Ignatow, Amy The Popularity Papers
Amulet see Abrams, Harry 2010 207p 15.95
978-0-8109-8421-9 elm/ms School stories VG-BN
This book, written as a dual journal, tells the tale of two fifth-grade girls who decide to “crack the code of popularity” and figure how they may achieve this measure of success before they reach the sanctified halls of middle school.
This book, written as a dual journal, tells the tale of two fifth-grade girls who decide to “crack the code of popularity” and figure out how they may achieve this exalted measure of success before they reach the sanctified halls of middle school. Best friends, Julie and Lydia, begin to analyze the popular girls and try to discover what makes them so. Their involved plan could pass for a science experiment complete with hypotheses, goals, and, hopefully, final successes. They keep a diary of their observations and descriptions of the students they consider part of the in crowd throughout the school year to help them. This notebook is filled with alternating “handwritten” entries in different colored inks and delightful illustrations that enhance the clever repartee between the two girls. While nothing works out quite the way the girls plan, their account accurately reflects the angst of those on the sidelines looking in. Happily, their supportive families and their true friendship will help them overcome any difficulties. The characters are well developed, the plot is well paced, and the situations spot-on in this laugh-out-loud novel. Realistic Fiction Ogintz, Susan