Bethany's Readers' Advisory

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Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman March 21, 2013

GirlchildRory Hendrix has been told she is “third generation in a line of apparent imbeciles, feeble-minded bastards surely on the road to whoredom.” She lives in the Calle, a trailer park outside of Reno with her mother, Johanna, who works at the local bar. With the lack of role models in the home, Rory refers to the Girl Scout Handbook from her school library for guidance. Rory is smart in school and learns, sometimes the hard way, from her lifestyle. Will she ever make it out of the Calle?

This was a good book but it was a hard one to read. I’ve never been nor will I ever be rich, but I’m so far removed from this type of lifestyle that I had a hard time hearing about the things I’m sure are happening in the United States every day. This is definitely a book for older teens or adults; the content is heartbreaking and for mature audiences only.

3.5 out of 5 stars


Still Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper

Still Just GraceGrace and her best friend Mimi watch as a new boy moves in next door to Mimi. When Grace and her family leave for a trip to Chicago, Grace worries that Mimi will become friends with the new boy and disgusting Sammy while she is gone. When Grace returns, it seems as if her fears have come true. Also, her plan to convince her new student teacher not to call her Just Grace (she is one of four girls named Grace in her class) not only doesn’t work, but she must work with the other Graces, including Big Meanie, to do a big school project. Will things work out for Just Grace?

Our copy of the first book in the series, Just Grace, was checked out, but I hoped I would be able to catch up. Grace is a down-to-earth character with problems at school and navigating friendships that girls this age could relate to. She also solves problems in realistic and positive ways. I will recommend this to upper elementary girls.

3.5 out of 5 stars


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