Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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age 10+

A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.

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age 11+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 10+

Based on 137 reviews

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age 10+

Good for kids who are comfortable with relationship topics but has serious issues.

This book has great things to say about tolerance for people who are different, about kindness, and about the real conflict kids feel between being accepted by peers and being true to ones self, but my son had some serious problems being required to read this book in middle school. The boy in this book becomes obsessed with the title character in a way that if a real child did would be troubling. He stalks her and rather than this being interpreted as negative behavior is accepted as cute. It also promotes an ideation of sympathetic girls as ego-less and tolerant of abuse. Rather than being viewed as a person she is a puzzle to be solved. In addition my son forced to read this in school and discuss it has serious difficulty when pubescent attraction is discussed.
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Book Details

  • Author: Jerry Spinelli
  • Genre: School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publication date: September 7, 2003
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 186
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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