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The Terrible Truth
The Terrible Truth
Author: Stephen Roos, Carol Newsom
Between a disastrous attempt to start a club, feuding with a class member, and trying to decide how to treat a new boy in sixth grade, Shirley feels life doesn't hold very much.
ISBN-13: 9780440485780
ISBN-10: 0440485789
Pages: 114
Edition: Reissue
Reading Level: Ages 9-12

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Publisher: Yearling
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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ISBN 0440485789 - The title is an absolute, perfect fit for the high drama of the start of Shirley's year in sixth grade. Shirley has decided to model herself after her mother. Not in the future - NOW. Her mother is organized, belongs to clubs and is everything Shirley admires. Sixth grade, a very grown-up grade, is a great time to begin, so Shirley has done some work to prepare. She has outfits with matching shoes and purses. She has a plan and she's ready.

What Shirley's not ready for is the things you just can't be ready for. First, when she points out that a class election with no opponent is hardly an election, the election is cancelled. That makes Claire Van Kemp, the girl who is always class president, annoyed with her and she demands that Shirley run against her, so that they can have an election. Shirley refuses, claiming she has big plans this year and that starts Shirley down an unexpected path.

Now, she has to come up with a big plan! When she does, it revolves around three friends, Claire and a new boy named Gaylord. How terribly wrong it can go is something she couldn't plan for. How many people's feelings get hurt, including her own, is something she doesn't know how to deal with. The whole big plan turns out to be quite a test of her intention to be grown up.

There are a couple hilarious moments, especially when Shirley begins to imagine how she'll end up without human contact, after she cuts herself off from everyone rather than deal with the mess she's made. Easy read, nice story, well worth the short time it takes to get through.

- AnnaLovesBooks