A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lengthy, well-written chapter book an easy hook for middle school readers, even reluctant ones. Gives a glimpse of life at an all-girls' school.
Sometimes, trying to fit in can make you stand out in ways you never imagined. Even if you're a boy who doesn't have many men to look up to, the women around you can help you grow and develop into the man you want to become.
Positive Role Models
While Jeremy is in the midst of his middle school crisis, his bright friends and hardworking single mother provide guidance and positive examples for him to follow, despite his lack of a male role model.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lee Gjertsen Malone's The Last Boy At St. Edith's is a fun, lighthearted middle grade novel about a boy trying desperately to get kicked out of the all-girls' prep school he finds himself trapped in. While his pranks inevitably escalate out of control, Jeremy's struggle to belong is relatable and relevant, especially as boy-girl friendships have become increasingly common and important in the lives of modern middle schoolers.
Is It Any Good?
This charming, playful, and exciting novel is a breezy page-turner that's perfectly suited for middle school readers. This age is tough for different kids for different reasons, but Jeremy's story is universal because it grapples with the feeling young people often have that they don't belong where they are, and if they could only be somewhere else with new people, everything would be better. Jeremy's friends are strong and dynamic female characters who prove to him that even though he doesn't have many men to look up to, the women around him can help him grow and develop into the man he wants to become.
Brief interjections from the gossip blog Prep School Confidential serve as entertaining interludes throughout the novel, offering a glimpse into the modern middle school experience, which is intertwined with social media and the Internet rumor mill. The book is a solid read for both boys and girls, as it provides interesting windows into the preteen mindset of both genders as they haphazardly try to find their place in a rapidly changing social dynamic.
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