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Spirit Week Showdown: Magnificent Mya Tibbs, Book 1

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Layered, fun romp focuses on friendship and trust.

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Kids will fall in love with Mya and her outsize, sweet spirit, and parents will be happy to hand their kid a book that doesn't perpetuate stereotypes of girl friendships. With its multilayered approach to friendship dynamics, this nuanced, heartfelt, and realistic middle-grade novel excels where so many fail. Author Crystal Allen shuns the flat good-girl-vs.-mean-girl tropes and instead writes characters as full as the kids you know.

Each character has distinct motivations and must decide what kind of person she wants to be. It's a question characters ask and answer often as each situation arises, as opposed to having a dramatic decision at the climax of the story. Another wonderful aspect is that adult support is readily available but fluid enough to allow the kids to work through their processes. It's a nice departure from kid lit that often sees adults painted as out-of-touch dorks.

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