I sure do.
It seems that there are always issues with opening your locker, with showers during PE, with friends — and those who aren’t your friends, with your face breaking out in zits, and with feelings of insecurity.
Boy, howdy, I’m glad those days are long gone.
Gaby and The Best Middle School Self-Defense Book Ever by Linda Elkin is a delightful novel that covers the woes and angst that girls face during those middle school years.
As Gaby, the main character in the novel, starts the seventh grade, her two best friends dump her. Gaby doesn’t know why.
Then, she is assigned a huge term project where she has to write a non-fiction book on any topic. To top it all off, Lily, a VERY unpopular girl, wants to spend a lot of time with her. Blech!
Gaby’s beside herself. “Poor defenseless kids as young as ten years old are sent off into the cold cruel world of middleschoolness,” she moans.
As she navigates her way through seventh grade, Gaby decides she likes Lily. Gaby is grateful for Lily’s help on the term project. Together, they decide to write a self help book about the problems that students face in middle school.
They write a chapter on overcoming shyness, on winning and making friends, on being bullied, on problems with parents, on dealing with school stress, and on how to get someone to like you.
By the end of the book, Gaby and Lily have completed their term project, they’ve come to terms with their friendship, and life is looking good for them.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It has a cute story — one that will appeal to probably every 7th grade girl because they are either currently experiencing the same issues or will face them sometime during their middle school and junior high school years.
The author seamlessly weaves good advice into the plot. The reader learns ways to solve problems that they will face in middle school all the while they are enjoying a good story. Kudos to Linda Elkin!
Do you have a granddaughter that is in middle school — or will soon be in middle school? I highly recommend that you give this book to her. She will identify with Gaby and Lily. She will enjoy the plot. And in the process, she will learn some tips and tricks on issues that will face her at school. By the end of the book, she will have confidence that she can face and conquer those pesky issues.
You can find this book on Amazon.com for under $9 in paperback or $3.00 for a Kindle version.
I highly recommend this book! And, I highly recommend that you, too, read the book. That way, you can discuss it with your granddaughter and see if she is facing some of the same problems. And maybe together, you can find solutions to them.
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(Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book to review. However, it did not influence my opinion of it in any way. And, I do not make any money if you purchase the book.)