gamer girl

Summary:

Maddie, her Mom, and her sister move into her grandmother's house in the suburbs when her parents split. The divorce is the least of Maddie’s problems. She is labeled a misfit right away, thanks to her grandma's obsession with unicorns. To escape, Maddie spends a lot of time drawing mangas and creating her manga role-playing character in an online game. A teacher at school starts a manga club with Maddie’s help. She also enters a drawing contest. Is this enough to turn her life around? Will Maddie find kids like her in the manga club?

Educational Themes:

There are several themes that you can explore with a teen reader (divorce, change, for two); acceptance and love; and finding one's passion. For kids interested in manga or drawing, this could be an inspiration to draw.

Reading Level:
4.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Our teen reviewer bought the book from a book fair in middle school and has read it many times since then.
Young Reader Reaction

Cool drawings at the beginning of each chapter set the mood as you read. The way the author sets up the interchange is very believable. There are the stereotypical characters: the goodie-two-shoes little sister; the popular cheerleaders; and the friend of the meanest, coolest dude who gets the girl. However, they drive the story and make the unexpected twists and turns stand out. This book is definitely for middle and high school students who would come into contact with manga, online gaming, chatting, and alternative lifestyles. I bought this book and have read it a lot.

Pros:

Great illustrations and realistic exchanges make this a great read for teens.

Cons:

None.


Title Gamer Girl
Author Mari Mancusi
Publisher Dutton Children's Books, Imprint Penguin Young Readers Group © 2008
ISBN 9780525479956
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels
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