- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
- Series: West Creek Middle School Series (Book 5)
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (March 9, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374346542
- ISBN-13: 978-0374346546
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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- #20322 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School
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Makeovers by Marcia (West Creek Middle School Series) Hardcover – February 24, 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8 - Marcia Faitak enters eighth grade with pimples and five extra pounds, the latter due to her immobility over the summer from a broken ankle. Her immediate goal is to improve her self-image and make Alex Ryan invite her to the October school dance. She gathers advice from books, friends, and her sister, but her efforts to impress Alex are clumsy, and she reminds him that he caused her injury. Marcia has other challenges - her incredibly picky art teacher, her disgruntled French teacher, and community service at a local nursing home. While her friend Lizzie records the residents' histories, Marcia offers the ladies makeovers and learns that beauty has more to do with personality and outlook than with physical appearance. This lesson carries over into her own life and helps her to become a better artist, more comfortable with herself, and more empathetic. Best of all, Alex finally asks her to the dance. As she gets ready for the big night, she receives news that one of her friends at the home suffered a heart attack, and Marcia makes the tough decision to be with the dying woman. This humorous, appealing tale is realistic, touching, and evenly paced. Pair it with Ben Mikaelsen's Petey(Hyperion, 1998), another intergenerational friendship story. - Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI
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Gr. 4-7. In the last of the five books about kids in West Creek Middle School, the focus is on pretty, popular Marcia Faitak. Already distraught that she has gained five pounds and has two pimples that won't go away, Marcia is also worried that Alex won't invite her to the school dance. It seems an extra irritation when her social studies teacher requires students to do a community service project in a nursing home. Who wants to work with "senile, drooling old people"? Meanwhile, Marcia's demanding art teacher tells her to stop drawing Barbie pictures and to find inner beauty. Marcia offers the old people beauty makeovers, and most are thrilled to get their nails done and tell their stories. Of course, she does find individual truth behind the stereotypes, but the message is never heavy because Mills' realistic characters--kids, teachers, parents, and the elderly--show anger, sadness, humor, and surprise. Readers new to the series will want the other books, too. Hazel Rochman
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It's nice to see how she has grown from the first book in the West Creek Middle Series (Losers, Inc). Marcia has become a better person in those two years as a result of many factors including friends, teachers, family and life circumstances.
Marcia goes through an epiphany of sorts (for lack of a better word) when she realizes where true beauty is found. She also learns the meaning of KINDNESS. One of the nicest things in my opinion is how Marcia and Lizzie are now friends demonstrating that forgiveness for a prank (played in Losers, Inc) is powerful. The story is inspiring and is sure to please. There are some very touching scenes and, of course, a wonderful ending!
Claudia Mills has a talent for understanding what goes on in the minds of middle school age students.
Makeovers by Marcia is about a girl that has a Socail Studies project to do. They all have to choose a community service activty to do. Marcia loves to paint and draw so she thinks of makeovers for people in a nursing home.