Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel 213 pages

Who knew that a couple of days can make a big difference is someone's life. On Friday, Lucy got kissed by her boyfriend, Tom Lemmings, in front of the entire 4th grade class. She also had a best friend named Becky. Three days later, she has no boyfriend and Becky won't talk to her. On top of that drama, Lucy's mother just gave birth to her younger sister, Molly. Lucy is excited to be a big sister, however, her parents are worried when Molly is born with Down Syndrome. 

Lucy must learn to navigate the 4th as an outsider. When she gets paired up with Sam, a quiet boy that everyone seems to forget about, for an animal project, Lucy learns that popularity was not all it was cracked up to be. Instead, Lucy and Sam decided to create their own pack, a pack of dorks with April and Sheldon. 

Beth Vrabel does a great job of handling tough topics like bullying, friendship, and disabilities. This is a Mark Twain Award Nominee for 2016-2017. 

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