EVOLUTION, ME & OTHER FREAKS OF NATURE by Robin Brande

EVOLUTION, ME & OTHER FREAKS OF NATURE

Age Range: 12 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Mena Reece’s freshman year is not turning out as planned; she’s been shunned by her friends because she blew the whistle on them. They all belong to an ultra-conservative church (Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings are banned from her reading list). Suspecting a fellow classmate to be gay, the group harassed him and after his attempted suicide, Mena sent an apologetic letter naming names. The boy’s family sues the church and everyone blames Mena for the disruption, especially her parents. Then Mena is paired with Casey Connor, a science geek, and her life takes a positive turn. When the science class begins the unit on evolution, Mena’s church insists Intelligent Design be included. As the church ramps up its demands, shy Mena finds her voice as Bible Grrrl, “defender of truth in biblical citations.” Suddenly, Bible Grrrl’s opinions are hot. Casey’s friendship allows Mena to question her conservative upbringing, and the fact that he really likes her helps her outlook immensely. An appealingly humorous take on themes classic and new. (Fiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-375-84349-5
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2007




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