SPEAK UP, CHELSEA MARTIN! by Becky Thoman Lindberg


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Age Range: 7 - 9
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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)*justify no*

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-8075-7552-6
Page count: 157pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1991


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