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The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell
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Apr 22, 2011

really liked it

Neighbors Kate and Marylin have been friends since nursery school, but things change in the start of sixth grade when bossy seventh-grader Flannery moves into the neighborhood. Kate has never been that interested in boys or makeup--she would much rather shoot hoops and read books. But Marylin starts hanging out with Flannery and ignoring Kate. Marylin starts wearing makeup and talking about boys and even talks about joining the cheerleading squad at their middle school. Kate doesn't understand what she did to deserve this treatment from Marylin, and doesn't know what to do or who to hang out with. Marylin thinks Kate is immature, but she feels conflicted when she is pressured by Flannery to give Kate the silent treatment. Being eleven can be tough, especially when there is no one to talk to about family issues or friends. The story is told in alternating points of view from Kate and Marylin, which helps give the reader a better understanding of why the girls act and think as they do. A great story for girls about peer pressure, friendship, hurt feelings, and growing up (and apart). Recommended for grades 4-6.

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