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Am I My Body?: A Body Image Dozen
Does what we look like make us who we are? People make changes to their appearance everyday; some willingly and others by accident. Still others simply learn to live with what they got. One nonfiction and twelve fictional titles make up this month’s dozens that explore the ways we deal with what we look like, how we choose to change what we want to and how we make our bodies our own.
Auseon, Andrew. Funny Little Monkey . Harcourt, 2005 Gr. 7-10.
High-school student Arty is small in stature but big in brains, and he’s tired of getting beat up by his bigger twin, Kurt. When Arty enlists the aid of Affront, a group of high school misfits, to get revenge, things quickly go out of control. (BCCB 7/05)
Banerjee, Anjali. Maya Running. Wendy Lamb Books, 2005. Gr. 5-8.
Maya is the only half-Indian-half-British middle school student in her Canadian town and she is tired of the singularity. Cousin Pinky comes to visit from India and introduces Maya to the power that is Ganesh. Maya petitions Ganesh and, when he begins granting her wishes, Maya learns that being herself is the only path to true happiness. (BCCB 3/05)
Blackman, Malorie. Naughts & Crosses. Simon & Schuster, 2005. Gr. 9-12.
In this British speculative fiction, best friends Sephy (a white Cross) and Callum (a black Naught) find that growing up means growing apart in a society where white and black don't mix. When Callum's militia activities get him arrested and jailed, his choices narrow to two: either betray Sephy or lose his life. (BCCB 6/05)
Cirrone, Dorian. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You. HarperCollins, 2005. Gr. 7-10.
Everyone knows what prima ballerinas look like and it doesn't include a Dolly Parton chest. When Kayla is told that surgery is her only option for a viable future in ballet, she has a difficult decision to make. (BCCB 2/05)
Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk. Greenwillow, 2001. Gr. 7-12.
T. J. Jones decides the best way to put one over on the athletes who think they run the school is to put together the weirdest-looking, hardest-working swim team in the history of Cutter High School . (BCCB 4/01)
Friend, Natasha. Perfect. Milkweed, 2004. Gr. 5-9.
Isabelle can't control her family and its frozen response to her father's death, but she thinks she can control herself--with bulimia. (BCCB 11/04)
Garfinkle, D. L. Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl. Putnam, 2005. Gr. 7-10.
Michael “Storky” Pomerantz is starting high school and hopes this will finally be the year he sheds the nickname and gets the girl. Question is, which girl? (BCCB 5/05)
Going, K. L. Fat Kid Rules the World. Grosset & Dunlap, 2003. Gr. 9-12.
Just as fat kid Troy Billings contemplates throwing himself in front of a train, a skinny kid with big musical talent entices him back from the edge by naming Troy the drummer in his new band. Troy has never picked up a drumstick he couldn't eat but he's willing to give it a try. (BCCB 6/03)
Graydon, Shari. In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You. Annick Press, 2004. Gr. 7-10.
Images of beauty change all the time and different cultures value different ‘looks.' This nonfiction title explores the sources of our ideas and how advertising and technology have made us what we think we are today. (Not reviewed)
Marino, Peter. Dough Boy. Holiday House, 2005. Gr. 6-9.
Tristan is accustomed to getting bullied at school because of his weight problem; but he isn't used to fighting those battles at home; especially since his mother's nice new boyfriend, Frank, has some heft, too. That changes, though, when Frank's daughter, weight-obsessed Kelly, moves back home to be with her dad and begins to undermine Tristan. (BCCB 11/05)
Martino, Alfred C. Pinned. Harcourt, 2005. Gr. 9-12.
Wrestling weight classes are unforgiving, but so are competitors Bobby Zane and Ivan Korske when it comes to training for the state championship. What will they compromise to make it to the final round? (BCCB 4/05)
Napoli, Donna Jo. Bound. Atheneum, 2004. Gr. 6-9.
There are ties that bind Xing Xing's stepsister's feet to make them small and desirable; ties that bind Xing Xing to the remains of her family, although a wicked stepmother and stepsister are all that are left; and then there are magic ties between a loyal daughter and her long-dead mother that unbind evil and bring happiness in this Chinese retelling of the Cinderella story. (BCCB 1/05)
Westerfield, Scott. Uglies. Simon Pulse, 2005. Gr. 6-10.
What if you lived in a world where pretty people were allowed to have the best and ugly/normal people either had to get pretty or get out? What if you discovered you had a third choice? (BCCB 2/05)
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