Books

Body Language in Middle Grade Lit

By Sarai Walker

STARFISH
By Lisa Fipps

CHUNKY
By Yehudi Mercado

TAKING UP SPACE
By Alyson Gerber

When I was a middle school student in the 1980s, a girl in my class presented a book report on Judy Blume’s “Blubber.” As the only fat kid in my class, I wouldn’t have been caught dead reading a book with that title. Yet that day I had to sit and listen to my classmate discuss the torment of poor Linda, the chubby girl terrorized by the rest of her fifth-grade class. Not surprisingly, Linda begins dieting in a desperate bid to make the bullying stop.

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