Thursday, November 13

Genie Wishes

I'm talking about the Virtual Book Club book today! We meet on Twitter and you can join in too! Just follow along with #vbcbooks!

Genie Wishes
Elisabeth Dahl

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 9781419705267
Publisher: Henry A. Abrams
Date of publication: April 2, 2013
Age: Grades 4 - 7
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Themes: friendship, boy/girl interactions, growing up, blogging

Genie Haddock Kunkle has just been elected as the 5th grade class blogger, assigned to report on hopes, dreams, and wishes. But what sorts of things should she write about it? Plenty of changes abound: her best friend hangs around the boy-crazy, new girl more and more; bras, deodorant, and other such things are a popular topic of conversation; and her dad has a new girlfriend. So Genie starts writing about it all. She soon discovers her own hopes, dreams, and wishes and how they'll shape her school year.

Dahl has captured perfectly the struggles kids face when they reach THAT age. The age where everything starts changing and puberty kicks in. Genie, as a character, has just the right amount humor, fear, courage, and naivete. I wish I had had this book when I was at that age. Even now, I feel that I can really relate my growing up years to Genie and the decisions she has to make with friends and family. Also, I read it in one evening and didn't put it down once. Basically, it's a great book and I recommend it. Granted, remember that it is definitely targeted more towards girls, so you may want to take that into consideration.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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