THE PITY PARTY by Alison Pollet

THE PITY PARTY

8th Grade in the Life of Me, Cass
Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Cass, the quirky, self-confident girl who appeared in Pollet’s earlier Nobody Was Here (2004), about prep school life in the mid-1980s, is trying in eighth grade to sort out who she really is: orphaned child; invincible girl; third wheel? She’s discovering that at 13 things start clanging around in disharmonious earnest. The garrulous boy seated behind Cass in English class seems to voice some of this turmoil. Rod is bold and not at all perfect, but their friendship is a gift, and his abrupt departure challenges Cass to try to find her own missing pieces. Pollet steers a neat and relatively innocent course through the troubled and murky waters of middle school. Readers will recognize Cass’s lack of perspective and experience as their own, and there are moments enough of genuine warmth and humor that they will care what happens to her. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-68194-4
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2005