This listing is for 7 copies of The New You by Kathleen Leverich. It is listed as a 4.1 grade level equivalent reading level on Scholastic. I bought these for literature circles in my classroom, and they were never used before I left the classroom. Books MAY have a label inside front cover that says, “This book belongs to Ms. Erin J Thomas”. Books MAY have a library pocket in back cover with library card that includes title and author of book (for student check-outs).
From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8-When 13-year-old Abby moves from the comfortable suburbs to the city with her father and new stepmother, she sees it as a chance to reinvent herself. While shedding her old image, getting an expensive but unsatisfying haircut, and going by her full name, Abigail fails to make a place for herself in her new school and withdraws into a lonely world of fantasy. That longing leads her to the phone book where she finds a listing under "Identities-Original and Replacement." Abigail arrives at The New You only to discover that it is an out-of-business hair salon that three young women are illegally renting. They take her in, give her a haircut and highlights, and then send her back out into the world with what she thinks is her new identity. Upon arriving home and immediately falling asleep, she awakes to find that the whole adventure was a flu-induced fever dream and that her hair has returned to its miserable former style. However, Abigail is so convinced that the experience was real that it gives her something to talk about in school and begins the creation of an identity that she so wanted. The search for self is a common one, and some readers will relate to Abigail's insecurity and complete lack of confidence. However, her feelings toward her stepmother or how she will look inwardly to define her identity from now on are not fully explored. It's too bad she doesn't focus more on her personality than on her hair. A light read that touches on some relevant issues.
Katie O'Dell Madison, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Ages 9 and up