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

SHORT, by Holly Goldberg Sloan


The story: Julia doesn’t want to let being short define her, which is why it’s weird when she ends up being cast as a Munchkin in a summer theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz”and finds herself really liking it.  Hanging out with theatre folks, learning the slang, and scoring a slot as a flying (ahem, winged) monkey help her realize there’s a lot more to art than cutting stuff out of construction paper. And it just might help her get over Ramon’s death too. (Then they could brush all that dog hair off the back seat.)

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Here’s a charming story with a laugh-out-loud narrator who’s smarter than she thinks.  Check out all of Holly Goldberg Sloan’s great stories.


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