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Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me

Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me

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by Lisa Papademetriou

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Stealth Freakies \stelth freekees\ 1: A feeling that comes before dread, ie, when you just feel a little sick, before you realize that anything is wrong, or that your whole life is about to change, or something else equally bad.


Stealth Freakies \stelth freekees\ 1: A feeling that comes before dread, ie, when you just feel a little sick, before you realize that anything is wrong, or that your whole life is about to change, or something else equally bad.

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Children's Literature
For Allie, sixth-grade brings many changes, but at least she still has her best friend . . . or does she? Tamara is the cute, cool-dressing one while Allie is the tomboy soccer star. Slowly the two drift apart. Tam becomes closer and closer to Renee who teases other kids ruthlessly and even makes mean remarks about Allie. Allie becomes more confused when Tam copies Allie's lab report and then blames Allie for getting caught. Allie learns to stick up for her new friends even though Tam and Renee call her soccer teammates Sweaty Bettys and her lab partner, Orren, a nerd. Middle school is a scary place—girls are catty and mean, boys show off. If you do not fit in, your life can be miserable. Most middle school readers can identify with Allie and her classmates. Will they be a part of the group? Wear the right clothes? Be the class nerd? Allie is likeable as she struggles with right versus wrong, loyalty to an old friend versus meeting new ones, pursuing her values versus listening to others. Readers can follow her struggles and breathe a sign of relief when the course she chooses does not hurt feelings or compromise her integrity. 2005, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 8 to 12.
—Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Allie Kimball is starting Grover Cleveland Middle School, and nothing is the same as it was in elementary school. Her friend Tamara is making her feel like a "nork" (someone beyond both nerd and dork, in Allie's hilarious vocabulary notes) for being overly unconcerned about her clothes and messy room. Worse yet, Tamara is turning into a "glommer" (a clingy friend) to stuck-up Renee, and making fun of Allie's soccer mates. Allie slowly begins to realize that she has changed too, even in how she feels about her longtime crush and other boys whom she formerly found dorky. This story is a hoot, full of real kinds of middle school misadventures centered around a protagonist who has a kind heart and a tremendous gift for descriptive language. She's willing to look up meanings for words teachers give her, but sometimes she has a meaning and needs to make up a word to fit it, so each chapter includes her relevant gems. She could start a new trend with "stealth freakies" ("a feeling that comes before dread..."), and "road chicken" ("someone who can't decide which side to be on, and ends up standing in the middle of the road...which is, of course, where the cars are"). Funny and appealing.-Paula J. LaRue, Van Wert City Schools, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.62(d)
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10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Papademetriou has written and/or adapted more than thirty books for children and young adults including Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks and Me. Lisa lives with her husband in Massachusetts, where she enjoys knitting, dancing around the house to eighties music, giving workshops on writing, playing the guitar (badly) and drinking large amounts of coffee.

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Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this bookw as on eof the cutest books that i have eveerrr read! i loove it and i could read it over adn over and over again! this book is great and f ur in 4 5 or 6 grade i would totally recomend thi sbook!! hope u like it bc i reallllyyy did!
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Rave More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book because it is exiting,funny,and can give info on 6th grade. There is some parts of which you want to say "yayyy" "booo" or "huhh". Either way this book can relate to any 6th grader (can even give some points to 5th graders if read).Once AGAIN, This book is GREAT and can make you really think about life in this grade.
PoppyFlair More than 1 year ago
This book was SO amazing! It made me laugh and cry, it made me happy that she did the right things in the end and stuck to who she really was, instead of following along just to be "accepted" when she really has new friends. I find it sad that her and Tam drifted apart, but it happens a lot in real life and I totally appreciated someone else knowing how bad it feels. This book is one of my ALTIME favorites now, it's so real and I swear I love Allie-if I could, I would hop into the book and be Allie's friend, since she seems like the best friend I could ever have! The book was amazing, and went from little annoying but cute babies to parent problems to jerky best friends to old crushes! This book has left me dieing for a sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has everthing from enemies to romance
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book Was Funny and Entertaining
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was realistic and a page turner! i could read it again and again. The end was not the best it could be, but the rest of the book was good enough that it did'nt matter! i was hoping for allie to make up wth tam or to never speak to her again, but it ended by just saying things will be ok. But i am kind of ok with it. I am looking foward to reading other books by this author!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really disappointed me. I thought it would be good, but it wasn't good at all! Allie seems a bit too perfect, too good at everything. And the ending was, in my view, too original. For me, an avid reader, it was too predictable. I'm not sure about you, though. But I have to admit the definitions were KIND OF funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was ok,I liked the idea, but it's not what I expected it to be. She never really does anything about Tam or Renee, and i was about to jump in and do it for her, becasue she wouldn't. I would recommend it to anyone who's going into middle school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was shocked! I thought it was bad but it wasn't. I aslo absolutely loved the funny vocabulary Allie creates. I think the author is very creative. I like how at the end Allie and Jusin dicover the fact that they both like each other and how Allie finally decides who her real friends were. You'll love it!