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Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
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Jul 24, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

This novel in verse was a pleasant surprise. A fast, light read, it is perfect for your reluctant female readers who are not looking for something edgy or complex. Joylin Johnson is a very relatable character who is struggling with the changes to herself and her peer relationships as they enter middle school and puberty. She is a tomboy who loves basketball and doesn’t have time for all that girly nonsense of fashion and make-up. And then she meets Santiago… Grimes poignantly captures that topsy-turvy experience of first crush. Joylin loses a bit of herself and her friendships as she attempts to capture Santiago’s attention.

This story of acceptance does not break any new ground, but it does do several things remarkably well. It is perfect for 6th grade girls who are a little nervous about middle school and the changes happening around them and inside of them. And the cover will stand out amongst YA collections that are drowning in pretty white covergirls. Many young readers will be thrilled to see a character who looks like them; they will be pleased to find a character who feels and thinks like them as well.

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Shannalee45 I loved your easy summary. Very cut-chase and to the point

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