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Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. At first it was just "cute" and "adorable," but as she's gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like "loser" and "pathetic" appear, and those words bubble up and itch. And then there are words like "interesting," which she's not really sure how to feel about.

Now, at age twelve, she's starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying "I know who you are, and I know what you're dealing with. I want to help." As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.

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"Cooper does an excellent job using the imagined [medical condition] to explore self-esteem issues, which are so prevalent at this precarious time in life. Middle grade readers will enjoy Elyse's wry observations about school and family life, and most will relate to the agony of dealing with being different, especially during those awkward preteen and teenage years....A quirky, clever, and lighthearted look at what it means to accept oneself." — Tabitha Nordby, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 13
Author Abby Cooper
ISBN 0374302871
Publication Date Jul 12, 2016
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Language English