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THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS by Carolyn Mackler

THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS

By Carolyn Mackler

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7636-1958-2
Publisher: Candlewick

“Froggy Welsh the Fourth is trying to get up my shirt,” begins this eminently accessible journey from self-hatred to confidence. Virginia is 15 and likes fooling around with Froggy, but she’s mortified by her fatness, a shame fueled continually by her emotionally distant and pressuring family. Has she been switched at birth? Why isn’t she perfect like her adored, overachieving older brother? But her brother isn’t perfect after all, and he commits a horrifying act that rocks her world—and prompts her to begin questioning her family’s values. Readers will be rooting for Virginia all the way as she moves from isolated TV-watcher to Website-creator with purple hair and an eyebrow ring. Sexuality, refreshingly, is treated as a good thing. Virginia’s emotions progress from despondence to anger, joy, and strong independence, all portrayed with clarity. An easy read with substance and spirit. (Fiction. YA)