Curled Up With A Good Kid’s Book


“[…]Big Fat Manifesto is the story of Jamie, a senior in high school and a writer. She has great friends and a boyfriend she loves. She’s smart, witty, bold – and fat. Very fat. But she’s not ashamed; in fact, she writes a column in the school paper called “Fat Girl.” She educates people about the realities of being fat – the word she prefers over “platitudes like large or plus-sized – or clinical words like obese.” She’s busting myths and being loud and outspoken and, she thinks, honest – though what personal truths does she really reveal?

Big Fat Manifesto is the story of a fat girl in a society where being so is seen as socially unacceptable. In our culture, to be fat is probably the worst thing you can be. People hate fat. They don’t want to be fat. They don’t want to see fat people. They don’t want fat people to exist. To many of them, fat people aren’t even people. When Jamie and her skinnier friends go into a trendy store to expose their discrimination, that’s far too clear. But is there anything one fat girl can do about it? […]”

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I wanted, also, though, to point out more of my relevant posts on my personal blog, and some reviews of other books that deal with body image.
‘Skinny’ on Redthebook.com 

‘Numbers on Redthebook.com 

My review of Jo Edwards’ Go Figure

Looks, by Madeleine George, reviewed

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In the year 2140, people no longer have to grow old and die. Now there’s Longevity, which stops nature from running its course. Sounds great, right? Not if you really are young, not just staying that way through medical procedures. Longevity combined with the fact that the earth can only sustain a certain population means that laws restricting the birth of children have had to be put into place, and anyone who is born to parents who have accepted Longevity is a Surplus (in England, at least; different countries have different laws). The only way to be legal is if the parents decide against Longevity drugs and live a natural life….

Read the rest of my review at Curled Up With A Good Kid’s Book.

*The Empress’s Tomb is a 2007 Cybils MG Fiction Nominee*

The Empress’s Tomb is Kirsten Miller’s second book about Kiki Strike, the fourteen-year-old Princess of Pokrovia who has been in hiding with her caretaker, Verushka, since an assassination attempt failed when she was very small. Though the series is named after Kiki, it’s narrated by Ananka, Kiki’s smart, well-read sidekick, whose life may not be as interesting or full of the intrigue and mystery that Kiki’s is, but she sure tells a good story.

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Kate’s life has always included her religion. Her mother has always been involved in the very conservative Holy Divine Church, and Kate used to be devout as well. Recent events, however, have shaken her faith – her father’s sudden death and her mother’s refusal to hold a funeral, for example. Now Kate and her mother have moved to Maine to help her elderly aunt run a bed and breakfast. It’s a chance at a fresh start for Kate; she won’t attend church events with her mother, or wear the long skirts that the girls at the Holy Divine Church have to wear to school, instead wearing her running shorts and joining the cross-country team as an extra-curricular activity now that she’s not spending all her time at church. She makes new non-church friends and actually begins to see some of the world outside of her mother’s sheltered church community….

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Shannon Hale’s Book of a Thousand Days is a beautiful novel based on an obscure fairytale from the Brothers Grimm (though the author admits she has taken “many liberties” with the original). Dashti, a poor mucker girl from the steppes, has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she agrees to take a post as a lady’s maid after her mother dies.

She learns how to do the job, including learning her letters (which let her write this journal), and on the day she takes her post as a maid to the Lady Saren, they are sent to be shut in a tower for seven years as punishment for Saren’s refusal to marry the cruel Lord Khasar. They are bricked in with food that should last them seven years, if they can keep the rats at bay. The only things that makes one day different from another are the visits from Saren’s two suitors: the terrible Lord Khasar and the kind Khan Tegus, both of whom will play a part in the fates of the two young women…

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Lexie, Maddy, and Hudson are three fruit-bat hybrids (as opposed to pureblood vampires) adjusting to a vegan mortal life in the New World rather than the immortal life they lead in fear of the pureblood vampires in the Old World. Though they’ve lived for centuries, aging a year every hundred, now Lexie, Maddy, and Hudson are normal (well, maybe not normal) kids, aging at a normal rate, trying to fit in with their thirteen-, eleven-, and nine-year-old human classmates.

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