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The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracy
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The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracy
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Feb 14, 2012 | ISBN 9780375845475

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    Feb 14, 2012 | ISBN 9780375845475 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

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“Bessica’s voice is funny, goofy, anxious, and absolutely emotionally authentic . . . Readers negotiating their own middle-school minefields or soaking up all the preparatory information they can find will breathlessly follow Bessica’s escapades.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review

“Both family and school are believable, but, appropriately, this is all about Bessica, a character whose newfound bear persona schoolmates and readers alike can applaud.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Although it’s not always easy to like Bessica, it is hard not to laugh with her as she loses her cool in the presence of her hunky teenage neighbor, jump ropes her way into the role of school mascot in furry pants, and tries to make nice with the school bullies. A supporting star of the story is Bessica’s tech-savvy grandma, who, even while away on a spelunking trip with her latest man friend, reminds Bessica of the power of positive thinking. Grandma also illustrates the important moral of this story: “Look for happiness and you’ll find it.”” —Booklist

“A fun and realistic story of a girl reinventing herself. . . . The reader cannot help but cheer her on–her voice is funny and true and very sympathetic. Many a middle school girl will find a piece of herself in Bessica Lefter.” —VOYA

“[Bessica] is an “everytween” with the typical myopia of the age, and as such many readers will relate to her struggle to find a place to belong and applaud her hard-won position in the middle-school hierarchy.” —School Library Journal

“This is a story about the perils of middle school, with a strong and irresistible protagonist. . . . Bessica’s determination is infectious, and courageous. Faced with one humiliation after another, she manages to triumph, and it makes the ending that much more of a payoff. Tracy uses just the right touch of humor to keep the story fun, yet still take seriously some painful side effects of growing up.” —Parents’ Choice


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