Agnes Parker...Girl in Progress

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Eleven-year-old Agnes Parker has always been your everyday girl. But this year, Agnes is determined to become a whole new person. Maybe not a whole new person exactly, but just a better version of the girl she’s always been. Someone who’s not such an easy target for bullygirls like Peggy Neidermeyer. Someone who is as cool and confident as her best friend, Prejean. Will the new Agnes Parker make it through a school year filled with new glasses, broken arms, and a cute new boy in...

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Overview

Eleven-year-old Agnes Parker has always been your everyday girl. But this year, Agnes is determined to become a whole new person. Maybe not a whole new person exactly, but just a better version of the girl she’s always been. Someone who’s not such an easy target for bullygirls like Peggy Neidermeyer. Someone who is as cool and confident as her best friend, Prejean. Will the new Agnes Parker make it through a school year filled with new glasses, broken arms, and a cute new boy in school?

As she starts in the sixth grade, Agnes faces challenges with her old best friend, a longtime bully, a wonderful new classmate and neighbor, and herself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW said, "The author probes the sixth-grade mindset pithily and perceptively. Charming, yet by no means flawless, Agnes is a heroine nearly everyone can embrace." Ages 10-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Agnes is going through a lot of changes now that she is in 6th grade and is in that awful in between stage that we all remember. The book touches every emotion of the reader. One minute I was laughing and the next I was remembering a similar situation and wanted to yell about the gross injustices in the growing up process. Agnes has to deal with a bully named Peggy Neidermeyer. She also is worried about losing her best friend, adjusting to new glasses, and dealing with her attraction to a boy named Joe. Agnes decides it is time for a change and begins with trying to change who she is. This book is a definite girl's book and the characters will be enjoyed, because all girls can identify and remember real people in their lives who the characters remind them of. Unfortunately, not all of us were as wise as Agnes, but she is able teach herself an important lesson of life. I hope there is a second book about Agnes that takes us on her continuing journey of growing up. This book belongs in the library of every 5th, 6th, and 7th grade classroom. It also would make a wonderful gift for any young girl starting her first day in middle school. 2003, Dial Books, Ages 11 to 13.
— Kathie M. Josephs
VOYA
This book kept me reading from the beginning to end. Agnes and her friends all react to events just like any of my friends would. O'Dell makes the book seem more realistic by not always having the characters talk with perfect grammar and vocabulary. Many of the characters have to deal with tough issues that real teens also must face. Almost all young teens can relate to this book. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Dial, 160p,
— Kristen Moreland, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-From bullies to best friends to first love, the trials and surprising joys of sixth grade unfold in this light but vividly told narrative. First-novelist O'Dell deploys familiar material (trick-or-treating, oral presentations in class, the family-next-door's crisis) in ways that engage readers and keep the pages turning. Agnes Parker doesn't realize it, but she's gutsy, kind, and, in the end, proves herself to be a good friend. Her attraction to Joe, a new kid in class who is part Native American, is well realized. This satisfying and good-humored story will leave readers hoping for Agnes Parker's return.-Susan Patron, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Eleven-year-old Agnes is on a mission to become the kind of girl who can stick up for herself. If she can get the attention of the cute new boy in class in the meantime, maybe this year full of broken arms and new glasses might not turn out so bad. Agnes wants to be clever like her best friend, Prejean, who never seems at a loss for things to say to the bully, Neidermeyer. It is not until she gets to know Joe, the new boy in school, that she begins to realize that her troubles with classroom bullies, brand-new glasses, and a bright purple cast on her arm are pretty small compared to the difficulties that surround others. Facing the recent death of his mother and the oppressive depression inflicting his father, Joe is floating through the sixth grade. True to her kind spirit, Agnes tries to help Joe, but also true to form makes some missteps along the way. In a few short months, Agnes succeeds in beginning the long journey that will take her where she wants to go. A story of growth and acceptance, Agnes's spirit shines through as she is forced to face some difficult challenges and surprises herself with her own strength. Inspirational and realistic. (Fiction 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142402283
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/18/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 809,600
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Agnes is in 6th grade and she is way to immature.

    Agnes is in 6th grade and she is way to immature.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    my favorite book

    I read this book last year in grade 5 and it ismy favorite. I got it for my school so others can read it!,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    I didn't like it much...

    I really disliked this book.I've read worse,but I wouldn't recommend this book to any person.Not because it's bad or harmful,but because it's a poorly written story and because there's no real moral.The author creates a story where there's the generic happy ending,which rarely occurs in real life.Also,most bullies aren't like the stereotypical Peggy Neidermeyer.I've been bullied before,and the aggressors were often people others thought of as "good people" and I wasn't physically bullied.
    I didn' like Agnes much either.In my opinion,she's too much of the stereotypical"girl next door"with little originality.
    All in all,this book doesn't help you 'deal with 6th grade' either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Amazing Story?

    When I read this book, it taught me alittle about myself and what I will go throught when I get older. So Iwill be ready for when that happens. I really liked this book because I learned thigs from it. So if you are a girl who is just going through puberty, then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Girl Proplems Solved!

    I just love this book! It was just fantastic. If you love girly books, then this one is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    Pinks,pinky

    'This book was one of the greatest books i have ever read!It was very enjoyable and charming'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    for other gilrs in progress

    If you like to read about girls like yourself and the problems we all have in school, then this is the book for you. Its interesting when she finds that her problems are small compared to the problems of the new boy too. you will like agnes a lot.

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    Posted July 22, 2010

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