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Barely Floating

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Feel-good, middle-grade story brimming with positivity.

Barely Floating book cover: A girl with dark brown skin wearing a sparkly yellow bathing suit rises from the surface of a swimming pool while four swimmers below the surface form a star around her

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This lively and engaging story holds up well thanks to relatable narrator Nat. Barely Floating takes on some important issues, but their seriousness is balanced by main character Nat's sense of empowerment and good sense of humor. Lilliam Rivera keeps the story moving at an even clip with entertaining dialogue and intriguing, well-developed characters. This fresh middle grade story takes on body positivity, anti-fat and racial bias, community, family, and equal access to sports, and readers will cheer for Nat as she proves wrong anyone who tells her she can't do something.

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