Another of the “Sisterhood” takes center stage when Donna’s birthday comes around. Donna -- now an adolescent teen -- has mixed feelings about parties, not to mention her parents’ ideas! Will she have a bummer of a birthday?
This title does a pretty good job of helping girls see how their reactions can set the tone for misunderstanding (from the friends and from Donna’s perspective).
Rightly or wrongly it illustrates Donna’s family as less than supportive under the guise of setting up her surprise.
I just thought I’d try this out on a boy and my instincts were right on – he was NOT interested.
After reading several of these, I am trying to move beyond the illustrations (which turn me off) to look at content. My first reaction was “only a girl with hormone challenges would think her family forgot her birthday." Then I suddenly realized: that is where teen girls are at!
This is a chapter book series for reluctant readers (reading at ages 7-8).
This book seems a good one to address perspective in the English/Language Arts classroom. Groups or individual students could select a character and describe, compare/contrast their perspective on the preparation for Donna’s birthday. I love connecting writing to reading.
9 to 12
7 and Up
Read by a 12-year-old boy.
I wouldn’t borrow or buy this book. The text is not particularly engaging.
|Title||Odd One Out|
Siti's Sisters series
|Publisher||Ransom Publishing © 2007|
|Illustrators||Cathy Brett, Anna Torborg|