The Secret Language of Girls

by Frances O'Roark Dowell | Children's Books |
ISBN: 1416907173 Global Overview for this book
Registered by JennyC1230 of Woodstock, Georgia USA on 2/2/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by JennyC1230 from Woodstock, Georgia USA on Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Book Description:

Kate and Marylin have been best friends forever. The 11-year-olds begin to drift apart, however, when manipulative Flannery moves into the neighborhood. Partly motivated by unhappiness and insecurity, the older girl influences the passive Marylin to turn against Kate. Marylin joins the cheerleader crowd while Kate eventually gravitates toward classmates who don't follow the herd. Told from various points of view, including those of characters closely involved with the events as well as others on the periphery, the story follows these girls as they struggle with hurt feelings, peer pressure, acceptance, and self-image. Although Marylin believes Kate to be totally immature, it is ironically Kate who ends up romantically involved with a slightly geeky boy who appreciates her kindness and growing sense of self-worth. Flannery grows increasingly disconnected, but Kate learns to stand up to peer pressure. Her hard-won self-possession serves her well when she is the target of a mean prank in which Marylin participates; the tide turns, and kids will admire Kate's handling of the situation. Perhaps a bit unbelievably, the book ends with the repentant Marylin phoning her ex-best friend. Excellent characterization, an accurate portrayal of the painful and often cruel machinations of preteens, and evocative dialogue will make this tale resonate with most readers, who will see themselves and some of their peers in its pages. (For Grades 4-6)

Journal Entry 2 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, January 16, 2017
I read this book awhile ago, but didn't journal my review. I remember the two main characters Marylin and Kate having a fight and trying to find their way. One girl starts to like boys and the other girl doesn't, so they argue and go their separate ways for awhile.

Journal Entry 3 by JennyC1230 at Little Free Library - Bells Ferry Rd in Woodstock, Georgia USA on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Released 4 yrs ago (1/26/2017 UTC) at Little Free Library - Bells Ferry Rd in Woodstock, Georgia USA


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