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Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Powerful, emotional novel tackles bullying and friendship.

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Tae Keller's powerful and emotional coming-of-age novel about bullying and friendship is a must-read for tweens. Being the new kid in school is hard, but even more so when people alienate you because of your passions and interests. However, Jennifer is a breath of fresh air. She's confident and unafraid to be herself even when others pretend to be her friend.

Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone brilliantly alternates between Mallory's past and present perspectives, providing several instances of Mallory feeling uncomfortable with all the bullying. Readers will feel frustrated when she chooses to stay silent, but they'll love when she finally takes ownership of her behavior and learns that actions speak louder than words. As Mallory searches for Jennifer and questions what it means to be a good person, kids will see the importance of courage, curiosity, kindness, and forgiveness as she makes amends with herself and others.

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