The girl with 500 middle names
The Girl with 500 Middle Names by Margaret Peterson HaddixI thought this was a really nice and age appropriate way to introduce social class and money issues. I also appreciated the wide range of attitudes and emotions; the main character was likable but not perfect, and she explored her emotions throughout the story in a believable way.
Personal Response: This was an interesting way to introduce social class and the discomfort people can feel when it comes to money matters. Janie is a very likable character and I rooted for her family’s success. The underlying message is important and presented in a creative way.
Evaluation: Although this book addresses social class and the discomfort people feel with money differences, children will relate to Janie’s worries about fitting in at school. All children have felt left out or different in some way; Janie’s preoccupation with how she appears to her classmates and the walls she puts up to protect herself will feel familiar to the reader. Janie’s perspective in the story also feels authentic; she isn’t reduced to a simple stereotype but instead works through many different feelings and reactions throughout the story, showing growth in how she responds to any problems that arise. Hamlin only includes a few drawings to accompany the text, but they effectively capture of the facial expressions of those around Janie and her own diverse emotions.
Common Middle Names That Deserve To Be First Names
ISBN 13: 9780689841361
It's hard enough being the new kid in school. It's even tougher when all of your new classmates live in big houses and wear expensive clothes, while your parents have little and are risking everything just to give you a chance at a better life. Now Janie's about to do something that will make her stand out even more among the rich kids at Satterthwaite School. Something that will have everyone wondering just who Janie Sams really is. And something that will mean totally unexpected changes for Janie and her family. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.
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