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Author: Eileen Boggess

Illustrator: Tammy Sneath Grimes, cover

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Publisher: Bancroft Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: Mia Fullerton enters the freshman class at St. Hilary’s next week. She has been nervously preparing for this event, expecting that it will provide her with an opportunity to lose her dreaded nickname “Mia the meek." Her goal for freshman year is to work on her self-esteem. She is trying to figure out what activities to do and who to be friends with. Bright, athletic, sensitive, and funny, Mia applies herself to her goal but, her 12-year-old brother is a pain; her mother is her English teacher; her best friend Lisa, nominates her for class president; and then, there’s boys, Jake and Tim. Can Mia or Wonder Woman, herself, meet the challenges that lie ahead? This is a chapter book for pre-teens.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13

Interest Level: 9 and up

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: I really enjoyed this book because it reminded me of what my freshman year was like. It is helpful for girls Mia’s age to learn from her decisions. It was extremely funny and easy to relate to. The age that is appropriate for this read is seventh through eleventh grade.

Adult Reader Reaction: The author clearly understands the trials and tribulations that face adolescent girls. This is a wholesome and enjoyable read for adolescents and adults.

Pros: What makes this book so special, is that Mia Fullerton so accurately and believably embodies the typical fourteen year old.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a great read for adolescents and parents. Our Teen reviewer suggests that it would be a great gift from an aunt or mother to read over summer. The author is keenly aware of the challenges that adolescents face, real and imagined. She has created a story that accurately, sensitively and humorously captures “a year in the life of Mia Fullerton“ to which every parent and adolescent can relate.


Educational Themes: The book realistically portrays the life of adolescent girls. Teen readers will be comforted that the challenges they face are shared by their peers. Adult readers will remember how stressful it was to get through that period and be more sensitive to their teenager’s concerns.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, humor, young adult series

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2007

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