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  • Published: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2003.
  • Year Published: 2003
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Description: 246 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 790

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0763619582 :
  • 9780763620912 (trade pbk.)



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The earth, my butt, and other big, round things

by Mackler, Carolyn.

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Call number: Teen Fiction, R Printz Honor 2004

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Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

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Highly Recommended

Virginia's fat and, since her best friend moved to Walla Walla Washington, friendless. Initially Virginia tries to improve her situation, but after her perfect brother is accused of date rape, she finds it impossible to deal.

Virginia's straight-talking, pessimistically honest tone brings readers right into her life and her problems. Though readers may not have experienced everything Virginia faces-- body image issues, loneliness, trouble relating to parents, etc.-- they will likely connect on some level. While providing a full character and driving story, Mackler also demonstrates how teens can healthily (and unhealthily) react to their issues. And even though the book covers serious subject matter, Virginia's wry voice brings a bit of levity without dismissing the importance of the challenges.

Highly recommended.

amazing book

this is a relly good book...i spent just bout every night reading....it was good because me myslef is a little over weight

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