The Weirder the Better

The Weirder the Better

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by Stasia Decker-Ahmed
     
 
When Jamie starts Lark Middle School, her 10th school in seven years, she convinces herself that this year will be different. Instead of being just another face in the crowd, Jamie starts a club, one for which only the most unusual kids need apply. Soon several eccentric students join Jamie's club. Jade has body piercings, Brandon has a glass eye, and Justice lives in

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When Jamie starts Lark Middle School, her 10th school in seven years, she convinces herself that this year will be different. Instead of being just another face in the crowd, Jamie starts a club, one for which only the most unusual kids need apply. Soon several eccentric students join Jamie's club. Jade has body piercings, Brandon has a glass eye, and Justice lives in a bomb shelter. Jamie herself has burn scars on both arms. As the club becomes more popular and better known, newer members include a refugee from North Korea, a boy with twelve toes, and a girl who eats only cereal and M&Ms. After a few months, Jamie's club is the most popular club on campus, and then Jamie begins to encounter resistance from school officials. When Principal Barnes threatens to have Jamie expelled, she fears she may pay a price for being bold enough to accept people, no matter how different they are.

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When Jamie carves out her own niche in the social hierarchy, she makes quite a splash.

Jamie isn't looking forward to starting sixth grade at her 10th school since kindergarten (her 11th if you count the two days she spent at Magley Wood Elementary before she was expelled). Her mother swears that this time they'll stay in one place long enough for her to make friends. "Be whatever you want to be!" her grandmother says in a rare lucid moment. Confronted with school clubs populated by mean, popular girls, Jamie forms her own club: The Outcasts, for kids "the weirder the better." The club members have quirks aplenty: a glass eye, 12 toes, nine body piercings. One member has four mothers and three fathers, while another escaped her homeland as a refugee. Club outings are sweetly kooky, ranging from a private showing of demolition-derby practice to an afternoon volunteering at a shelter. Their popularity grows, and the Outcasts turn away many would-be weirdos (sadly, without ever examining the hypocrisy of being outcasts who exclude perfectly nice classmates for being "just average, regular kids"). The principal, cartoonishly mean, seethes at this disruption of the social order, and demands the Outcasts disband.

Quirky kids make their own fun in what would make a delightful afterschool special. (Fiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780930773977
Publisher:
Black Heron Press
Publication date:
07/20/2011
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Stasia Decker-Ahmed is an elementary school teacher. Over the course of her twelve-year career, she has taught second, third, and fourth grade, and special needs children. Prior to her career as a teacher, she worked as a waitress and a social worker. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her husband and daughter. The Weirder the Better is her first published novel.

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The Weirder the Better 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Readmom68 More than 1 year ago
Just finished the book before letting my 10 year old read it. Made me wish there had been a club like this when I was in the sixth grade and felt I didn't fit in any other clubs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A charming, well written book, The Weirder the Better is a great read for elementary students as it shows the importance of accepting others for who they are.