Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: The Girl Who Knew It All by Patricia Reilly Giff

Synopsis: It looks like a lonely summer ahead for Tracy Matson. She's the only girl her age in the small town of High Flats. And Leroy Wilson, the only boy, thinks she's a know-it-all, even after Tracy tries to make friends by giving him a chocolate-icing-on-rye sandwich. Things start looking up when her pen pal, Casey Valentine, pays a surprise visit. But now Tracy has another problem: She told Casey that she loves to read. What if Casey--who wants to be a writer--finds out that Tracy is really a rotten reader? Suppose Leroy spills the beans? (from the back of the book)

Review: Tracy is an interesting character. She's both likable and unlikable. I cringed reading about her attempts to make friends. But I loved watching her grow and learn. Tracey's struggle with reading is relatable, and would be good for kids who also struggle. Giff wrote characters with depth and realism. The plot moves nicely and easily. Some of it is dated, being the the book was written in 1979, but I enjoyed that factor. This is a fine read and I recommend, particularly for elementary kids.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-440-42855-6
Date Finished: 3-8-2015
Pages: 118

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