If you're looking for a book for an 8- to 12-year-old, you'll like TOO BIG by Judy Dearborn Nill. It's the story of Shelby Bradshaw (AKA "BIGshaw") who's large for her age and a target of bullies. Shelby has been offered a chance to skip fifth grade; but when she makes friends with an older girl, she must make difficult choices.
Topics of bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem, and friendship are addressed in this thoughtful and true-to-life story.
FYI: I've featured another of Ms. Nill's books for younger children (SAMUEL AND SOPHIA, A Tale of Two Teddies) on my blog HERE.
Shelby Bradshaw threw herself into an empty bus seat. "I hate fifth grade," she muttered with a fierce swipe at her curly bangs.
This had been the worst first day of school in her life. The ride home promised to be just as bad. Already sweat pooled under her legs, and her jeans stuck to the hot plastic bench. Shelby's glasses slipped to the end of her nose. Pushing them back, she twisted sideways to open a window. It felt like a hundred degrees in the bus.
Teaser (from page 72 of my paperback copy):
Shelby glowered at them all. These boys had needled her about her weight, her height, her glasses, and her smarts every day for longer than she cared to remember.
Genre: Children's Book / Growing Up (Ages 8-12)
Book Length: 160 Pages
Amazon Link: Too Big
Other Books by This Author: Amazon Author Page
Synopsis (from Amazon):
Shelby Bradshaw seizes an opportunity to skip fifth grade for all the wrong reasons. She expects to escape the teasing she suffered all last year for being the biggest girl in her class. But her problems follow her, growing even more difficult when she tries to act older than she is.
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