Zibby Payne and the Wonderful, Terrible Tomboy Experiment

Zibby Payne and the Wonderful, Terrible Tomboy Experiment

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by Alison Bell
     
 
In the first book from the Zibby Payne series, we meet the one and only Zibby, who can't wait for sixth grade; finally she and her best friends will rule the school! But on the first day back in class, Zibby gets an awful surprise. Her friends have gone completely girly over the summer, and just want to put on make-up, fix their hair, and talk about boys. What could

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In the first book from the Zibby Payne series, we meet the one and only Zibby, who can't wait for sixth grade; finally she and her best friends will rule the school! But on the first day back in class, Zibby gets an awful surprise. Her friends have gone completely girly over the summer, and just want to put on make-up, fix their hair, and talk about boys. What could be more boring?
To save the school year, and show her former best friend Sarah that she doesn't have to follow the crowd to be cool, Zibby decides to become a Total Tomboy. She dumps her frilly outfits, plays soccer with the boys, and learns to do some awesome new things, like belch out the alphabet. Even if her old friends are giving her dirty looks, Zibby insists she's having the time of her life ... until she tries to form an exclusive Tomboy Club, and her experiment starts to backfire. Can Zibby find a way to be different and still keep her best friend, or will she end up one lonely, unhappy tomboy?

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“...this beginner novel deals with personal issues that girls may encounter...a humourous story...definitely recommended for intermediate readers.”
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Sixth-grader Zibby has worn one of Sarah's shoes and one of her own, and vice versa, since the girls were in second grade. But now her friend only wants to hang with the girls who are focused on lip gloss, hair, and boy-watching instead of playing tetherball or other sports. Outspoken Zibby lets them know what she thinks about their interests; she joins the boys for soccer, and they accept her once she makes a goal. She takes her experiment further and decides that Sarah's shoes are too girly for her. She wears her older brother's T-shirts and tries to burp the alphabet. Eventually, Zibby misses her friend, reaches out to her, and learns to show regard for others' feelings by tempering what she has to say. Although the story has its charms, the protagonist seems young and impulsive, her parents provide the wisdom of 1950s family TV shows, and the other children aren't well developed.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897073391
Publisher:
Lobster Press
Publication date:
10/10/2006
Series:
Zibby Payne Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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During afternoon recess, she tried her hardest to have fun. She let Sarah paint her nails Passionate Purple, and didn't even roll her eyes once when the other girls talked about how cute the group BB5 was again. But still, her heart wasn't in it. She really wanted to be playing soccer with the boys. As Matthew came off the field, he stopped in front of the girls. "Missed you out there, tomboy," he said, giving Zibby another one of his playful punches on her arm. Zibby glowed. She'd been missed! But what was that he'd called her? A tomboy? Hmm. She'd never thought of herself as one before. Is it an insult? she wondered. Is he saying something's wrong with me because I'm doing something different from the other girls at recess? Or maybe it was a compliment. Maybe this was Matthew's way of saying she was a good soccer player, and that the boys liked playing with her. That she was different -- but in a good way. "Tomboy," she repeated to herself. She had to admit, something about it sounded right.

Meet the Author

"In addition to creating the Zibby Payne series, Alison Bell is also the author of Let's Party! and Fearless Fashion from the ""What's Your Style?"" series. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as TEEN, Sassy, YM, Parenting, and Woman's World. She lives in South Pasadena, California."

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's the start of sixth grade, and Zibby Payne is convinced that this is going to be the Absolute Best Year Ever. All of that changes on the first day when Amber and Camille show up wearing teeny little miniskirts and "Groovy Grapilicious" lip gloss. What's worse is that Zibby's Best Friend on the Entire Planet, Sarah, wants to sit on the benches with them at recess and talk about boy bands and "do" hair. Zibby can't stand the boredom, and decides to play soccer with the boys instead.

When Matthew begins referring to her as a "tomboy," Zibby gets one of her Very Good Ideas. Tomboys never have to sit at recess and wear lip gloss or skirts. She makes up her mind to become a real tomboy.

The tomboy life suits her just fine, but everyone else seems to have a problem with it. Her mom won't let her give away all her old girly clothes or burp the ABCs at the dinner table. Her brother, Anthony, stops letting her borrow all of his old shirts. And Sarah starts ignoring her and hanging out only with Amber and Camille. Finally, Zibby decides to start a "Tomboy Club" at school, but will any of the other girls make the grade?

This first book about a girl who has stubbornly decided to maintain her individuality begins a promising, light-hearted series.