Nothings Fair in Fifth Grade
But soon Jenny realizes some things aren't fair for Elsie, either. Elsie is on a strict diet, but when she starts losing weight, her mother won't buy her new clothes. Instead, she...more
I actually read this book when I was in the 5th grade the year it was published... and I... was the fat blonde girl. My day at school consisted of being taunted and teased. Kids would act like I smelled bad (I didn't) and m...more
I love it. I loved it as a kid, and having recently ordered it online and read it again, I love it all the more as an adult, and can appreciate how excellent it is on a deeper level.
The characters are just totally REAL. That's the best way to put it. I could relate to them, boys and girls alike. Their dialog was spot-on and nearly 100%...more
For one thing, Elsie Edwards is actually fat, not just "pudgy". She's clearly obese, she eats for comfort, she steals people's food and lunch money, and she's been in trouble for her bad habits. And yet you still feel sympathy for her because even a sneaky thief with an eating problem doesn't deserve the bullying she gets from her classmates and for her own mother to treat her like shit and blatantly favor her spoiled little sister.
I felt bad for Elsie. I felt bad that the author dumped so much crap on her life in this book. It was like she was punishing the fat kid. Maybe the author herself was the fat kid growing up?
The children are evil and cruel, more...more
I would have given this story more stars if two of its major problems hadn't been there: One, there is a really horrific amount of fat-shaming in this book, describing Elsie as a pig and as disgusting; and tw...more
First of all THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR FIFTH GRADERS! too much drama and explaining parents would have a headache for telling and explain to their child about things that happen in this book.
It's good all the way through Keeps you guessing and need to know whats happening.
A REVIEW for people who don't know this book.
A fifth grader Jenny has 2 friends. She has a cat DD and also a new student comes to class. Eli...more
What I don't like about it is that it's another one of those books where the fat person has to lose weight before people start agreeing that she's worth respecting, and the fat-shaming attitudes aren't corrected in the book. Elsie stops...more
UPDATE: (3 years later...)
I just finished my first reading of this since grade school. As I went along, I found the page I left dogeared about halfway through from the first time I tried to read it all those years ago. I'm happy I finished it this ti...more
new girl comes...... gets bully ...... the popukar kids always whisper bout her...... The new girl steals everyones money........ Ya kno the average .....( not really ) But you will like this book if your a "blume"er like me ..... the writing is very similar. ( Judy Blume and Barthe DeClements)
I chose this book because I thought it might make a good read-aloud for my fifth graders; however, I would never recommend this to my class. Although the publishers have tried to modernize the book with...more
I felt sorry for Elsie, that poor girl. But I guess that's how school is, sometimes. It's vicious. She should be lucky that things weren't worse for her. Her weight and school problems should have been enough for the storyline, but there was this added thing with her mother and her...more
This was just as good the second time around. I know my own kids wouldn't get some of the references (Bill Cosby show, 'neat', etc), but nonetheless, it's a good read and pretty timeless. Fat kid, bullying, everyone realizing she's a person with feelings too.
Reminds me of the yahoo article recently posted: http://shine.yahoo.com/women-who-shin...
The only thing I thought needed closure was Elise's relationship with her mom. Her mom freaking o...more
It's a good plot, nonetheless, about how Jenny learns a lesson that it doesn't matter what's on the outside, but more what's on t...more
valentina-this book is about a fat girl who eats a lot.She is new to the school and she dosen't have friends. When you read this book you are going to fell very sentimental but at the same time intertain