Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis' Year in Stuff

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Part graphic novel, part scrapbook and altogether original—New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Holm's Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick is just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries and Babymouse!

Ginny has big plans for eighth grade. She's going to try out for cheerleading, join Virtual Vampire Vixens, and maybe even fall in love. But middle school is more of a roller-coaster ride than Ginny could have ever predicted. Her family has just moved into a fancy new house when Ginny's stepdad loses his job. (Can worrying about money make you sick?). Ginny's big brother keeps getting into trouble. And there's a new baby on the way. (Living proof that Ginny's mom and stepdad are having sex. Just what she needs.)

Filled with Post-its, journal entries, grocery lists, hand-drawn comic strips, report cards, IMs, notes, and more, Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick is the sometimes poignant, often hilarious, always relatable look at a year in the life of one girl, told entirely through her stuff.

128 pages           978-0375872198             Ages 8-12

Editor's Note:  This is the sequel to Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf: A year Told Through Stuff

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I have the perfect book for inferencing! Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick by Jennifer Holm is a fiction novel told only in pictures. When I reviewed the book, I compared the pictures to "going through someone's trash" to learn more about them. If I were teaching this one, I would start by asking students to write a short description of their trash at home, or, if they prefer, the library trash. What's in the trash? How much trash is there? Then ask them to talk at their tables about what someone might learn about them or their family based on the trash. Would they be able to tell how many people live there? If the residents are males or females? Do they have pets? Would they be able to tell the ages of the residents? Socio-economic status?

After this exercise, I would tell students that they are making inferences about their families (or the students at the school if using library trash) based on the items in the trash. They could be incorrect in their assumptions, but based on the information they have, this is what they are inferring about the family. Then, show some pictures from Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick. What can they infer about the family in the story?--from a librarian on LM-NET

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