Agnes Parker...Girl in Progress

Agnes Parker...Girl in Progress

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by Kathleen O'Dell
     
 

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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

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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 school?

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From the Publisher
Charming, yet by no means flawless, Agnes is a heroine nearly everyone can embrace. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
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 Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/18/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,243,700
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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