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Holm has done a great job with Babymouse and she does not disappoint here.  This is the story of Ginny Davis, a 7th grader, who is having a rough year.  Told through To Do lists, IMs, homework, notes, letters, and report cards, you delve into the world of Ginny and all the trials and tribulations of being in middle school.  The format reminds me of the Regarding the Fountain books by Klise.  Kids are always asking for books in this format, but there jsut aren’t a lot out there.  Though this book seems light and funny, it does have a serious undertone.  Ginny is happy, but life at home is not perfect and slowly as the year progresses, her grades and attitude slip.  Luckily she has her fairy godmother (her grandpa), her friends, and a couple teachers.  This is a rough year not only because it is 7th grade, but also because Ginny acquires a stepfather and her brother turns into a juvenile delinquent.  That would stress any girl out.  I am always surprised by how much you can learn about a character from books like this since there is not narration, you have to draw the conclusions yourself.  I really loved reading about Ginny’s life and hope that we get to heard what happens next.

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In the author’s second work after Al Capone Does My Shirts, I had to wonder if the new book would be as entertaining as the first.  Thankfully, it was.  This is the story of Kirsten and Walk (short for Walker).  Walk has just started a preppy, expensive new school where he is the scholarship student.  Kirsten has just gained tons of weight and seems to have lost her best friend.  Their worlds are in turmoil and they end up becoming friends (nothing more don’t worry this is not one of those stories) .  This is a great story with a major surprise that really looks at what it means to be a family.  The book switched off perspectives between Walk and Kirsten which gives you many sides to what life is like for these two middle schoolers.  It is a strong story and it does not wrap up all the conflicts at the end.  Not to say it leaves you feeling unsatisfied, only that life does not have a happy little red bow at the end of things on it, but is a constantly moving stream.  I can’t wait to see what Gennifer dishes out next.  All her tales get to the heart of people and allow you to see life through their eyes (which may sometimes be a little like yours)

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