Madge Harrah The Nobody Club

ISBN 13: 9780380756315

The Nobody Club

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A summer gymnastics camp becomes the perfect opportunity for Marcy and Kim, two outcasts in the cliquey fifth grade, to boost their self-esteem

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Although Marcy and Kim consider themselves to be losers, they do, at least, have each other. They also have a common problem: gymnastics. When both girls are coerced into taking lessons, their image of themselves is almost more then they can bear: "A fat Nobody and a skinny Nobody. In leotards . . . ." To make matters worse, one of the more popular fifth graders, perfect Jay Jay, shows up at registration. In the beginning, Marcy and Kim have their share of humiliations while struggling to meet the demands of their strict coach. But both emerge triumphant at the final gymnastics meet. By the end of the summer, they have shaped up their bodies, gained confidence and have even helped a new friend to overcome her fears. The message that concentration and determination will bring success is loud and clear. Harrah effectively depicts the emotional ups and downs experienced by all athletes; cynical Marcy and enthusiastic Kim make a humorous, sympathetic pair. Jay Jay, a one-dimensional foe, is less convincing. Although not particularly innovative, this novel is warm and amusing. Ages 8-12.
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Grade 4-6-- Harrah uses a quote from Emily Dickinson as the basis for the theme and title of this realistic story. Three outsiders band together to form a Nobody Club during the summer. Their friendship and support help each to cope with a variety of problems. The plot is fast-paced, humorous, and sensitive. The cause-and-effect relationships are well-developed in both major and minor characters. Accurate descriptions of gymnastics blend with the events and become the vehicle for the story, but Harrah's focus on caring, support, discipline, and sensitivity add humor and warmth. Vivid descriptions help readers visualize what is happening. Pre-adolescent girls who feel insecure or who enjoy gymnastics will easily relate to this well-written story. --Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
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