#15 Mallory's Guide to Boys, Brothers, Dads, and Dogs.

Author:Gardner, Diane
Position:Young adult review - Book review

Laurie Friedman (author), Jennifer Kalis (illustrator); #15 MALLORY'S GUIDE TO BOYS, BROTHERS, DADS, AND DOGS; Darbycreek (Young Adult Fiction) $15.95 ISBN: 9780822588863

Byline: Diane Gardner

Ten-year-old Mallory McDonald knows just how to solve the very serious problem she faces; it should be simple to get a boy to notice her. But somehow, things don't work as planned: her brother won't help her, and her grades are slipping. It's all falling apart. And with every scheme, things only get worse. Mallory's Guide to Boy's, Brothers, Dads, and Dogs is a delightful tale of a schoolgirl crush and the trouble it can cause.

In this latest book by Laurie Friedman, Mallory experiences her first crush -- on an older boy in sixth grade. She knows they are perfect for each other. Only one little problem stands in the way: he doesn't know she exists! So Mallory launches a plan, which promptly backfires in a big way. As she schemes to get noticed, her brother tells her to stick to boys her own age. And her parents get after her to improve her grades. But that's hard for a girl to do when all she can think about is the guy. Mallory must find a way to get noticed, gain her brother's support, and pass her math class all at the same time.

Friedman's book explores issues of growing up familiar to upper-elementary age girls. Told in first person from...

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