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Queen of the Toilet Bowl
By author: Frieda Wishinsky
Selling Points: "bullying, immigrants"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2005
Lexile Level: HL560L
Fry Reading Level: 3.6
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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"Ohmygod! Is that what it said?"

I wondered what they were whispering about. I walked down the hall. Two girls who had been saying hi recently didn't say anything or even look at me. I suddenly felt invisible again.

I knew something was going on but what?

A crowd was milling around the lockers, talking and laughing, but as soon as I showed up, the noise stopped dead.

A few kids coughed. A few others snapped their lockers shut and left. One girl gave me a strange look, as if I had horns growing out of my head.

When Renata is chosen to play the lead role in the school musical, students who used to ignore her start saying hello and congratulating her in the hall. She is happy until it becomes evident that Karin, a wealthy girl who expected to get the lead role, will go to great lengths to ruin Renata's reputation.
Washington State Revew Group - April 1, 2007
"Well-written and authentic...An excellent choice for reluctant readers in middle school."
KLIATT - July 1, 2005
"A great addition to any collection looking for something new to offer its reluctant readers."
Quill & Quire - July 1, 2005
"A fast, manageable read, along with relevant age-appropriate themes and an absorbing storyline."
hiplibrariansbookblog - May 31, 2005
"The author captures the quicksilver pace of change and delivers an important lesson without making it feel like a preachy moral."
by: Chris DeVito, CD Syndicated - April 20, 2005
"A daring, accessible piece of work."


CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2006


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