Brilliant. Best-ever. That was how grade seven was supposed to be, but so far things aren’t turning out as well as Clarissa Delaney had planned. It’s hard enough being the unexceptional daughter of a bona-fide beauty queen, but lately her best friend Benji can’t seem to stand up for himself, Michael Greenblat keeps giving her strange gifts and Mattie Cohen, world-class goody-two-shoes, seems to think they are friends. Things can’t possibly get any worse . . . Or can they?
In this year of surprises, you’ll laugh as Clarissa tackles boys, bullies and the one B word she can’t bring herself to say.
Vikki VanSickle’s Words that Start with B (Scholastic Canada) follows almost-thirteen-year-old Clarissa Delaney as she deals with the confusing, funny, frustrating world of Grade 7. From boys to bullies to breasts, VanSickle gets right into the middle-school mindset.
Where was this book when I was twelve? Seriously, it would have been such a big help when dealing with the mindboggling ups and downs of puberty! Words that Start with B really spoke to my inner, socially awkward tween and I couldn’t help but love Clarissa. I saw a bit of Young-Me in her, but I also saw someone I wished Young-Me was like. She is spunky and not afraid to stand up to bullies or speak up for her friends. She’s stubborn and has a temper, but she is also fun, witty, and very brave. I’d like to think that Clarissa and Tween-Me would have been good friends… And Benji, too—poor, lovable Benji! I have no doubt that tweens today will find a friend in this spirited protagonist.
Clarissa’s middle-grade antics will have you laughing, tearing up, and wanting to watch Full House re-runs while chowing down on pizza with your BFF. Words that Start with B is comforting, entertaining and heart-warming. It is a book every girl about to battle the teen-years should have in her arsenal.
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