Books look at middle school, teenage life
GOSSIP FROM THE GIRLS' ROOM: A Blogtastic! Novel. By Rose Cooper. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 208 pages. $12.99. For ages 9-12.
Sophia's attempts at being one of the popular girls at Middlebrooke Middle School have been unsuccessful. So she uses her blog to post gossip about the popular girls. She soon discovers that one of the girls isn't as bad as she thought.
What's good: A humorous look at middle school kids trying to fit in.
What's bad: Too similar to other books.
THE BOY PROJECT: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister. By Kami Kinard. Scholastic Press. 256 pages. $12.99. For ages 9-12.
Fourteen-year-old Kara McAllister decides to get a boyfriend by following the scientific method. She observes the boys in her middle school. She compiles her research, takes detailed notes and makes elaborate charts. There are popularity battles, mean girls, lies and secrets mixed with introspection and humor. It adds up to a lesson in being true to one's self.
What's good: Funny observations of the teen psyche.
What's bad: Over-the-top boy crazy.
McGeath Freeman reviews children's books for Lowcountry Parent magazine. To see previous reviews, visit www.low countryparent.com.