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The Last Boy at St. Edith's

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun tale of boy at all-girls' school great for girls & boys.

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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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