Saturday, October 7, 2023

Starfish - book review #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.


Recommended by Zoe

The book Starfish written by Lisa Flipps is a realistic fiction. It tells about the story of Ellie, who is a girl that ever since her fifth birthday party, has been bullied about her weight. She made Fat Girl Rules to life by. She later meets her new neighbor Catalina, someone who doesn’t judge her for who she is, and her new therapist, a woman who helps Ellie stand up for herself through the bullying. Although Ellie sees herself as beautiful, she wishes that the rest of the world (especially her mother) could see through her eyes. 

One of the unique things about this book is that it is written in verse. If you like heartbreaking, sad, and emotional rollercoasters, this is the book for you. Starfish helps people to be who they want to be, no matter what the outside world says to them.

[Note from Katie ... rumor has it that a sequel is coming!]  

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