"FAT, FAT ROSE MARIE" by Lisa Passen


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Though everyone else teases new girl Rose Marie because she's fat, narrator Claire (freckles, heavy glasses) likes her company, and the two become good friends. Then, on a class trip, Claire is lured away by mean (but popular) Genevieve, leaving Rose Marie in the lurch until a particularly cruel jibe from Genevieve recalls Claire to her true allegiance. Shoving Genevieve's ice cream into her face, Claire goes back to her real friend, a little contrite but glad to have altered the class dynamics. Like Claire, readers may not be sure that her assertiveness takes the best form, but that--plus the incisive caricatures in Passen's colorful illustrations--makes the story all the more thought-provoking.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1991
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt