Friday, September 01, 2006


THE NEW GIRL by Jacqui Roberts, illustrated by Matt Phelan (Atheneum)
When the teacher suggests the class make Shakeeta feel at home, observant Mia can’t help wondering if Shakeeta could possibly feel that way being so far from her pet iguana (whatever that is…Mia speculates its some kind of dinosaur), where boys tease and call names (Shakeeta threatens to punch the perpetrator in the head, which only makes it harder for Mia to approach her) and where kids leave other kids out of soccer games. In a quiet moment, shy Mia gets up the gumption to bring Shakeeta into the classroom family fold. This realistic picture book naturally depicts a lively multicultural school environment, and the light sketchy line nicely matches the tenuousness of the friendship unfolding. A sensitive story sans saccharine. (6 and up)

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1 comment:

lyndieloo said...

Congratulations on your new job! I love being a librarian so much that I don't even think of it as being a job! I shared my well read and loved copy of "Sahara Special" with my principal (also a lover of books) and she loved it so much that she had me purchase 75 copies of it for our staff to read. She wants our school to be "the sort of place that inspires you to write long sentences about the shapes of clouds and the smell of things growing." I can hardly wait to read about Paris in your next book, I'm counting the days till it comes out. Thank you for your wonderful books and website.


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