Blob

Blob

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by Frieda Wishinsky
     
 

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It's hard enough for Eve to adjust to a new high school without the extra weight she's gained over the summer. Her best friend is ashamed to hang out with her, and she's become the focus of a schoolmate's cruelty. Determined not to be "that pathetic fat girl" at school, Eve struggles with a diet and forces herself to join a mentoring program. The diet only makes her

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It's hard enough for Eve to adjust to a new high school without the extra weight she's gained over the summer. Her best friend is ashamed to hang out with her, and she's become the focus of a schoolmate's cruelty. Determined not to be "that pathetic fat girl" at school, Eve struggles with a diet and forces herself to join a mentoring program. The diet only makes her food obsessed, and she feels she is failing as a mentor. How can a lonely fat girl gain the confidence she needs to succeed?

Editorial Reviews

Readingjunky's Reading Roost blog
"Examines a very common struggle…Wishinsky's character feels the frustration of dieting but learns to handle her situation in a healthy way, both physically and mentally. She provides teens with a positive role model for dealing with a weight issue."
The Horn Book Guide
"Readers will relate to Eve's story."
TeensReadToo.com
"Examines a very common struggle…Wishinsky's character feels the frustration of dieting but learns to handle her situation in a healthy way, both physically and mentally. She provides teens with a positive role model for dealing with a weight issue."
CM Magazine
"Any teenage girls who have felt insecure or excluded will enjoy, and be inspired by, Eve no matter what they think of her weight…Readers will devour Blob in the same way Eve devours chocolate bars: after a taste you won't be able to stop until it's finished. Blob should be required reading for tween and teenage girls, or anyone who has ever been a teenager. Highly Recommended."
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"Wishinsky captures the often brutal high school environment very well...The storyline is fast-paced and interesting while being written at a readability level which will appeal to those who struggle with reading. Eve's predicament reflects the issues that many young women in middle and high school have body image."
Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Eve has gotten fat over the summer and feels like a blob. Unfortunately she is starting a new high school, and her friend, Sarah, seems to not want to be seen with her. Sarah aligns with Zoe, who continually taunts Eve about her weight. Eve's mother helps her with dieting and supports her in the best ways she can, including the purchase of some new clothes. But Eve is still miserable and feels terribly isolated and taunted by other teens. Sitting alone in the lunchroom is the most difficult. Will anyone want to befriend her? She tries mentoring, and her student actually helps in a most direct way. Stephanie reminds her every time she goes overboard with food. Eventually some of her old and new friends return, and her confidence grows. This coming-of-age story depicts common problems that young teens experience. Catchy quotes at the beginning of each chapter include "Never eat more than you can lift."—Miss Piggy. Reviewer: Naomi Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554691814
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,293,331
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
HL510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

"I saw Eve on the street this summer," says Zoe. "She's gotten so fat. She looks like a blob."

I feel like a herd of horses are stomping through my chest. I want to turn and run, but my feet are glued to the pavement.

Meet the Author

Frieda Wishinsky is the award-winning author of over sixty books for young people. She was raised and educated in New York City, where she earned a BA in International Relations and a Master of Science in Special Education. Frieda's books have been nominated for international awards, earned critical praise, and have been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world, including The London Times, The Observer and The New York Times. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.friedawishinsky.com

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Blob 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
After working all summer at an unpleasant job in a convenience store, Eve is about ready to start high school carrying some unwanted weight. Fast food and junk food are plentiful in a convenience store, and Eve ate her fair share. Now, she is barely fitting into her baggiest jeans and raiding her father's closet for shirts that will cover up her bulging tummy. On the first day of school, Eve overhears Zoe describing her as a "blob". It's upsetting - but mostly because Eve realizes she might be right. Using the wonderful world of the Internet, Eve finds a diet that looks promising. Day 1 - eat as much fruit as you want. Day 2 - eat as many veggies as you want. It doesn't look too bad until Day 4 - only eat bananas and drink milk. Eve thinks bananas are okay, but she hates milk. She gives the diet a try, but all she thinks about is food, food, and more food. When she finds herself beginning to cheat, she gives up. Can her mother's compliments and encouragement keep her on track? Maybe joining the Mentor Club will give her the incentive to lose those unwanted pounds. BLOB by Frieda Wishinsky examines a very common struggle. Everyone seems to battle the issue of weight at least once in their life. Teens are especially vulnerable to the peer pressure associated with looking just right. Wishinsky's character feels the frustration of dieting but learns to handle her situation in a healthy way, both physically and mentally. She provides teens with a positive role model for dealing with a weight issue.
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