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Pack of Dorks Paperback – July 7, 2015
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I especially love how Beth Vrabel makes it clear that being a good friend is something you have to learn. You will make mistakes. Other people will hurt you by making mistakes of their own. The trick is to grow past it.
As my daughter told me when I asked her if she would have given Becky a second chance, "I think you have to give kids a second chance. And a third. And a fourth. You never know when they will actually start meaning it."
I don't know if I completely agree with her. But it's making for excellent conversations, and I'm learning a lot about how my daughter thinks and where she's at on her middle school journey. We may well be talking about this book and the lessons we can learn from it for days.
And that's one of the greatest things about reading books with your middle schoolers. It gives you a way to break open some of these deeply personal issues from a not so personal angle. Parenting would be so much harder without books like this one.
Vrabel does an excellent job, though, with this sentimental and touching and heartbreaking story about Lucy---who is one of my favorite protagonists of the summer.
Lucy loses her popularity in the blink of an eye and her world is shattered, so she must go on a journey at school and at home to figure out the meaning of happiness and friendship.
I love her parents, her grandma, Sam (so much) and all the other supporting characters. This was cute and meaningful.
We had the opportunity to meet Ms. Vrabel and she was true inspiration for our students. I can't say enough great things about her and Pack of Dorks.