"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."
Zibby Payne & the Party Problemby Alison Bell
Zibby can't believe friends like Amber and Savannah are turning their birthday bashes into exclusive events, handing out special invitations to a select few. It's not that Zibby actually wants any dumb party
Everyone's favorite Total Tomboy, Zibby Payne, is back, with more of her precarious, and hilarious, navigation of the ups and downs of sixth grade.
Zibby can't believe friends like Amber and Savannah are turning their birthday bashes into exclusive events, handing out special invitations to a select few. It's not that Zibby actually wants any dumb party privileges but this is just plain rude! Zibby decides to have her own shindig which will of course be The Best Party Ever and comes up with a new mantra: A party for all, and all for the party! But can Zibby really invite everyone? Even the boys? Even classmates that she's not really friends with? Zibby's open invitation policy lands her in one tricky party predicament!
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Zibby Payne has been invited to a lot of parties lately, and she's noticed a significant problem: someone always gets left out. Whether it's a coupon for a "Special Party Prize for Special Friends," or secret sleepovers because only so many girls are allowed, Zibby is tired of the inequality, and makes up her mind to throw The Most Inclusive Party on the Planet.
"A party for all, and all for the party!"
But even when Zibby thinks that she gets everyone on the invite list, she realizes that she's still not living up to her own declaration. Guilt persuades her to invite Vanessa and Franny, the two class losers. And what about the boys? Zibby can't leave out her soccer friends, can she? Suddenly, the guest list leaps from 24 to 34, and Vanessa and Franny are so intent on helping plan the party that they just might ruin everything. Will this party idea turn out to be Zibby's Worst Idea Ever?
Of the Zibby books, I found this one to be my favorite. Zibby's insistence on equality and inclusion for all is refreshing in an age where most social groups are anything but equal and inclusive. The problems she encounters by trying to break the unspoken social taboos of her circle are real, as are the solutions that arise. Very nicely done!