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Pack of dorks, Beth Vrabel

Label
Pack of dorks
Title
Pack of dorks
Statement of responsibility
Beth Vrabel
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Propelled from coolest to lamest after trying to kiss Tom Lemmings, Lucy tries to navigate the social hierarchy of fourth grade
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Storyline
Tone
Character
Review
  • Grades 3-6 It’s a big day for Lucy. She and her best friend, Becky, are going to kiss the boys they like at recess. She can’t wait to tell her dad about it when she gets home, but it will have to wait because her pregnant mom has gone into labor! After a couple of days off to welcome baby Molly, she returns to school to find herself suddenly friendless and despised. Becky has turned on her, and Lucy learns what it’s like to be an outcast, like dinosaur-obsessed Sheldon, painfully shy Sam, and sneezy April, who picks her nose in public. Her parents, preoccupied with Molly, who has Down syndrome, are no help. Humiliations and cruelties abound as Lucy gradually finds a new pack. Though she has less of a careful hand with Lucy’s parents, Vrabel displays a canny understanding of middle-school vulnerability. Like Gennifer Choldenko’s Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004) and Siobhan Dowd’s The London Eye Mystery (2008), this is a solid pick for siblings of children with special needs. -- Willey, Paula (Reviewed 11-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 5)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — Lucy is the second most popular girl in fourth grade. She maintains her social standing by obsequiously following her "best friend," queen bee Becky—even when that means succumbing to peer pressure and giving Tom Lemmings a quick kiss during recess. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself being made the butt of jokes and is no longer in her exalted position as a popular kid. When groveling doesn't work, Lucy opens up to spending time with other kids she had previously overlooked and finds herself making some real friends in the process. This book doesn't soft-peddle the strange cruelty that kids inflict on one another, nor does it underestimate the impact. At the same time, it does not wallow unnecessarily. Instead, Lucy finds joy in her new little sister and helps her family gain perspective as they struggle to come to terms with the baby's special needs. The challenging subject matter is handled in a gentle, age-appropriate way with humor and genuine affection. Lucy is likable even when she's not behaving well; just like a real kid. When things work out in the end, it feels as natural as two like-minded kids learning to trust one another.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK --Amelia Jenkins (Reviewed October 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 10, p109)
  • Fourth-grader Lucy’s life is unraveling before her eyes, and it all started with a kiss. One day she is given a plastic dollar-store ring by classmate Tom Lemming after kissing him on the playground. The next, she misplaces the ring, and Tom turns on her. Lucy’s best friend Becky, terrified of losing her social status, won’t stand up for Lucy, even though outside of school she assures Lucy she’s still her friend. Then, Lucy’s sister, Molly, is born with Down syndrome, and her parents’ behavior changes too (“I wasn’t sure she and Dad had room to worry about my problems any more now that they had a whole syndrome to manage”). A class project with a quiet boy named Sam and the company of exuberant, nose-picking classmate April place Lucy in the dangerous territory of “Dorkdom,” but these new friends are loyal and make Lucy smile. Lucy’s growth and smart, funny observations entertain and empower in Vrabel’s debut, a story about the benefits of embracing one’s true self and treating others with respect. Ages 8–12. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 11, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 32, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Debut author Vrabel takes three knotty, seemingly disparate problems—bullying, the plight of wolves and coping with disability—and with tact and grace knits them into an engrossing whole of despair and redemption. Popular fourth-grader Lucy and her best friend, Becky, kiss Tom and Henry behind the shed during recess as their class looks on, Lucy's brief, reluctant peck paling against Becky's smoldering "suction cup" smooch. When Lucy gets home, her mother's in labor; Molly is born later that day with Down syndrome. Back at school on Tuesday, everything has changed. Now disingenuous Becky is with Tom, and Lucy's being shunned by most of the class. Only then does she begin to understand life as an outsider and take a closer look at other bullying victims, each nicely depicted, both negative and positive characteristics colorfully drawn. Assigned to do a project about wolves with fellow victim Sam, Lucy gradually becomes friends with him, and they discover fascinating truths about wolf packs that give them insight into the behavior of their classmates. Simultaneously, Lucy and her parents slowly, believably come to grips with Molly's uncertain future. Useful tips for dealing with bullying are neatly incorporated into the tale but with a refreshing lack of didacticism. Lucy's perfectly feisty narration, the emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this effort well above the pack. (Fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10386709
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vrabel, Beth
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 8-12
LC call number
PZ7.V9838
LC item number
Pac 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Pack of dorks
Series volume
[bk. 1]
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Friendship
  • Bullying
  • Schools
  • Popularity
  • Girls
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Friendship
  • Bullying
  • Schools
  • Bullying
  • Friendship
  • Girls
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Popularity
  • Schools
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Friendship
  • Bullies
  • School stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Pack of dorks, Beth Vrabel
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Sequel: Camp dork
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn867612955
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9781629146232
Lccn
2014021035
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a511651
  • (OCoLC)867612955
Label
Pack of dorks, Beth Vrabel
Publication
Note
Sequel: Camp dork
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn867612955
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9781629146232
Lccn
2014021035
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a511651
  • (OCoLC)867612955

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