Libby on Wednesday

Libby on Wednesday

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Libby is sent to public school to be  "socialized" after years of being educated at  home.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Libby is sent to public school to be  "socialized" after years of being educated at  home.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to PW , Snyder's story of a girl's adjustment to a new school is presented ``with sympathy and understanding. Offering deft writing and a cast of endearing characters, this thoughtful tale provides insight into preteen relationships and concerns.'' Ages 10-14. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7 --Self-assured Libby has always been adored and admired by her eccentric family. Educated at home, she has had no contact with her peers--until her actress mother decides that it's time for Libby to attend a public middle school. It's obvious (to her) that she's intellectually superior to her classmates, and just as obvious (to them) that she's socially inferior, an object of ridicule. Writing has always been Libby's refuge; through her journal entries and a third-person narrative, her story unfolds. The two styles mesh perfectly; from Libby's voice, readers gain insight into her thoughts and feelings, and from the narrative they see her in her broader surroundings. The classmates with whom Libby interacts, all members of a writers' club that meets on Wednesdays, have serious problems of their own, and yet the group seems neither contrived nor unlikely. Their writing, too, contributes greatly to the development of their characters. Libby's family members may not be the stuff of real life, but they add a touch of levity that keeps the story from becoming a clinical study of the effects of family expectations, child abuse, and physical disabilities. Vivid descriptions and clear portraits of the characters give an honest, forthright picture of these classmates-turned-friends who come to accept their difficulties and to care about each other. It's an absorbing story, filled with real young people and genuine concerns. --Trev Jones, School Library Journal

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Random House Children's Books
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Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Zilpha Keatley Snyder is a three-time Newbery Honor winner, as well as the author of several ALA Notable Children’s Books, School Library Journal Best Books, and books that have received the Christopher Award and the William Allen White Award.

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