Starting School with an Enemy by Elisa Carbone

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"Hurray for strong girl characters!"

Author Elisa Carbone bursts onto the middle-grade scene with a laugh-out-loud story of a girl who tackles life head-on. Ten-year-old Sarah definitely has an attitude. But who can blame her? Her family dragged her along on their move from Maine to Maryland, she's left her best friend behind, and the first kid her age she meets calls her a "sick-o." What did she do? All Sarah really wants is to make a good friend. But just as it looks as if she might find one in fast-talking, soccer-playing Christina Perez, Sarah's newfound enemy launches a crusade to make her life miserable. And Sarah can't stop herself from getting revenge--even though it threatens her new friendship.Lots of laughs and spunky characters abound in this totally entertaining middle-grade novel, reminiscent in style to those of Barbara Park and Judy Blume. Sarah's witty observations and trouble making antics make for fun reading, and readers--even reluctant ones--will cheer as she finds an inventive solution to her "enemy" problem.
 

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Published June 9, 1998 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 103 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It doesn’t hurt that Eric finds someone else to fight with, giving Sarah insight as to why the other children were egging her on: It’s stimulating to watch the antics of adversaries.

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Especially funny--and wickedly on target--is the author's phonetic relaying of teen-speak as uttered by Sarah's older brother (when Christina first shows up at their door, he mumbles to his sister that ""sumbuy's ear tuh seya"").

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A new girl stands up to the class bully after a major misunderstanding. In a starred review, PW said, Carbone shapes characters with such lifelike dimension and through conversation so true that her

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