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Something Girl
By author: Beth Goobie
Selling Points: "child abuse, friendship, inner strength"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2005
Lexile Level: HL530L
Fry Reading Level: 2.8
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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I couldn't swallow. I couldn't talk. When I got scared like this, a hand came up from inside and grabbed all the words out of my mouth. My dad started coming toward me and everything went into slow motion. I tried to run into the kitchen, but every step seemed to take five minutes. So I grabbed a chair and pulled it in front of me. My dad picked it up and threw it across the room. Then he grabbed my arm.
"Stupid," he hissed. "No good. Nothing."

Sophie is in a lot of trouble. She is on probation for stealing and is doing poorly at school. Her mom doesn't really talk to her, and the other adults in her life are pressuring Sophie to talk about her bruises. Sophie worries that if she tells, she will be sent to live in a group home. Her friend Jujube is the only person who knows the truth, and now Jujube, too, wants Sophie to speak up.
Resource Links - January 1, 2006
"This is a well written story about the struggles a young girl goes through dealing with an abusive and controlling fater. Written from Sophie's point of view, the author has done a masterful job of letting the reader into Sophie's thinking."
School Library Journal - December 1, 2005
"The ending is happy yet bittersweet. The novel deals with mature themes in a quick and easy-to-read manner."
KLIATT - July 1, 2005
"At times difficult to read, Goobie creates a dark and moving narrative. The ending offers hope for Sophie and her mother."
CM Magazine - June 1, 2005
Something Girl is so compelling that this reader couldn’t put it down until finished. Highly Recommended.”
Booklist - June 1, 2005
"Those in the series' target audience will be rewarded with a condensed, strangled gulp of a novel, one capable of cojuring both wrenching suspense and the 'soft peace' of hope."
Hip Librarian's Book Blog - May 1, 2005
"Children need to see titles such as these in library collections, because some of them may be living an existence close to this work of fiction...Highly recommended."


YALSA Quick Picks, short-listed  US  2006
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  2006
Stellar Award nominee, long-listed  CA  2007


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Teen fiction for
reluctant readers

Key Features:
Short, high-interest novels
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Linear plots
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading

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