The Only Girl in School

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It's the first day of school for 5th grader Claire and everything is wrong.  Her best friend Bess moved to California and now on this island in Maryland that leaves just one girl left in the 5th grade..and that girl is Claire.  Yep, it's Claire and 6 boys.

The worse thing is that Herny whose been her friend since they were in diapers doesn't want to be her friend.  

In letters written to Bess, Claire shares the tripping, cheating on the soccer team, the school play where she has to play six parts, yucky Gilbert the kisser and Webby the bully.  It's never easy being the only one but Claire is figuring out how to think on her feet and stand up for her self.  

A wonderful coming of age story.

978-0545829960  Ages 8-12   224 pages

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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From Scholastic:

When Claire’s best friend, Bess, moves away, she becomes the only girl left in her entire school. At first, she thinks she’ll be able to deal with this -- after all, the girls’ bathroom is now completely hers, so she can turn it into her own private headquarters and draw on the walls. When it comes to soccer games or sailing races, she can face off against any boy. 

The problem is that her other best friend, Henry, has begun to ignore her. And Webby, a super-annoying bully, won’t leave her alone. And Yucky Gilbert, the boy who has a crush on her, also won’t leave her alone.

It’s never easy being the only one -- and over the course of a wacky school year, Claire is going to have to make it through challenges big and small.  The boys may think they rule the school, but when it comes to thinking on your feet, Claire’s got them outnumbered.

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