Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
Joy is a tomboy and perfectly happy with that. She plays basketball with the boys, including her good friend Jake. She wears baggy jeans, tennis shoes and tee shirts. And she never worries about make-up or hair. But now that she's in seventh grade she notices that other girls seem to be different from her. When she sees new boy Santiago playing basketball she decides she wants to try to get his attention so she begins to try some new things as well. This story, told in free verse, is about a girl growing up but then coming to terms with being herself. It's a fine story, but there is nothing gripping about it and Joy's realization about being herself seems to come about awfully fast for a middle school girl.