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Parents need to know that Spirit Week Showdown: The Magnificent Mya Tibbs, Book 1 introduces the very appealing, spunky Mya Tibbs, 9, and offers a nuanced view of girls' friendships rather than resorting to the stereotypical mean-girl drama common in middle-grade novels. The story deals with bullies, friendship, and the occasional hog-tying of a student. In one incident, a student threatens to beat up another in defense of his sister, who's being picked on. Overall, Spirit Week Showdown is filled with positive messages and is a fine choice for families looking for books with diverse characters.
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What's the story?
Nine-year-old Mya Tibbs has a great best friend, a cool brother, and a plan for winning the Spirit Week challenges so that she and her best friend Naomi get the VIP badges to the town fair. Things go very wrong when Mya is paired up with Mean Connie, a bully Naomi knows from her old school. Over the week, however, Mya discovers things aren't what they appear, and she has to make a decision about what kind of friend she wants to be.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about mean girls and how to deal with them. Do you have girls in your school who target and bully others? How can you help encourage empathy among students?
Naomi and Mya both have loyal friends, but that loyalty is sometimes misplaced. How do you stand up to a friend who's wrong?
The Tibbs kids have both teachers and their parents to talk to when things get tough. Do you have someone you trust whom you can talk to? Why is that important?
- Author: Crystal Allen
- Illustrator: Eda Kaban
- Genre: Friendship
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray
- Publication date: January 26, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 240
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 18, 2020
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