Hey there friends! I’m sorry for being late with this week’s reviews, ALOT has been going on, but, it is here now! So let’s get on with the
#1: Roller Girl- Victoria Jaimeson
SYNOPSIS: For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so, begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school… in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.
In this graphic novel debut that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverance, and girl power!
My Review: This book won the Newbery Honour Award and can I just say it so rightfully deserved it. This book was a book about embracing yourself and I just love that!
#2: Twins- Varian Johnson
SYNOPSIS: Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran — a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart from Maureen. A girl who seems happy to share only two classes with her sister!
Maureen and Francine are growing apart and there’s nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good?
My Review: I really loved this book because 1.) it shows the real inside of a twin and 2.) I absolutely loveeeee twins, I feel like they’re the birthdays of people. People always think its easy to be a twin but they never really know what its like.
#3: Pippa Park Raises Her Game- Erin Yun
SYNOPSIS: Readers will cheer on Korean American Pippa Park in this compelling middle grade reimagining of Great Expectations. Navigating friendships and cyberbullying at a new school, Pippa reinvents herself and discovers who she really is.
Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So, when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself by following the “Rules of Cool.”
At Lakeview, Pippa juggles old and new friends, an unrequited crush, and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and her family’s laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates. But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media, her carefully built persona is threatened.
As things begin to spiral out of control, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.
My Review: If I am being very honest, I have never even read a book of Charles Dickens and I never planned to until I read this book. But if is the kind of thing he writes about then I may just have to reconsider. I loved reading this book. I loved the way she was emigrated, or rather her family. It was amazing.
#4: Becoming Brianna-Terri Libenson
SYNOPSIS: Middle school is full of challenges.
Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organize a party, and juggle drama at school and home?! As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it’s all worth it. . . .
Told in alternating past and present chapters, Bri’s heartwarming story unfolds over the eight months leading up to her bat mitzvah—as well as over the course of the big day itself.
My Review: I loved this book because I related to the character Bri because I love attention (I am not afraid to admit) but when it comes to some particular cases I wonder why I even registered myself for it in the first place. Bri is starting to learn about herself and to cope. Some of the tip in this book are really helpful in real life. Great read.
Cub – Cynthia L. Copeland
SYNOPSIS: Twelve-year-old Cindy has just dipped a toe into seventh-grade drama—with its complicated friendships, bullies, and cute boys—when she earns an internship as a cub reporter at a local newspaper in the early 1970s. A (rare) young female reporter takes Cindy under her wing, and Cindy soon learns not only how to write a lede, but also how to respectfully question authority, how to assert herself in a world run by men, and—as the Watergate scandal unfolds—how brave reporting and writing can topple a corrupt world leader. Searching for her own scoops, Cindy doesn’t always get it right, on paper or in real life. But whether she’s writing features about ghost hunters, falling off her bicycle and into her first crush, or navigating shifting friendships, Cindy grows wiser and more confident through every awkward and hilarious mistake.
My Review: I really liked reading this book because it shows how difficult and hard it is to stay “alive” in the middle school “jungle”. I was a little shocked at how much I liked this book considering how much I hate the 70’s but this book really changed my perspective.