Saturday, January 25, 2014

Best of 2013: Challenges of Adolescence

One of the many items enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2013, recommended for your consideration:

About Average, by Andrew Clements, addresses the human need to feel special in some way. The 6th-grade protagonist, Jordan, is average in about every way. She feels good about herself in two areas: babysitting and gardening. A rather mean classmate finds out about her feeling good about these two things and uses this information to belittle her. Clements finds a way in the story to empower the protagonist and deal with the bully. Jordan also discovers something at which she is really special. I thought the story was realistic and empowering.

Reviewed by Joanne R., reference librarian

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