Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters
Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters
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Annotation: Twelve-year-old Lizbeth is determined to get rid of her dad's new girlfriend and make friends at her new school-neither of which turns out to be as easy as she expects.
Catalog Number: #218044
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 274 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-541-59613-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-541-59613-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019034457
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
While coping with her parents’ divorce, a sixth grader inadvertently helps save her school’s art program and stands up to bullies.Although forced to move across Atlanta and finish sixth grade in a new school because of her parents’ divorce, Lizbeth has a plan to become popular and break up her dad and his new girlfriend, Claire. Having to wear a nametag on her first day and being seated in a pod with the Weirdos are just the start of her plan’s unraveling. Lively episodes involving cheese, a SuperChicken graphic novel, an automatic-flush toilet, and more help the lactose-intolerant, cosplay-loving preteen recognize the mean-girl spirit in her class, that her podmates are genuine friends, and that Claire is as fierce as she is. They also balance the real-life anger and trauma Lizbeth experiences from the divorce. Seamlessly woven into the sixth grader’s woes are the bullying of Joseph, one of her new friends, and the potential loss of the arts program in her underfunded school. The author also smoothly depicts bullying differences between genders. A satisfying, climactic twist begins resolution to all of these problems while the linked storylines work together to keep any one dilemma from turning the book into an “issue” novel. Lizbeth presents white on the cover, and the book seems to assume a white default despite its Atlanta setting.Disasters averted in this realistic yet amusing take on sixth grade life. (recipes) (Fiction. 9-12)
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Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Guided Reading Level: X
Fountas & Pinnell: X

Fun, funny, and fully heartfelt. Everyone needs true-blue friends like Lizbeth's. SuperChicken for life. --Kristin L. Gray, author of The Amelia Six and Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge One of those books that explores difficult topics--divorce, a new school, being dubbed a weirdo--with grace and good humor. --Rebecca Petruck, author of Boy Bites Bug and Steering Toward Normal This hilarious and heartfelt gem is moving straight to my favorites shelf. --Lisa Lewis Tyre, author of Last in a Long Line of Rebels and Hope in the Holler Twelve-year-old Lizbeth always has a plan, and those plans have usually worked--until now. No matter what she tries, she can't get rid of her dad's new girlfriend, Claire. And when she and her mom move, Lizbeth has to join a sixth-grade class already in progress, where her teacher makes her wear a name tag and she's seated with three notorious weirdos. When faced with mandatory participation in a school talent show, Lizbeth and the Weirdos decide to create self portraits. Reluctantly, Lizbeth finds herself becoming friends with people she thought she had nothing in common with--and coming to terms with the things she can't control.

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