"I didn't want to be a child, and I didn't want to be a woman, and sometimes I just didn't know how to be in between." Winnie, the hero of Eleven
(2004), is sometimes too articulate for a sixth-grader, but girls will welcome the information in her funny, sometimes touching daily drama as she starts junior high in Atlanta and deals with family, friends, and enemies, as well as the puberty rites of buying her first bra and getting her period. Then there is the embarrassment of losing the tampon in the pool, but she gets over it. At school she is hurt by her best friend's rejection, and she is ashamed when she acts as a bully toward someone else. And there is a budding romance. The contemporary voice is casual, funny, and, well, nice. Fans of Judy Blume and of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's early Alice books will want this. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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“Light, quick reading with an authentic perspective.”—Kirkus Reviews
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