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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf

A Year Told Through Stuff

Illustrated by Elicia Castaldi

Ginny has ten items on her big to-do list for seventh grade. None of them, however, include accidentally turning her hair pink. Or getting sent to detention for throwing frogs in class. Or losing the lead role in the ballet recital to her ex-best friend. Or the thousand other things that can go wrong between September and June. But it looks like it’s shaping up to be that kind of a year!

As readers follow Ginny throughout the story of her year, told entirely through her stuff—notes from classmates, school reports, emails, poems, receipts, and cartoons from her perpetually-in-trouble older brother Harry—a portrait emerges of a funny, loveable, thoughtful girl struggling to be herself…whoever that person turns out to be.

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Jenni Holm is the Newbery Honor-winning author of Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise, and the BabyMouse graphic novel series. She lives in Northern California with her family.

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Beehive Award Master List (UT)
  • NAPPA Gold Award Winner
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List (VT)
  • Charlotte Award Ballot (NY)
  • West Virginia Children's Book Award Master List

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