Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff


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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm, Elicia Castaldi

Ginny has ten items on her big to-do list for seventh grade. None of them, however, include accidentally turning her hair pink. Or getting sent to detention for throwing frogs in class. Or losing the lead role in the ballet recital to her ex-best friend. Or the thousand other things that can go wrong between September and June. But it looks like it’s shaping up to be that kind of a year!

As readers follow Ginny throughout the story of her year, told entirely through her stuff—notes from classmates, school reports, emails, poems, receipts, and cartoons from her perpetually-in-trouble older brother Harry—a portrait emerges of a funny, loveable, thoughtful girl struggling to be herself…whoever that person turns out to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442436633
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Ginny Davis's Year in Stuff Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 376,930
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jenni Holm is the Newbery Honor-winning author of Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise, and the BabyMouse graphic novel series. She lives in Northern California with her family.

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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
WilleyK More than 1 year ago
I read the book Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm. I couldn't put it down! I was drawn to this book by the title and the awesome pictures. The reality of this book and how you can relate to the young girl is the best part. Middle School is worse than Meatloaf is a book about a young pre-teen and her experiences in the 7th grade. Her name was Genne. Well within her 7th grade year she experiences many problems. One would be her mom and step-dad getting married. She also faces problems with friend, family, and her self. This book is a story about the life of a typical teenage girl. I could relate to Genne me myself being in 7th grade I can relate to the struggles she faces. I especially recommend this book to any young girl around my age. It a fun yet comical book that I defiantly recommend. I loved reading this book and you would too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a twelve year old middle school sudent. The fron cover looked cool,so i read it. A very good and easy to read book. I reccomend it for everyone! this book is sweet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading "Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf" I thought the book was great ! Students going to Middle School can relate to this book,so I would recommend this book to many of my friends. This book is about a twelve year old who's just starting Middle School. Through the book she talks about her life and how complicated it is! It also has many funny comments and poems which makes it an even greater book! In no time you will be asking yourself "How did I finish this book so quickly !" It's is a real page turner! Another book I would like to read by Jennifer L.Holms, the author , is "Turtle in Paradise". I would like to read this book because it's about an eleven year old named Turtle who's living in the 1930's . At that time jobs and money were very scarce and now Turtle needs to leave because her mother gets a job as a housekeeper and the lady doesn't like children ! So Turtle is stuck moving to Florida and having to stay with relatives she's never met. For all those who are reading this I assure you that you will be fully in love with the book "Middle School is worse than Meatloaf"! Just read it and see for yourself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is an awsome book if i were you, you should read it. it's almost better then TWILIGHT!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that this is one of the most intriguing books I've come across so far this year.

This isn't a normal novel, in that, although the book does contains actual words, the story isn't told in regular story format. Rather, as the full title suggests, it's a story that describes a year in the life of Ginny Davis, a seventh grader at Woodland Central, through stuff.

Stuff, as in notes from the principal. Stuff, as in letters to and from school friends. Stuff, as in pictures of play costumes, and cancelled checks, and calendar notations, and report cards. Stuff, as in anything and everything that makes up the life of a middle-schooler.

Author Jennifer L. Holm is to be commended for this awesome book, which offers a peek into middle school life, and inside the comings-and-goings of a teenage girl. From Post It notes from mom to crazy cards from Grandpa Joe, you'll find yourself smiling and reminiscing as you browse through the pages of MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN MEATLOAF.

This would be the perfect gift for anyone about to enter middle school, or, actually, for anyone who just enjoys books that are a little different from the norm. Believe me, this story is sure to please!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meatloaf Is Worse Than Middle School is a funny kid book that a mom could sit down and read to their child every once and a while. their are really a lot of cool characters but in the book which im going to tell you about this before i tell you to read it is that not all of it is words, their are alot of pictures and little decorations in the book but PLEASE dont let that stop you from reading it because it is a really good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I thought it was so cool and I really liked how is was set up. I told my friend she should read it and she also loved it we both read it in like an hour on and off because we were in class and we had to listen a little but i really enjoyed this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am the mother of a seventh grade girl, and am selective about the books my daughter reads. I came across Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf. From the first page it was amazing how much I enjoyed it, let alone my daughter. The story line by author Jennifer L. Holm and the illustrations by Elicia Castaldi took me back several years. The funny part is, with the exception of the technological changes (i.e. e-mail), much of what was in the book was similar to my childhood and middle school experiences. Both Ms. Holm and Ms. Castaldi have succeeded in bringing to life a very important time in any girl¿s life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a middle school teacher and I had begun to hear a lot of talk about the book MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN MEATLOAF. I decided to pick up a copy to see why it had captured my students¿ attention. After reading the book it was clear to me why. The book brings to life the experiences of Ginny Davis through an amazingly detailed series of illustrations. Although I do not have children of my own I have been in the school system for 15 years and was amazed by how this book captured the middle school experience. It is a must read for young girls.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The illustrations and photography make this book real, fun, and meaningful to any middle schooler. This book tells the life of today's pre-teen girl exactly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ginny is a seventh grader and is trying to live through every middle school crisis. From turning her hair pink to throwing frogs ing science class. This is a truly outstanding book that is great for middle school girls, just like ME!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book totally rocks and it is good for middle schoolers
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is funny and the layout is cool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ginny? Harry? Pfff, such J.K Rowling copycats. Think of your own character names, people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading this book and i dont like it at all. This is one of thosebooks were there are just notes instead of a story. But i dont like books like that. So if you are like me i dont recomend this book.