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

THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE, by Kat Yeh

Twinkie pie

The story: When Gigi’s sister wins a million dollars in a cooking contest, two trailer park girls from South Carolina make their move to Long Island – to a prep school for Gigi (who now wants to be called Leia) and a super beauty salon job for DiDi. Along the way, Leia finds new friends, a couple of snooty new enemies, and finds most of all that changing your name doesn’t change who you are deep inside. (But sometimes it takes a bit of help to figure out just who that is!) A wild midnight train ride leads Leia to the truth about her long-lost–and presumed dead–Mama, about her over-protective sister, and about how you can really tell who’s really your friend (and exactly who might be boyfriend material!).

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Here’s a fun story (complete with recipes!) about a girl trying to figure out just who she is amidst a whole lot of upheaval in her life. Leia (aka GiGi) is a smart, spunky narrator, and although life at her new school isn’t perfect, it isn’t completely awful, either.  As Leia gradually finds new friends and redefines her relationship with DiDi, the ending is just right for a story about a 7th grade girl trying to find her way.

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