A third-grader takes her mother's advice to be assertive perhaps a bit too seriously, because it gets her into trouble with some older boys and her talkative best friend, among others
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Third-grader Chelsea's divorced mother has always told her to stand up for herself, but Chelsea has found it easier to let others take charge; however, now it's time for action. When the fifth-grade boys steal a Barbie doll head and use it for a game of catch, Chelsea demolishes most of one boy's lunch, reforming him on the spot. Screwing up her courage, she asks her father to read to her on their single weekend together. She discovers that her friendship with one girl can survive a few criticisms; she faces down another friend who wants to take advantage of her usual silence. In fact, Chelsea asserts herself at erratic intervals throughout the book, perhaps most stridently in the first chapter's Barbie incident (not constructive problem-solving but effective). As a result, the ending is anticlimactic, if not repetitive. Still, Chelsea is sweetly self-absorbed and imaginative: a genuine character with problems just her size--and solutions all her own. (Fiction. 7-9) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-5-- Fiesty third-grader Chelsea shows her backbone and determination in the first few pages of this novel. She and her friends are confronted by teasing fifth graders, and Chelsea stands her ground against the main bully, Billy. What is the price she'll pay for her bravery? Young readers will soon find out. She stumbles through one problem after another: friendship and its ups and downs, third-grade boys (and the frustrations that go along with falling in love with one of them), and a disasterous attempt to pierce her own ears. These incidents make her an amiable and realistic character, and make this title an excellent addition to most collections. --Tina Morrow Peak, Lake Wales Public Library, FL
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Book Description Albert Whitman & Co, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110807575526