The last year of elementary school is big for every kid. Christine Gouda faces change at every turn, starting with her own nickname -- Tink -- which just doesn't fit anymore. Readers will relate to this strong female protagonist whose voice rings with profound authenticity and absolute novelty, and her year's cringingly painful trials in normalcy -- uncomfortable Halloween costumes, premature sleepover parties, crushed crushes, and changing friendships. Throughout all this, Tink learns, what you call yourself, and how you do it, has a lot to do with who you are.
This book marks beloved author Karen Romano Young's masterful return to children's literature: a heartbreakingly honest account of what it means to be between girl and woman, elementary and middle school, inside and out -- and just what you name that in-between self.
"Written in third person and filled with the eccentric antics of sixth graders and astute observations about maturity and remaining true to oneself, this title is full of expertly developed characters and a plot that will have readers laughing on one page and empathizing with Tink on the next. Young perfectly captures the emotions of middle schoolers and their evolving friendships and familial relationships. A humorous, heartfelt portrayal of a sixth grader learning to stay true to herself." — Liz Anderson, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Author||Karen Romano Young|
|Publication Date||Aug 9, 2016|