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Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
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Jan 15, 2012

bookshelves: arc, bea
Read in January, 2012

PLANET MIDDLE SCHOOL is a free verse novel written from the perspective of Joylin as she copes with her changing body, her changing relationships with friends, and her changing tomboy image. Joylin also talks about her family and how her father seems to be unhappy with her younger brother's drawing skills. He'd prefer his son to be athletic, but try as he may, Joylin's brother wasn't cut out for the basketball court. Ultimately, PLANET MIDDLE SCHOOL is about accepting yourself for who you are and also your friends. A very short, quick read that will give reluctant readers an opportunity to feel successful. It's straightforward, addresses everything from first crushes, to first period, to first time putting on makeup. (Don't let the mention of a period keep you from recommending this to boys!!!! There's some good insight into the minds of MG girls in this novel.)
I received a copy of the ARC at the BEA.


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