Thursday, February 18, 2016

Plastic Polly by Jenny Lundquist - ESSENTIAL

Lundquist, Jenny Plastic Polly, 231 pages.  Aladdin Mix (Simon), 2015.  $7.  Content: G. 

When Polly and her two best friends enter middle school, Polly decided to join the popular crowd with Kelsey, instead of the Dungeon (where the artistic types hang out) with her friend Alyssa.  Now Kelsey is supposed to be the PlanMaster of the annual talent show contest between their school and their rivals.  When Kelsey is injured, however, Polly has to take over and she is not sure (nor is anyone else) that she is good for anything except for doing what Kelsey tells her to do.  The key to finding her way may be to apologize to Alyssa – can Polly do that, or is she really the Plastic girl everyone says she is?

Lundquist knows all about the insecurities of middle school girls.   Her voice, while exaggerated (I think, because after 26 years of teaching middle school I still don’t really see this extreme), is authentic, exposing the insecurities and stereotypes of growing up.  Don’t dismiss this pink cover!

EL - OPTIONAL, MS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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