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Absolutely Normal Chaos

Sharon Creech (1997), 240 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Realistic Fiction
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Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer, while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin's search for his biological father.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0064406326
ISBN-13: 9780064406321
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3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 booksBoredom Shoots to Excitement
Commenter: Aj, grade 9
It was a little boring at first but it had a good storyline to it. I liked everything that happened and the characters were easy to get to know. Sharon Creech is such a great author I just like saying I have read all her books. :) happy reading!!
4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 booksCrazy Summer!
Commenter: St. Charles Reader, grade 0
Mary Lou Finney's cousin comes over and her summer turns into the craziest roller coaster ever!
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Agnes Parker... Girl in Progress

Kathleen O'Dell (2003), 160 pages
Illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Agnes is beginning sixth grade with her best friend, Prejean. Unfortunately, Peggy Neidermeyer is also in their class. Neidermeyer's been tormenting Agnes for years. When a fascinating new boy shows up in class, Agnes wants to get to know him, but so does Neidermeyer. Can Agnes stand up to Neidermeyer, keep her friendship with Prejean strong, and get to know Joe at the same time? Read more about Agnes in Agnes Parker-- Happy Camper and Agnes Parker-- Keeping Cool in Middle School.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 2/11/2010
ISBN-10: 0803726481
ISBN-13: 9780803726482
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Agony of Alice

Phyllis Naylor (2007), 144 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Realistic Fiction
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Eleven-year-old, motherless Alice decides she needs a gorgeous role model. She is greatly disappointed when she is placed in Mrs. Plotkins's class, until she discovers it's what people are inside that really counts.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 141695533X
ISBN-13: 9781416955337
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Akata Witch

Nnedi Okorafor (2011), 349 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Fantasy, Multicultural
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It's not easy being a girl of two worlds, but Sunny is just that. Born in the United States to Nigerian parents, Sunny moves back to her parents' homeland where her American accent and albino skin don't help her to fit in. She is 'Akata': not quite American, but not quite African, either. And Sunny is about to discover that while she was born to a family of Lambs - people with no magic - she is a Leopard, a free agent with the ability to use magic and forever unable to reveal her secret to her Lamb family. It's not easy being a girl of two worlds, and it's about to get even harder when the serial killer targeting children reveals his true intentions.
Similar books: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Reviewed by: nwands
Date read: 2/23/2017
ISBN-10: 0670011967
ISBN-13: 978-067001196
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Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

Bethany Hegedus (2018), 40 pages
Illustrated by Erin McGuire
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
Category: Biography, Books about Girls, Historical
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This is the story of a girl who wrote one of the all-time favorite American books. Nelle Harper Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. She did not act or dress the way girls were expected to. Instead, she wore overalls, climbed trees, and her best friend was a boy named Tru who she protected from bullies. They created stories together but Tru had to move to New York City. Nelle's father was a lawyer and she would watch him try cases in front of judges and juries. After college and some law school, Nelle moved to New York City to be a writer. Her friend Tru (Truman Capote) had become a famous author and he helped her publish a novel set in their home town of Monroeville. To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960, spoke to a nation dealing with the question of civil rights. Nelle's novel showed how people sometimes judge other people just because of their skin color. It became a best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize.
Similar authors: Raphaele Frier; Andrea Davis Pinkney; Aaron Reynolds
Similar books: Malala : Activist for Girls' Education ; Martin Rising : Requiem for a King ; Back of the Bus ; Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride
Reviewed by: Julia
Date read: 3/20/2018
ISBN-10: 0062456709
ISBN-13: 9780062456700
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