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What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader Paperback – July 1, 2010
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- Paperback : 202 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1935661949
- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-1935661948
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.51 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Bell Bridge Books (July 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,370,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I really enjoyed about this book was that it explored a familiar subject in a fresh, new way. The characters were fleshed out in such a neat and quirky fashion that the stereotypes on which they were based seemed to have a bit more depth. There are troubles with boys and fellow cheerleaders and hard lessons to be learned at the end of the day. The narrative was smart, relevant and definitely in-touch with the kids of today. I'd definitely give this book a good recommendation and think it would make a great gift for any girl who is about to enter middle school. I'll probably be picking up a couple copies for my nieces for their upcoming birthdays.
I liked how the girl (I forgot her name) stood up for herself and friends!
I wish I was that brave!
I liked how not all popular girls were mean,because just because your popular don't mean you have to be rude.
I liked the Grandmother! Ha ha ha
The same week of her birthday, she decides to try out for cheerleading in her middle school. To her surprise and the disgust of the "popular" girls on the squad, she makes the team. Problems start. Rumors fly around that Elaine cheated in order to make the squad. How will Elaine overcome those rumors?
My Perspective: The author does wonderful descriptions of the 11-year-old's dilemmas of cliques, noisy neighbors, her first dance and her first boy-girl party. In addition, the characterizations are done well. I like Elaine, and that makes me more eager to see what she's thinking. Elaine doesn't yet have the teen-angst with her mom, this was refreshing to read. Her grandmother is a character that made me hoot, but I don't want to "grow-up" to be like her!
This would have been a 5-star book except that there are no pictures of the comics Elaine and her comic-club friends drew, only verbal descriptions of each panel. I contacted Adrianne Ambrose, the author, and asked about the comics. She replied, "I'm hoping to encourage middle grade girls to try illustrating."