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The 47 people you'll meet in middle school, Kristin Mahoney

Label
The 47 people you'll meet in middle school
Title
The 47 people you'll meet in middle school
Statement of responsibility
Kristin Mahoney
Title variation
Forty-seven people you will meet in middle school
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Augusta writes letters to her younger sister, Louie, about life in middle school, from tackling a new school building to meeting new people like the assistant principal, the class pet, and the renegade
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Character
Review
  • Grades 4-7 Middle school is a strange time, and Augusta (or Gus) isn’t sure how to handle it all. Her parents are getting divorced, her best friend is going to a different school, a group of mean girls is teasing her, and she’s not sure who would make a good new friend. Through chapters conceptualized as a list of letters to a younger sister, Gus tells about all the people she’s met in school, chronicling her journey of awkward moments, new friendships, emotional turmoil, and that middle-grade feeling of wondering what others think of you and not being sure who you are. Mahoney writes with painful accuracy of what it’s like to experience the tween years, and her description of middle school will have kids nodding their heads in agreement. As Gus finds her voice and her village, the story reminds readers that they aren’t alone in navigating the wild waters of middle school. A pitch-perfect must-read for tweens seeking comfort about growing up. -- Sarah Bean Thompson (Reviewed 7/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 21, p67)
  • Gr 4–6—An insightful and humorous tale of transitioning from elementary to middle school. Gus, short for Augusta, is a brand-new sixth grader at Meridian Middle School. Not only does she have to start her new school with glasses even though her parents promised she could have contacts, but her BFF has to go to a completely different school. The book is written as a letter to Gus's fourth grader sister who keeps asking about middle school but is ignored while Gus deals with her own issues. As readers follow Gus in her journey navigating the ins and outs of middle school and her parents' divorce, they are introduced to people, both friends and enemies, she meets along the way. Old acquaintances turn into good friends, bad and good teachers' classrooms are navigated, and Mahoney explores physical assault and consent through the inclusion of an older student who likes to "goose" girls' behinds. The book never really mentions any character's physical traits beyond their hair color and style. VERDICT Smart, funny, and well paced, this is a solid purchase for any older elementary or middle school collection.—Sara Brunkhorst, Glenview Public Library, IL --Sara Brunkhorst (Reviewed 08/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 7, p69)
  • /* Starred Review */ On the last day of school before Thanksgiving break, sixth-grader Augusta begins a letter to her younger sister, Louisa, whose curiosity about middle school life usually receives an “it’s fine, whatever.” The missive tells Lou what to expect (“Lockers are not as exciting as everyone thinks they’ll be”), and subsequent chapters detail the people one meets in middle school via Gus’s experience during her first months. (Entries include “the huggers,” “the scary teacher,” and “the friend you don’t recognize because she turned into a whole new person over the summer.”) Gus’s best friend is loving life at a different school, but Gus struggles to find pals who truly get her, deal with a group of bullying girls, and adjust to her parents’ divorce. The narrative reveals Gus to be a sympathetically flawed character whose growth is realistically wrought as she seeks to find herself and her village, and secondary characters are fully fleshed out as well. Mahoney authentically captures the universal indignities of middle school, the challenges of self-discovery, and the joy of making true friends. Ages 8–12. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 06/10/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 23, p)
  • Augusta is starting middle school—and dealing with her parents' recent divorce as well. Gus tells the story as a letter for her younger sister, Louisa, to read later. This useful narrative tool also enables her to gradually discover and reveal that Lou is having lots of trouble coping with the parental breakup too even though Gus is initially too wrapped up in herself to notice. Gus encounters lots of new people in middle school, as well as some whom she previously knew but who have remade themselves in not-always-pleasant ways. Among these are her former BFF, Layla, who's attending a different school, and the previously annoyingly clingy Marcy, who has now attached herself to a couple of unkind and remarkably condescending other girls. From the Binaca breath spray-addicted Mr. Smeed to Nick, whom Gus has known for years but who is now becoming interesting in a novel, unexpected way, characters are believably well drawn, as are the humiliations and the ultimate redemption that Gus discovers. Some of the episodes, like Gus' Binaca-based gambling pool, are laugh-out-loud funny. While Mahoney's road map to middle school won't become required reading, it's a fine and highly recommended travelogue for those just entering that uncharted territory. Gus presents white on the cover; though she's surrounded by a multiracial cast there, descriptors within are few. Amusing, enlightening, and ideal for a final read just before middle school. (Fiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10792305
Cataloging source
MLSOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mahoney, Kristin
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.M34674
LC item number
Fo 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sisters
  • Letters
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
  • Sisters
  • Letters
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The 47 people you'll meet in middle school, Kristin Mahoney
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Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition: August 2019.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9781524765132
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1090890620
  • (OCoLC)on1090890620
  • 637034
Label
The 47 people you'll meet in middle school, Kristin Mahoney
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition: August 2019.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9781524765132
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1090890620
  • (OCoLC)on1090890620
  • 637034

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