to her mother remarrying, baby sitting to earn money (it never happens!) and suffering through bad hair days (naturally on school picture day), losing the lead in a ballet and just living each day. The story has no narrative but is told through notes, bank deposit slips, newspaper clippings, hall passes and all the other little things that figure in the life of a seventh grade student.
Warm, funny, painful and all-too-true and completely enjoyable. It should be required reading for every girl heading off to middle school in the fall!
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