New school, new people, new problems. Olive is reluctant to face her first day at a new school where everyone else already knows each other. This year, she’s the new girl, and she doesn’t know if that is a good or a bad thing. Should she stick with Trish and Jacey, the obvious mean girls at R&R who have welcomed her into their group, or take a risk and join the Mashables, a quick-witted group of unlikely friends? And why are her friends from church being so distant?
Navigating through life as a twelve-year-old girl growing up in Southern California can be tricky. Embracing the ginger, sci-fi loving, introverted girl God created her to be — well that’s even trickier. Join Olive on her quest to figure out who God wants her to be, while dealing with the social pressures and problems she encounters at school, and in life in general.
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If you want a fun but yet insightful book for your Christian pre-teen or teenager girl, I recommend Newfangled by Kristin N. Spencer. If you’re that girl reading this, then it’s up to you to get a copy of this book. Newfangled is a fictional book set in Southern California during the fall/winter semester of 2015. Olive is a twelve-year-old girl that transfers to a public school after the private Christian school she goes to closes down. Facing a crowd of kids that already know each other, she struggles with choosing which crowd to hang with: with Tracey and Trish, who have befriended her but may not be the nicest, or with the Mashables, a small group of nerdy kids that seem to be nice. Struggling also with problems with her friends from church and her own growing questions about her faith, she braves 7th grade. The close-knit family portrayed in Newfangled was really refreshing as they faced normal everyday problems together. Olive’s mom stood out vividly to me with her effort to spend time with Olive despite her busy schedule as a photographer. Aunt Barb was great too :) Overall, Newfangled was an enjoyable read with some great thoughts for Christian girl that are presented in a non-preachy way.