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P.S. Be Eleven

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Tween coming-of-age set amid shifting family, '60s dynamics.

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Rita Williams-Garcia's follow-up to the award-winning One Crazy Summer is a rich and detailed novel with well-rounded characters. William-Garcia lets the characters evolve without fitting into tidy sterotypes. The three girls feel like kids you would find in any neighborhood in America.

This is also a wonderful book to help bring to life what it was like to grow up in a time with so much societal change. While the issues at hand may be different -- different wars, different societal constraints being challenged, etc. -- P.S. BE ELEVEN offers many parallels with what's happening in today's society. Minority groups still struggle to have their voices heard, middle school is still a hotbed of akwardness and rivalry, war still sends home wounded soldiers who struggle long after the bandages come off, and parents still strive to connect with their kids. Readers easily identify with the characters and their daily struggles and triumphs, making this a classic for the home library.

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