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Skin I'm In

Sharon Flake (2000), 176 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Maleeka is shocked when she first sees Miss Saunders, the new English teacher, who has a big, white splotch across her face. She knows from the beginning that Miss Saunders will bring trouble for her. Maleeka has enough trouble as it is, with her classmates making fun of her very dark skin and with the sloppy homemade clothes her mother makes her wear. Maleeka gets better clothes to wear from Charlese, but Charlese is also mean and bossy. As Maleeka says, 'I deserve better than for people to treat me any old way they want. But saying that is one thing, making it happen is something else.' Can Maleeka find a way to earn the respect she deserves?
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/30/2010
ISBN-10: 0786813075
ISBN-13: 9780786813070
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Sleepaway Girls

Jen Calonita (2009), 297 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Sam is going off to a sleepaway camp hours away from her Long Island home. At the camp, she is hired to be a counselor in training (CIT). She meets many new friends and along with friends, enemies. Having to deal with her BFF's boyfriend and her clingyness must be hard. But dealing with the camp director's snooty, mean daughter might just be harder. Oh, yeah- did I mention that Sam's never been to camp before?
Similar authors: Jenny B. Jones
Similar books: Secrets of my Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita
Reviewed by: hpotterfan1129
Date read: 10/6/2012
ISBN-13: 9780316017176
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Sleeping Over

P. J. Denton (2007), 96 pages
Illustrated by Julia Denos
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Emily loves her parents, but she worries that they think she's still a baby. It's the last week of second grade, and her parents are only now letting her stop sleeping with the night-light. When Emily's friend Taylor announces she's having a sleepover party, everyone is excited except Emily. How will Emily ever persuade her parents that she's old enough to go? This early chapter book is the first in the Sleepover Squad series, and it includes instructions for the cupcake decorating project featured in the book.
Book Series: Sleepover Squad
Similar books: Perfectly Princess series by Alyssa Crowne
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 8/26/2010
ISBN-10: 1416927905
ISBN-13: 9781416927907
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Sliding into Home

Dori Hillestad Butler (2003), 218 pages
Illustrated by Paul Casale
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Baseball has always been central in Joelle's life, and she has a talent for the sport. Having played on her school's baseball team in Minneapolis, Joelle expects the same when she moves to Greendale, Iowa. When she wants to try out, however, she's told that girls play only softball in this town. Softball is considered the equivalent of baseball for girls. Yet, Joelle knows that baseball is a different sport, a sport she's not willing to quit. She tries every avenue to be allowed to play, even going to the school administration and writing a letter to the paper. When nothing seems to work, Joelle has a big idea. Can she beat the obstacles to find herself a place in the game of baseball?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/3/2009
ISBN-10: 156145222X
ISBN-13: 9781561452224
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Commenter: Ann, grade 7
I loved this book because Joelle never gave up. She proved that kids can do great things when they work hard to make their dreams come true.
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Sloppy Copy Slipup

Dyanne Disalvo (2006), 103 pages
Illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Brian Higman dreads revealing that he hasn't finished his 'sloppy copy' of his writing assignment (his teacher's name for a rough draft). His teacher isn't known for her sympathy, and he's already received one zero for not doing his work. When the time comes, he tries to distract her by telling a story about why he couldn't do it. As he tells it, he draws her and the class into the tale of his quest to buy a used guitar before the neighborhood-famous Harry Harrington buys it first. The longer he distracts his teacher with the story, the more hope he has that he'll get away without failing. Brian's story within a story is entertaining, and the resolution of the tale is satisfying. The book includes Brian's tips on how to write well.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 2/26/2010
ISBN-10: 0823419479
ISBN-13: 9780823419470
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