Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis's Year in Stuff

Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis's Year in Stuff
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August 07, 2012
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Ginny has big plans for eighth grade. She's going to try out for cheerleading, join Virtual Vampire Vixens, and maybe even fall in love. But middle school is more of a roller-coaster ride than Ginny could have ever predicted. Her family has just moved into a fancy new house when Ginny's stepdad loses his job. (Can worrying about money make you sick?). Ginny's big brother keeps getting into trouble. And there's a new baby on the way. (Living proof that Ginny's mom and stepdad are having sex. Just what she needs.) Filled with Post-its, journal entries, grocery lists, hand-drawn comic strips, report cards, IMs, notes, and more, Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick is the sometimes poignant, often hilarious, always relatable look at a year in the life of one girl, told entirely through her stuff. Part graphic novel, part scrapbook and altogether original—Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick is just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Babymouse!

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A Terrific Follow Up
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On a whim, I checked out MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN MEATLOAF from the school library. It disappeared from my desk immediately and has been making the rounds among the girls in my homeroom, who begged me for another book like it. I am so excited to be able to offer them EIGHTH GRADE IS MAKING ME SICK, a fantastic sequel about Ginny Davis.

Told through the ephemera of a young girl's life (IM chats, notes, report cards, etc.), we learn a lot about Ginny's rough year. Between her stepfather losing his job, her brother's constant trouble with the law, her mother's unexpected pregnancy, and a mysterious illness, Ginny has a year that I wouldn't wish on anybody. While there are many setbacks in the book, the tone remains hopeful and sweet.

The girls in my homeroom are going to love this book, and will be eager for the next addition to the series.
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The original style grabs readers.
Ginny is a great character.
Terrific use of art
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