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Camo Girl Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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Bailey James is used to being the new kid at school because his family moves around a lot. He's accepted by the popular crowd with no problem, but he's nothing like the ones who bully Z and Ella. He likes Ella and wants to be her friend, but that might be difficult, seeing that Z has claimed her as his own.
Ella's friend, Z, spent most of his time in a fantasy world, using his imagination to escape reality and this made him look strange in the eyes of everyone else at school. I liked that he had a great imagination; actually, a gift is what I'd call it. And it's okay to pretend, but escaping reality all together, that has to be a sign that a serious problem needs to be addressed. I was scared for Z sometimes, expecting someone to do more than throw food on him. Ella quickly came to his rescue when others bullied him and she joined him in his fantasy world because that was what he needed from her. She'd answer to milady and pretend to ride a horse because she truly cared about Z. And even when she was frustrated by the way he'd withdraw into his imaginary world when it was important to her that he deals with reality, she couldn't stay angry at him for long.Read more ›
Ellie really wants to help her friend who fits in less than she does. Ellie must be there for her friend Z. He's not just a misfit, he's odd. There's something not quite right with him since his dad left. He's retreated into the make-believe world that might be okay for a younger person, but is not at all okay for a middle-schooler.
Ellie has some discoloration on her skin, and the mean guys call her "Camo Face." Sometimes she feels invisible, and sometimes she wishes she was invisible. When a new boy Bailey moves to town, he befriends her. Maybe it's because she has the only baseketball goal in town, or maybe it's because she's the only other African American at school. Regardless, they become friends. He stands up for her, and he even starts to understand her relationship with Z: "He needs me."
But Z doesn't understand, and it causes him to retreat further into himself.
I'm not doing this book justice. I love Ellie. I like Bailey. I love Ellie's mom and grandmother who are dealing with their own pain -- the loss of their husband/son -- Ellie's father. They all help Ellie to see that who she is on the inside is what matters and it's someone she can be proud of.
Kids change in middle school, and old friendships don't always stand. This book looks at why that might be, and also hint that sometimes change is good, and sometimes it's not even permanent.
This story deals so eloquently with subjects such as autism, race and bullying in such a way that the author never has to put a label on any of it. It entertains and teaches about what it means to be a good person, and a true friend.
And it also lets our girls know that we are all beautiful in our own ways - so important for todays young girls.
When a new student, Bailey arrives at school, Ella feels a spark of hope. Bailey joins Ella as the only other African American student at their school, but he is also, confident and kind. Ella soon finds out that she and Bailey have more in common than being the only African American students at their school. Ella, Bailey and even Zechariah have all lost their fathers in very different, but equally life-altering ways.
Camo Girl is a heart-wrenching, heart-warming story about loss, friendship, growing up and finding hope. The vocabulary, themes and characters are rich and work well for instruction or pleasure reading.
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It really brought out the differences the kids go through. The new boy with his slick personality, the school girl with her skin colour difficulty, and the friendship she has with... Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by mindy alderman
I recently purchased a bunch of books on Amazon for my 13yr old daughter who said she didn't have any good books to read. This was one of those books. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Christine
You'll love this because it's very uplifting and realistic. I hope the author will make a sequel!!! It's a great buy!Published on September 15, 2013 by Alexis
I love this book. I picked this book because I had to read it for school. I thought this book would be boring , but I liked the end. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Genie
Bought kindle version for my 7th grade daughter for school book report. She liked it and it kept her attention, easy to get into.Published on August 25, 2013 by Elizabeth K. Torma
I really enjoyed this book. A book about friendship between 2 outcasts sticking up for each other, in the face of adolescent bullying (for lack of better verbiage right now). Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by L. Rutledge
This is a book for black girls facing drama
I mean really this book is for you enjoy it !
Whoever read this book needs a creative mind and thinks outside of the box. Then you will understand the book better. You will know what the book really is about.Published on June 24, 2013 by Jasmine Gittens-Whitney