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
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 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
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
If anyone's interested, I think the Jezebel review does it more justice than my dim memories of ...more
Pros: Children generally listen to teachers and parents, are not particularly attached to technology, and learn to have some compassion. It was an engrossing read. It made me really curious to see how the school year would play out. I guess the biggest factor this story has going for it is that it might speak to some bystanders and give them courage to stand up for vi ...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
-"I never thought of Elsie as a human being. Just a fat girl."
-"It was embarrassing the ...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
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
Jenny's fifth grade world gets turned upside down when Elsie, the new fat girl, shows up. Jenny knows there can't be anything good about Elsie, especially when Elsie turns out to be a thief! But through time and understanding, attitudes change.
A fun book all around. A good book to discuss prejudice and outside appearances.
The title of the book is " Nothing's Fair In Fifth Grade", but the thing is that things are also not fair in for example Sixth Grade. So the whole book doesn't stick to that point which is fairness.
I recommend this book for everyone, and I hope you'll like it.