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Agnes Parker . . . Girl in Progress Paperback – November 18, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Series: Agnes Parker
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (November 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142402281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142402283
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6-From bullies to best friends to first love, the trials and surprising joys of sixth grade unfold in this light but vividly told narrative. First-novelist O'Dell deploys familiar material (trick-or-treating, oral presentations in class, the family-next-door's crisis) in ways that engage readers and keep the pages turning. Agnes Parker doesn't realize it, but she's gutsy, kind, and, in the end, proves herself to be a good friend. Her attraction to Joe, a new kid in class who is part Native American, is well realized. This satisfying and good-humored story will leave readers hoping for Agnes Parker's return.
Susan Patron, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Charming, yet by no means flawless, Agnes is a heroine nearly everyone can embrace. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Svena on May 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love Agnes Parker, I feel like she could be my best friend!! There are so many favorite parts in this book, I don't think I could even list them all. Agnes is going through changes in her life now that she is in sixth grade, and is not sure how things are going to be with her best friend Prejean. And then the new boy comes to town with a sad, sad secret, and Agnes is the perfect person to help him through the hard times. I also love the bully Neidermeyer, even though she can be so mean, I've known girls just like her, and the competition that happens between her and Agnes is so real, I couldn't believe how good this book is! Read it for yourself and see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.D. Wise on May 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Kathleen O'Dell has hit the jackpot for "tweens" with her wonderful book, Agnes Parker...Girl in Progress. O'Dell's writing is superb, though the present-tense narration takes a few pages to get used to.
Agnes's character will jump out at anyone (girl or boy) going into 6th grade, and will cause those of us who remember our 6th grade year to alternately laugh, cry, giggle, or want to scream "That's not fair!" In describing Agnes's reactions from everything from enduring bullying at the hands of Peggy Neidermeyer, to needing glasses, to breaking her arm (and having to deal with a cast), to the ins-and-outs of friendship with her best friend Prejean and Joe, the new boy in school, O'Dell helps readers to understand the range of emotions and experiences a 6th grade girl feels.
The book begins the week before Agnes enters sixth grade, and should be a hit among 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, as well as any older "kids" who want to look back on the final year of elementary school. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
From the eye-catching start to the twist at the end, Agnes has always seemed so real. The crispness of new glasses, her conversations with friends, and her reaction to people were so similar to mine that I could imagine she existed.

Kathleen O'Dell also wrote 'Ophie Out of Oz' for a slightly younger age group, about 3rd-5th grade instead of 5th-6th.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerri Busteed on July 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Agnes Parker... Girl in Progress is a wonderful book for tween girls to read. We all go through an akward time in our life and feel like we're the only ones. Agnes goes through some major life changes in sixth grade including getting glasses and breaking her arm. While trying to deal with these changes the class bully, Peggy Neidermeyer, needles her at every turn reminding her of how awkward she feels. One day, while in the checkout with her mom she see the most handsome boy. She tries to remember everything about him, then it happens. She sees him again on the first day of school in her very own classroom. The two girls, Peggy and Agnes, both share feelings for this young boy and like in real life, feelings get hurt. Who will end up with the boy? Read for yourself to find out.

I know when I was growing up I too felt awkward and confused. Obviously other people around you wear glasses, but you feel like you are the only one that looks so goofy in them. You question the words you use and the clothes you wear. This book helps to show how one girl deals with sixth grade and the challenges it brings for her.

By Kerri J. Busteed
Author of Will's First Hunt Will's First Hunt
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rupert Baxter on January 7, 2010
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I had to read this story as part of an e-mentoring program. A middle-schooler chose this book for both of us. I had to read it and write to her discussing thought-provoking issues pertinent to a middle-schooler that the book raised. There were plenty. A more athletic and boisterous classmate bullies Agnes all the time, calling her mean nicknames, throwing balls at her and generally making fun of her for everything. But the bully does not bother Agnes's best friend as much because the friend answers back and doesn't allow herself to be bullied. A new boy with a troubled family life moves in next door to Agnes and into her class. She likes him and they become good friends. Agnes' best friend Prejean gets jealous. How does a sixth grader have more than one best friend? Overall, this book gives a chance to evaluate typical middle-schooler behavior and decided what is right and what isn't in a body that isn't their own. It's a great book to use as a learning tool for values and to give courage to stand up for what is right and for those who need help, even if it is just yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Agnes Parker Girl in Progress, is one of the most sensational books I have read this year The story has an unique power to clasp and wrench it's readers into the realistic and charming life of the witty Agnes Parker. I related in depth with the story... Kathleen O' Dell has created a deep, and fascinating masterpiece. Agnes's emotions, life, friends and family are so alive. Their words and activity are like those of yours: we, as well as the cast of charcters in this story, face descions every day, it is our responsibilty to choose the right path KathleenO' Dell makes that possible with a fabulous novel suh as this.
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By Susan Harper on November 8, 2010
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Agnes Parker ... Girl in Progress is about eleven year old Agnes, her best friend Prejean, and other members of the class in her new school year. There are some kids that she knows, and one particular new member of the class, a boy who just moved into the neighborhood.

Anges had set a goal of 'turing over a new leaf' and improving her ability to deal with life's ups and downs, including dealing with some of the local bullies.

A good read, appropriate for an eleven year old.
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