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Me in the Middle

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One day Isabel finds a box in her mother's closet, and inside the box is a photograph of a girl dressed in old-fashioned clothes. Ten-year-old Bel is enchanted to discover that the girl is her great-grandmother, her Bisa Bea, and that she and her great-grandmother look very much alike.

Bel convinces her mother to let her borrow the treasured photo. To keep her Bisa Bea clos
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Groundwood Books (first published January 1st 1982)
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Andrea Poulain
Leído para #LIJFeministaLat

Este fue uno de los libros que este año leí para el evento especial de #LIJFeministaLat y uno de los libros principales por los cuales me empecé a interesar que estaban escribiendo los latinoamericanos en el panorama de la literatura juvenil. Ana María Machado presenta la historia de varias generación chocando en opiniones y en maneras de hacer las cosas. Isabel se encuentra con un retrato de su bisabuela y se lo lleva a la escue
Marsha Earl
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me in the Middle by: Ana Maria Machado (YM1492m)
I really enjoyed this book. I gladly give it 5 stars. It was a real page turner which made it easy to get through the 110 pages quickly. It starts with a little girl named Isabel coming home from school finding her mom cleaning up. Her mother doesn’t clean often but when she does it’s very thorough and lasts two to three days. As Isabel walked through the house she could see where her mom had cleaned already. She found her in the bedroom sitting on
Conejo Literario
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cualquiera que disfrute la literatura infantil y juvenil.

Lo bueno:
*Las ilustraciones son bellísimas, fueron lo que mas disfruté.
*Toca tema muy importantes como los roles de género, el respeto entre compañeros y la importancia de los abuelos en la crianza.

Lo malo:
*Si yo que soy una mujer adulta, tuve problemas para entender la línea de tiempo y las diversas "perspectivas" en la narrativa, no me quiero imaginar lo confuso que debe ser para un niño.
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seba, early-chapter
Sweet Early Chapter from 1978, a young girl gets advise from her great grandmother and her great grandchild inside her mind, learning both some manners from a century earlier, as well as some tidbits of a girl's life in the future.
Kátia Cristina
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que saudade das minhas avós e que pena que não tive chance de conhecer nenhuma bisa. Uma linda história sobre diferentes gerações e como podemos aprender mesmo sendo de tempos bem distintos.
Amy Stipp
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
I really didn't like this book at all. I think it just must not be my kind of book. It's is really cheesy. The setting is unclear, but I suppose it is set in Brazil since the author is Brazilian and the names of characters are spanish. It kind of reminded me of Junie B. Jones, in that it is written in the voice of a juvenile spunky girl. But one of her major dillemas is that she likes her friend, Sergio, who kisses her. That kind of plot would not found in the life of Junie B. The idea of the bo ...more
This is a chapter book with very sharp writing. Children will fall in love with the main charcter, Bel. Bel finds a photograph of her great grandmother. Her great grandmother comes to life inside of Bel. She is a voice that guides Bel and reminds her of the past. She reminds Bel of how girls should behave. Bel does not agree with her great grandmother, as times have changed. Then suddenly she hears another voice from within; it is her future granddaughter. This story connects the past, the prese ...more
Sarah Hannah
Hmmm. I like the idea, and it could be the translation, but it's the kind of book I would prefer as a movie. That may be because it reminded me A LOT of a Brazilian film I do like, A Dona da Historia, which is similar in the way it integrates time wonkiness and magical realism, which is to say different from the magical realism of Spanish-speaking Latin America and the United States, so it's a bit jarring. But a cute book overall!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-1001

A very intriguing plot: Isabel finds a box. Inside is a photo of what she learns is her great-grandmother. The photo disappears, but Isabel soon discovers that her great-grandmother is living inside her, whispering to her, sharing experiences with her. And then she discovers that another person is also there, her great-granddaughter, whispering to her, sharing experiences with her. A very intriguing plot. A 1001 CBYMRBYGU.

Ana Paula Lelis
“Experimenta, experimenta. Quem não pimenta. Nunca se esquenta. Quem nunca tenta. Jamais inventa. Experimenta, experimenta”

Such a nice book.
Mar 17, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read the English translated version & thought it was adorable. Different...but still good!
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Ana Maria Machado was born in 1941 in Rio de Janeiro and is, alongside Lygia Bojunga Nunes and Ruth Rocha, one of the most significant children's book authors in Brazil. She started her career as a painter in Rio de Janeiro and New York City. After studying Romance languages she did a PhD with Roland Barthes at the 'École pratique des hautes études' in Paris. She worked as journalist for the magaz ...more
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