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The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter Paperback – February 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037584547X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375845475
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Tracy’s latest novel describes 11-year-old Bessica Lefter’s futile and often comical attempts to discard the vestiges of her elementary-school self at the start of her sixth-grade year. After a disastrous visit to the hairstylist, Bessica loses her lifelong best friend, Sylvie, when their matching pixie haircuts are not equally flattering. Suddenly, Bessica is without an ally and must learn to forge her own identity throughout the perils of middle school. Although it’s not always easy to like Bessica, it is hard not to laugh with her as she loses her cool in the presence of her hunky teenage neighbor, jump ropes her way into the role of school mascot in furry pants, and tries to make nice with the school bullies. A supporting star of the story is Bessica’s tech-savvy grandma, who, even while away on a spelunking trip with her latest man friend, reminds Bessica of the power of positive thinking. Grandma also illustrates the important moral of this story: “Look for happiness and you’ll find it.” Grades 4-7. --Erin Anderson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2011:
"Bessica's voice is funny, goofy, anxious, and absolutely emotionally authentic...Readers negotiating their own middle-school minefields or soaking up all the preparatory information they can find will breathlessly follow Bessica's escapades."




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More About the Author

My name is Kristen Tracy and I write books for teens and tweens and people younger than that. I also write poetry for adults. I grew up in a small town in Idaho, but left there to go to Los Angeles where I earned my B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University. I also have an M.F.A in poetry from Vermont College, an M.A. in American Literature from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University, where I was an All-University Creative Scholar. In addition to writing books, and volunteering as a gardener on Alcatraz, I've spent a lot of my life teaching at places like Johnson State College, Western Michigan University, BYU, and Stanford University. I also taught aerobics, but that's a different story. Currently, I make my home in Rhode Island with my husband, Brian Evenson.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M on March 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My nine year old just finished this book and LOVED IT!!! Grace is not much of a reader. She would usually rather be doing something else. So when I see her reading late into the night and carrying a book to the breakfast table and then slipping it into her backpack before school I take notice! I was curious about what was holding her interest so I read it myself. It was very well written, very "real", very in touch with young girls. I liked it too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on June 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Bessica Lefter is a relatable middle school female in this book where she is going to the middle school without her best friend, Sylvie, and her grandmother has taken off on the road with her boyfriend, Wild Willy. Bessica is left in her hometown in Idaho with her family to face middle or Junior high school.

Bessica is likable after all in this series. You can relate to her innocence and sometimes ignorance. She can do childish things because she is a child after all. In this book, the writer has done her homework and developed Bessica's voice and point of view. The book is an easy, entertaining, read for the most part. Readers especially young female reader will relate to Bessica most of all.

This book is why children's literature is different from adult literature. A simpler book can connect to young readers better and the book is realistic overall. There are no outrageous stories or plots here about faraway worlds. The book is a great find for readers of all ages.
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By Taryn on October 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Loved it I thought It could of had a better ending though ends really quick other than that great book
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This book was amazing I love every single detail about it. I recommended it to all of my friends! !
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