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Author: Melina Marchetta

Illustrator: Liz Steketee

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Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Franchesca has changed schools and is facing new problems. She has only a few friends at her new school, most of her friends from before seem to have abandoned her. She is also trying to figure out more about a boy she likes. This is a young adult novel focusing on the things that are important to and affect teenagers.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 10 to 13; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 10 to 13

Reading Level: 4.8

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: It is a great book that young readers can relate to. It mentions many of the things young teens are facing today. I suggest it for readers in 8th and 9th grade.

Adult Reader Reaction: None offered.

Pros: It is a book that teenagers will relate to.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. There are few books that teens will want to have and hold on to.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GIRL, 15, CHARMING BUT INSANE   LEAP DAY  

Educational Themes: There are none to speak of, other than offering teen girls the empathy of someone else's situation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - young adult, humor, coming of age

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2004

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