Sassy Series

Fun, family-oriented series for middle schoolers.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Interesting tidbits that kids will absorb without really trying, whether it's folk stories or information on sea turtles.

Positive messages

Each story shows the family's great relationship.

Positive role models

Adult figures are present, engaged, and participate in constructive and
loving dialogue with the kids. The kids are respectful, happy,
supportive, and inquisitive with occasional moments of sibling rivalry.


Mild instances only that don't result in injuries: characters get trapped in an elevator during a black-out, a hurricane strikes and the family hears lots of wind and trees falling, and airport security searches one of the main character's possessions by hand.

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Mention of some brands, mostly junk food including Life Savers and Jolly Ranchers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a lighthearted, happy look at middle school and family life. There's no questionable content.

What's the story?

Sassy Simone Sanford is the smallest in her class. She's the youngest in her family, and everyone calls her "Little Sister." She's got wild, unruly hair, and she has to wear a boring blue and white uniform to school every day. That's the bad news. The good news is that she has a super cool grandma, a big imagination, and her sparkly "Sassy Sack" that's filled to the brim with goodies and what-nots that are sure to get her out of any jam. Her family always finds themselves in an interesting and sometimes scary situation, but as long as they have each other they know they'll be OK.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of being honest with the people you love. Sassy and her siblings learn there are times to speak up and express your feelings.

  • Is there something your family or friends do that bugs you? Have you ever told them? Why or why not?

  • Do you have an item that you take with you everywhere? Sassy has her sassy sack, how does having it make her feel? How does your special item make you feel?

Book details

Author:Sharon M. Draper
Genre:Family Life
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Scholastic Press
Publication date:March 1, 2009
Number of pages:112
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Read aloud:9
Read alone:9

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old December 11, 2010
age 10+
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old August 25, 2011
age 10+

these books are good for childern

I think it is an educatinoal for cilddren to read these sassy books & can make any child to understand . These stories it make chlidern fill like somebody to understand them
What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 11 years old December 29, 2010
age 7+

Great Read

one of the best books i read last summer
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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