Libby on Wednesday
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder [j Snyder]
Libby McCall has been home schooled. Now, at eleven, Libby is in public school for the first time because her mother thinks she needs to be "socialized". Being precocious, Libby is placed in eighth grade, a grade where even so-called normal students are often subject to ridicule. When she wins the prize of a weekly writing workshop with four other students, rather than risk more ridicule, Libby announces to her family: "I've decided to quit school." Her family denies her request and so Libby attends her first workshop where she learns that participants will critique each other's stories. I loved reading a full-length novel about a serious aspiring writer in the school environment. Moreover, I appreciated how each of the participants brought their own baggage to the table and ultimately needed to work through it as part of the writing process. -- review submitted by Allison H.-F. - a customer of the Bennett Martin Public Library
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