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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—Nine-year-old Sassy usually is the one who gets stuck with the last piece of chicken or the last choice of jelly beans in the bowl because she is the youngest and smallest member of the Sanford clan. Her stature has earned her the nickname Little Sister, much to her chagrin. Sassy feels there's a special sparkly part hiding deep within her; it just needs some help to shine through. At times the story seems a little too pat and clichéd. It's what's inside that counts, Grammy tells the child. The chapter book is short on plot and conflict, but is full of strong, believable characters. Draper is at her best when describing people. "Daddy says I have a Krispy Kreme face, warm and sweet, but who wants to look like a doughnut?" Readers will get a kick out of some of the vignettes as when Sassy's classmate gets his head stuck between the rungs of a chair or when her brother's bladder is about to burst on the elevator. A likable enough story, but not an essential purchase.—Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY
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Sassy finds her school uniform boring, and she loves shopping at the mall, dressing up, and eating out at fancy places. As the youngest in her African American family, she hates being called Little Sister, but it is hard to get her busy parents to hear her. In fact, she feels pretty invisible at home, except when her beloved Grammy, who first turned her on to reading, comes to visit and performs as a professional storyteller in Sassy’s school. Draper is an award-winning teacher and writer, and the classroom scenes, including the teacher’s mistakes, are as much fun as the family uproar. Told in Sassy’s lively voice, this first title in the new Sassy series is more than a situation, and in the story’s dramatic climax, it is the smallest kid who saves the day. Young grade-schoolers will eagerly wait for more about resourceful, “sparky” Sassy and her search for herself. Grades 2-4. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Sassy (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545071550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545071550
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sharon Draper is a two-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, most recently for Copper Sun, and previously for Forged by Fire. She's also the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Author Award for New Talent for Tears of a Tiger and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for The Battle of Jericho and November Blues. Her other books include Romiette and Julio, Darkness Before Dawn, and Double Dutch. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years. She's a popular conference speaker, addressing educational and literary groups both nationally and internationally.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sassy Simone Sanford is only nine years old, but that doesn't stop her from resenting the fact that her glamorous 16-year-old sister Sadora and her chowhound 12-year-old brother Savin call her "Little Sister." Even her parents are guilty of this. The reality is that she is little --- teeny-tiny to be exact.

Sassy lives up to her real name. She has to wear a boring blue and white uniform to school but jazzes herself up with glitter polish, shiny lip gloss and her fabulous, magical Sassy Sack. Her grandmother made the handbag especially for her. It's shimmery-shiny and sparkly, all purple, silver, pink and magenta, with buttons, compartments and zippers galore. Sassy keeps that bag filled. She not only has items you might expect a fourth-grade girl to carry, such as stickers and hair doo-dads, lotion and nail polish, she also stocks the Sassy Sack with the most unexpected objects --- things that just seem to come in handy during the most unusual circumstances.

The other characters in the story don't quite fit the expected mold and are all the better for it. Sassy's dad is a teacher who loves his wife's cooking a bit too much, her mother is an executive who works in a very fancy office building, and her grandmother is a famous storyteller who has performed in Africa and the White House.

Sassy has tons of friends; she entertains them by telling how it would be if she were in charge of the school dress code and other items of school business. Mondays would be strawberry days, for example. Everyone would wear pink (boys, too!). Each student would get pink bubble gum for the mandatory bubble-blowing contest. The cafeteria would serve up strawberry jelly doughnuts and pink lemonade.

School is the source of adventures that are relayed with great good humor.
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By Lily on May 31, 2014
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I think anyone who is as tiny as Sassy should read this book! But even if ur taller,u should still read it! It has a great story! U should check it out!!! :)
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By madiee diva on March 27, 2014
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The book sassy book number 1 was an amazing book. I love the charater and the descriptive words too .
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By Cassie J. Headrick on February 20, 2014
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this book is a great story about even if you are little you can still be a hero. Sassy is a young brave charter
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By Lauren Wood on December 21, 2013
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This book was recommended by Lauren because it is totally awesome it kept me wondering after all the chapters. It takes an unexpected turn in the end
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By J. Grambo on July 3, 2012
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Sassy Sanford is a cheerful, optimisitc girl who loves the Sassy Sack carryall that Grammy made for her. It seems like all of life's problems can be solved by searching in the Sassy Sack -- even when the family is in real trouble! A fun book for 7-10-year-old girls
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By Sweetpea on July 3, 2011
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My daugther have to read 2 books for school and Sassy:Little Sister Is Not My Name is one of the books she decide to read. She enjoyed the book so much that now she wants all the Sassy's book. So now I'm on the hunt for more Sassy's books.
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