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The Only Girl in School
by Natalie Standiford and Nathan Durfee


Overview - When Claire's best friend moves away just before the start of fifth grade, she suddenly becomes the only girl in the entire elementary school. While the boys are resentful that she gets a bathroom all to herself, Claire soon sees the lonelier side of things -- until a few incidents put her quite literally in the spotlight.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When Claire's best friend moves away just before the start of fifth grade, she suddenly becomes the only girl in the entire elementary school. While the boys are resentful that she gets a bathroom all to herself, Claire soon sees the lonelier side of things -- until a few incidents put her quite literally in the spotlight.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545829960
  • ISBN-10: 0545829968
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-11
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Girls & Women

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

There's a lot going on in this slim novel about Claire Warren, who starts fifth grade as the only girl at her small island school. She recounts the mostly depressing events of the yearbeing pummeled at dodgeball, ostracized in the lunchroom, bullied by both soccer opponents and her own teammatesthrough letters to her best friend, Bess, who has recently left their Maryland island for California. There is also an attempt to sabotage Claire's boat before the annual regatta and a mystery involving Smuggler Joe, who haunts Foyes Island to guard his secretly buried treasure (Claire's letters are accented with "taped-in" cartoons from Durfee that humorously track her ups and downs). The story nearly leaves the rails with an unexplained supernatural element, but Standiford (Switched at Birthday) moves on quickly, and by graduation, Claire has earned some hard-won victories. It's a measure of how grim the year has been that the note of hope on which Claire's story ends involves moving on to middle school, where there will, at least, be some other girls. Ages 812. Author's agent: Sarah Burnes, Gernert Company. (Jan.)

 
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