Lizzie At Last by Claudia Mills

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The sequel to Losers, Inc. and You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman

As seventh grade begins, Lizzie Archer knows she can't endure another year of being derided as the class nerd. Maybe she can't stop being smart -- does she want to? -- but at least she doesn't have to look so different. Out of her Emily Dickinson dresses and into Gap jeans she goes, and the effect is amazing. The girls talk to her; the boys tease her. But her braininess remains an obstacle to her popularity, and Lizzie wants so to be liked, especially by Ethan Winfield. To her teacher's amazement, Lizzie begins to make mistakes in math. Ethan is horrified -- he's her math partner -- but no one is more unhappy, or confused, than Lizzie. Will she ever find herself? Through her sparkling Lizzie Archer, Claudia Mills extends a hand to girls, gently encouraging them to be all that they can and to feel confident that like will befriend like.


About Claudia Mills

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Claudia Mills is the acclaimed author of many books for children and also teaches philosophy at the University of Denver. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. claudiamillsauthor.comRob Shepperson's most recent book is The Memory Bank, a collaboration with Carolyn Coman. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
Published September 24, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 172 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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During this brief, but anxiety-provoking experiment, Lizzie lets herself be bullied, dumbs herself down (even going so far as to get a D on a math paper), and squelches her natural and unique gifts.

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While avoiding the melodramatic, Mills credibly conveys Lizzie's inner turmoil as she struggles to be normal yet fears she will ""never understand the rules of the popular girls' game."" On a class trip to the rare books room of a university library, the heroine, inspired by Emily Dickinson's ind...

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