Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

ARTICHOKE’S HEART, by Suzanne Supplee

It's what's inside that counts

It's what's inside that counts

Plump Rosemary got called “Artichoke” when she showed up in a green jacket way back in 6th grade.  Now in high school, she’s still watching the cute, thin girls getting primped up for dances at her mother’s beauty salon while she’s handing out the towels.  When Rosemary finally hits 200 pounds, she knows that it’s time to do something.  But what?  The 3-day-old bad mayonnaise trick is so gross that she doesn’t dare try THAT again. 

 So what’s more important?  The book, or the cover?  Rosemary discovers that a boy can like an overweight girl, even as she begins a long journey to slim down.  This book is funny, sad, and true-to-life and shows that heavy girls can be more than just the sum of their parts.

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