Fat Chance by Leslea Newman
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A diary records a year in the life of Judi Liebowitz as she dreams of becoming the thinnest girl in the eighth grade and struggles to control her unending battle with calories, food, pounds, and anorexia.
 

About Leslea Newman

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Lesl a Newman is the author of more than 40 books, including Matzo Ball Moon and Remember That. She lives in Massachusetts.
 
Published July 21, 2013 by Curtis Brown Digital. 119 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Since the book is entirely from Judi's perspective, the reader only discovers that Judi is not fat from occasional hints--like when a classmate draws a picture and Judi doesn't recognize herself because she doesn't ``look fat at all.'' The girl Judi idolizes, Nancy Pratt, is eventually hospitaliz...

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Through the journal of an eighth-grader obsessed with eating, Newman (Eating Our Hearts Out; Heather Has Two Mommies) explores the horrific ramifications of the ``thinner is better'' female aesthetic.

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In a starred review, PW said that this convincing and true-to-life story about an eighth-grade girl with bulimia should be required reading for adolescent girls. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)r

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When Judi discovers that her idolized classmate, would-be model Nancy, stays skinny by making herself vomit after eating, Judi cultivates the practice too, developing a routine of binging and purging.

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