The Transformation of Faith Futterman

The Transformation of Faith Futterman

by Phyllis Shalant

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- This book isn't great literature, but it will fill the need for more books on the often-requested theme of popularity. Suzanne, the bland narrator and one of the sixth-grade ``Insiders'' (a name inspired by the class study of Hinton's The Outsiders), relates a familiar story that follows a proven formula. She wants to be ``in,'' but her safe spot in the group is threatened by her musical interests and the fact that she is slightly more sensitive than the others (whose idea of a great joke is to deprive a girl of her thick glasses or dare Suzanne to steal her deaf brother's hearing aid). When she is assigned a duet in the school concert, her partner is Faith Futterman, considered a definite nerd by the in group. Suzanne is unable to avoid practicing at her house, and a friendship begins to form. When she meets Faith's older brother, a fellow jazz enthusiast, her tolerance is rewarded. By the night of Suzanne's birthday slumber party, Faith has contacts and a new haircut and turns out to be willing to play the clown in order to win the group's approval. The surprise in the generally one-dimensional characterization is a Vietnamese girl who rationalizes sticking with the in group because she had been too different at first and had struggled to achieve insider status. Shalant has a good ear for the rhythms of kids' conversation. One must wonder, however, if it is really necessary to cater to the basest in juvenile sense of humor, including body functions and noises, in order to get children to read. --Sally T. Margolis, formerly at The Newport Schools, Kensington, MD

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Penguin Publishing Group
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1st ed
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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