Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Reel Life Starring Us by Lisa Greenwald
Dina is new at school, but when the teacher matches her up on a project with Chelsea, the queen bee at school, she thinks has it made. Not so...
Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you). This is written ages 10-14 and is being published this month. Check with your local bookstore for a copy.
Dina was popular at her old school, but doesn't know any of the children in her new school yet. Since there seem to be a lot of cliques and she doesn't fit in yet, she amuses herself by taking pictures. She has no idea where this is going to take her...
Chelsea had mono and missed a month of school but didn't expect her friends to start a project without her. Then when she laughs at the new girl, she gets punished by having to work on a project with her. The worst part is that it's making a video about the school.
Ms. Greenwald has good insight into the difficulty of changing schools as well as how children are impacted by a parent's job loss. The two girls dance around each other trying to work on a project that Chelsea could care less about and with Dina trying to not to let Chelsea know she has found out Chelsea's financial status has changed. It's a delicate situation handled well.
If you have a fretful teen who thinks his or her troubles are new ones and they are alone in the world, this an excellent read to let them know it's the same everywhere. All children have weird parents and unique problems, don't you know?
If you would like my copy of this ARC, leave a comment here on my blog and email me at info at bookfaerie.com with your name AND ADDRESS and tell me you'd like to read this book. I'll do a drawing in about a week.