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Recommended books for grades 5-8

WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES, by Susin Nielsen

molecules

The story: Two kids who would never be friends in the real world end up in the same house when their parents move in together. Stewart’s a geek still trying to deal with his mother’s death, as well as with Ashley’s total lack of smarts; Ashley is a fashionista who finds Stewart a total freakazoid. And then there’s her dad, whose boyfriend just moved in with him next door–what a social disaster! When Stewart tries to save Ashley from the clutches of the totally-hot-but-totally-evil Jared, her reaction is just about what you’d expect. How will they ever figure each other out?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Stewart and Ashley have nothing in common, but their coming together as sort-of siblings is surprising, realistic, and proves that you can have commonalities with anyone, as long as you try hard enough: after all, we’re all made of molecules.

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