Monday, March 23, 2015


A review by Theresa from the Children's Room: 

For most people the fourth grade isn’t a major roadblock, reading, times tables and cursive writing have all been mastered. The social aspects are mostly easily navigated. However for Lucy in Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel what should have been the biggest day of the year, the one that would guarantee her position as the coolest girl in the fourth grade instead ends up plummeting her down to the dork table in the cafeteria.

It was the day that she and her best friend Becky were to kiss the boys they liked at recess on the playground with their class looking on, but sadly for Lucy when it came time to do it all she could muster was the briefest of pecks while Becky’s smooch was worthy of an Oscar. Overnight Lucy found herself with a green finger from a supposed diamond ring, hated by the boy she kissed, dumped by her best friend because of her new lack of social status, big sister to a baby born with Down’s Syndrome, ignored and unloved by parents who are preoccupied by the new arrival and eating lunch with a group of what she considers to be the school losers. Lucy’s trials and how she ultimately deals them are what makes this a solid and honest story that even a boy might like. 

For grades 4-7.

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