Friday, May 4, 2012

Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School

Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School (Ellie #2)
Ruth McNally Barshaw
Bloomsbury, 2009
$12.99, Hardcover
March 11th, 2012

Genre: Realistic, Humor
Age: 7+
Description: Ellie’s family is moving and she has to be the new kid at a new school. Her older sister and brother have no trouble fitting right in, but Ellie finds herself stuck with teachers who can’t remember her name and kids who play a cruel game of “New Kid Bingo” behind her back. When Ellie begins to lead a nonviolent protest against the long lines at lunch and the food in general, friendships might not be too far behind.
Opinion: The Ellie books are hilarious and fun. Written in a fancy typeface for handwriting and crammed with lots of illustrations and doodles by “Ellie” the journal style really helps get you inside of Ellie’ head and makes you really feel for her, including all her frustrations, insecurities, nervousness, and sibling drama.

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