Mission (Un)Popular

Mission (Un)Popular

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by Anna Humphrey

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Easier said than done. But, if Margot can learn to control her big mouth (and hair), there is hope. The new girl, Em, from New York, needs a friend too, now that the popular girls have decided she's "weird." More accurately, Em is "intimidating." She dresses like a rock star and doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks of her—especially Sarah J., the most popular


Easier said than done. But, if Margot can learn to control her big mouth (and hair), there is hope. The new girl, Em, from New York, needs a friend too, now that the popular girls have decided she's "weird." More accurately, Em is "intimidating." She dresses like a rock star and doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks of her—especially Sarah J., the most popular girl in the seventh grade. Em has an agenda for change at Manning Middle School and wants Margot on her side.

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Publishers Weekly
Twelve-year-old Margot Button describes herself as "mostly a total social dork," but she still aspires to become popular despite such obstacles as having a tarot card–reading mother, being the older sister of locally famous identical triplet sisters, and starting seventh grade without her best friend, Erika, who is attending a different school. After a fashion mishap leaves her looking like a "poodle with a human face," Margot is rescued by a new student—rich, sassy Em, who seems to know as much about popularity as she does about fixing bad hair. Unfortunately, following Em up the social ladder means leaving some old friends behind and surviving some dangerous situations, like getting pushed down the stairs by her rival, Sarah J. In this tale of making new friends and losing old ones, Humphrey (Rhymes with Cupid) introduces a cast of convincing characters, quirky enough to hold middle schoolers' interest, and accurately depicts how the quest for popularity can sometimes lead to compromised values. Insecure and self-deprecating, Margot has a hyperbolic, sarcastic sense of humor that will draw readers in—and win them over. Ages 10–up. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Seventh grade at Manning Middle School was supposed to be a fresh start for Margot Button: new school, new look, and new attitude. After an unfortunate incident labels her a bad influence on the kids from her elementary school who will also attend Manning, she finds herself showing up on the first day without her best friend and with some questionable hair management. Fortunately, New Yorker Em has just moved to Darling, Canada, and is looking for a friend. Em has a bold style that extends to both her wardrobe and her brash comments. Together the girls take on Sarah J. and the entire student hierarchy at their school, creating lasting effects on the feuds and friendships. Humphrey has crafted a realistic account of life in the second tier of seventh grade. The pressures and situations Margot encounters will feel familiar to many adolescent readers, but a slow-moving plot and overly generous page count may deter less-able readers.—Colleen S. Banick, Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield, CT
Kirkus Reviews

With a mother who reads tarot cards, 2-year-old triplet half sisters and an embarrassing stepfather, Margot longs for a more mundane life.

On the eve of seventh grade, Margot has a lot to contend with, including a humiliating new nickname following a disastrous attempt to impress the popular crowd. Now that her BFF Erika is attending private school, Margot agonizes over how to capture the attention of her crush, Gorgeous George, while avoiding her arch nemesis, Sarah. In her haste to reinvent herself, Margot befriends edgy, cool new girl Em, entranced by Em's defiant attitude toward Sarah. The constant barrage of Sarah's subtle cruelty takes a toll on Margot, pushing her toward increasingly reckless behavior. Spurred on by Em, the situation between Margot and Sarah escalates and the stakes become dangerous as events spiral out of control. Ultimately, Margot must decide if being popular is worth sacrificing everything she knows to be right. Through Margot's transformation from quiet girl to troublemaker, Humphrey thoughtfully explores the repercussions of bullying. Preteen readers will relate to Margot's insecurities about her looks and her longing to fit in.

Margot's cautionary tale offers an insightful look at a young girl's journey of self-discovery and acceptance. (Fiction. 11-14)

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Anna Humphrey (www.annahumphrey.com) is an experienced magazine editor, writes and edits for Youth and Family Magazine. She has published fiction and essays in many literary journals. She lives with her husband and daughter in Toronto, Canada.

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Mission (Un)Popular 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is super good and i recomend it to anyone in middle school. Me being an adult really enjoyed it.
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Corey Cramin More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a great book to read. I think this auther Audrey Vernick ihas very good things to write about in this bok. This book is really fun to rred and is the best book i read o far. I will tell all of my friends about it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish there were more stars to fill in this was th best book ive ever read:)
epicrat More than 1 year ago
Choose your friends wisely, so the birdies say, but I think this should also be said of enemies. Which is very important to a girl who wants her 7th grade experience to be full of awesome! Unfortunately the cards are stacked against Margot right from the start - with her best friend transferring to a different school, no socially-acceptable clothes to impress her peers, and vegan TV dinners for the rest of her life! Enter the cool new girl from New York who has an air of mystery and edgy. Definitely perfect friend to have when facing off with the popular girls and impressing the boy of her dreams! So what if Em seems too good to be true - and her "edgy" has a little more crazy than Margot prefers? Mission (un)Popular is a pretty easy-going book with a narrator who endears herself within the first few pages. I don't know about you all, dear Readers, but I can relate to a girl who feels like she was born with two left feet and word vomit. I can picture Margot quite easily as she relates the woes of her life - and it reminds me of Georgia from Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. Just socially awkward - but in my book, that makes you endearingly adorable! While Margot is enjoyable, I was disappointed with some of the conflicts in the story. Not dramatic enough, not explained as much. For instance, I thought Margot replaces her childhood best friend Erika all too easily. Sure, I can see why, but I would have expected them to fight to keep their friendship a few more times before they called it quits. Instead, they let the door slam shut and moved on. Or Em's character - Margot puts together bits and pieces, but the resolution left me wanting a little bit more details. If you are looking for a book with a good heart, Mission (un)Popular would be an excellent choice that will deliver a positive message on friendship with a good chuckle or two along the way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book ive read this summer and i would recommend it to sixt graders especially but it is good for all middle schoolers. It has the perfect amount of action and i couldnt put the book down. ~ 5 star rating!
jennjenn55 More than 1 year ago
best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. There's some suspension and intensity involved. Although i did think that the beginning was a kuttle slow.
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Mission unpopular is a great book with lots of detail and awesomeness. Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was definatly one one the best books ive ever read . The plot is womderful and most of the characters are relatable evej though not everyone has identical triplet sisters
Lachelle Douglas More than 1 year ago
Read this book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book at home and i love it so much that i read it over and over again this book is basically the the story of my life i love this book its like when your reading it your on the verge to find out whats coing ti happen next lie when margot was looking for EM and george and she found them kissing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am also 11.i think i should buy it!!!!!!! #loser
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and is defenately going to by it.
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This book was so good. I liked the twist at the end.
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How is it im ten but i read at like a 12 year olds level but it sounds great
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Zoe Dominguez More than 1 year ago
I love it im 11 so it very easy for me but i still loved it ,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Interesting story.....