When Eva looks around at school and in her neighborhood, she sees most people dress similarly and enjoy the same kinds of outdoor, sporty activities. When the other girls at school gather, they tolerate Eva but they sometimes snipe and gossip about things that make her uncomfortable. It just doesn't appeal to Eva, and she wonders... AM I WEIRD?
She is a young girl who longs to be invited to the parties and included in the sleepovers but feels invisible and ignored. Is it because she's artsy and her fashion tastes are peculiar? Is her kindness mistaken for boringness? Or is she an actual weirdo?
Eva begins to question everything about who she is. She wants to believe that if she is kind and caring toward others, she can be true to herself and be happy, but she feels so different. Can the love of her parents and the wisdom of her loyal friend, Isaiah, remind her that everyone is different and help her regain a sense of self-worth?
Am I Weird? is a compelling chapter book that speaks to the not-so-hidden fears every middle schooler has about fitting in, feeling insecure and staying true to yourself even when it's scary.
This quick-read chapter book is part of the Navigating Friendships series, which is great for students in Grades 4 through 8 who are struggling with changing friendships, learning about self-advocacy, and figuring out how to get along with others. Whether you are a teacher, a school counselor, a parent, or a middle school student – you know what it is like to be Eva, and will be able to use Eva’s story to help yourself or the middle schooler in your life.
Help your children overcome their social emotional challenges with the Navigating Friendships series.
- He’s Not Just Teasing! A Book About the Difference Between Teasing and Bullying – Malcolm has a problem, and his name is Joe.
- Am I Weird? A Book About Finding Your Place When You Feel Like You Don’t Fit In - When the other girls at school gather they tolerate Eva,but they snipe and gossip about things that make her uncomfortable, and she wonders…AM I WEIRD?
- I Lost My BFF: A Book About Jealousy and Rejection Within Friendships – Sophia and Camila did EVERYTHING together, but when Camila starts spending more time with Christabel, Sophia finds herself thinking…I LOST MY BFF.
Teacher and Parent Activity Guides are available for each book.
About the Author
Suzanne Beaky studied illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design. Her expressive illustrations are commissioned by children’s book, magazine and educational publishers worldwide. She has received a number of awards and resides in Pennsylvania with her husband.