Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young

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This book’s real strength is not in its plot or its few illustrations, though, but in the feeling it evokes so skillfully. It offers an unflinching look at a girl’s first steps into self-consciousness, in every sense of that word.
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The last year of elementary school is big for every kid. In this novel, equal parts funny and crushing, utterly honest and perfect for boys and girls alike, Christine Gouda faces change at every turn, starting with her own nickname—Tink—which just doesn't fit anymore. Readers will relate to this strong female protagonist whose voice rings with profound authenticity and absolute novelty, and her year's cringingly painful trials in normalcy—uncomfortable Halloween costumes, premature sleepover parties, crushed crushes, and changing friendships. Throughout all this, Tink learns, what you call yourself, and how you do it, has a lot to do with who you are. This book marks beloved author Karen Romano Young's masterful return to children's literature: a heartbreakingly honest account of what it means to be between girl and woman, elementary and middle school, inside and out—and just what you name that in-between self.
 

About Karen Romano Young

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Karen Romano Young's first novel-in-doodles, Doodlebug, was praised as "Engaging, original...charming and thoughtful," by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. She is also the author of over a dozen books for children. She lives in Bethel, Connecticut, with her family. Visit her online at karenromanoyoung.com.
 
Published August 9, 2016 by Chronicle Books LLC. 306 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 01 2016

Patronization and pandering are completely absent in this original treatment of the theme of belonging. A lovely, lovely tale full of warmth, humor, and intelligence that validates its readership.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Kate Egan on Nov 11 2016

This book’s real strength is not in its plot or its few illustrations, though, but in the feeling it evokes so skillfully. It offers an unflinching look at a girl’s first steps into self-consciousness, in every sense of that word.

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