Twerp

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Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

7 word review:  Journaling helps Julian work though poor choice(s).

Stand-alone novel.  Realistic fiction.  Share with ages 9-14.

While this is technically historical fiction (it’s set in the 1960’s), it reads like realistic fiction: the fast-paced, first-person narrative of 6th grader Julian.  He, along with his posse of friends, stars in a novel that gives a fresh take on bullies and bullying behavior.  Desperate to get out of a paper on Shakespeare, Julian agrees to write what happened between him and Danley Dimmel (and that posse of friends) that caused him a week-long suspension.  Seeing life through Julian’s eyes – including his friendships, first dates, older sister and more – was truly enjoyable.  A great read.

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