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Planet Middle School

por Nikki Grimes

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A series of poems describes all the baffling changes at home and at school in twelve-year-old Joylin's transition from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl.
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I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked this book because it tells a realistic story of middle school through poetry. The characters are believable and well-developed. The story is from the main character's point of view and thus we hear a story and also the feelings and emotions of the character. ( )
  ayamma1 | Mar 24, 2020 |
For twelve years, Joylin Johnson's life has been just fine. A game of basketball with the boys-especially her friend Jake-was all it took to put a smile on her face. Baggy jeans, T-shirt, and hair in a ponytail were easy choices. Then, everything suddenly seemed to change all at once. Her best girl friend is now flirting with her best guy friend. Her clothes seem all wrong. Jake is acting weird, and basketball isn't the same. And worst of all, there is this guy, Santiago, who appears from . . . where? What lengths will Joy go to--and who will she become--to attract his attention?
  unsoluble | Jun 4, 2018 |
Narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson. "What's wrong with me?" Puberty drops like a bomb on basketball-loving tomboy Joylin. All kinds of alien events are happening to her: her first bra, menstruation, and now boys, including a crush on Santiago. Just because everything is changing, does it mean Joylin has to change, too? Narrator Sisi youthfully expresses Joylin's emotions and reactions, from confusion to embarrassment to affection. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This novel told in verse centers around a girl who very much enjoys the sport of basketball. However, as puberty hits she begins to notice boys and wanting to change herself into a more feminine girl to get their attention. I like the perspective of the character in this book, and it may identify with some middle school girls experiencing the same issues. The author is a highly acclaimed African American writer, poet, and educator who loves to provide her readers with real-life characters. ( )
  Melina_Hiatt_Easter | Jul 2, 2015 |
Hm..

I opened this book with intention of skimming it to get the jest, but it captured me and I couldn't stop-- I read it cover to cover immediately.

I felt the poetry in this book in a visceral way. Grimes brought this girl to very believable life.

...but... I worry about whether this book should be chosen for a student. Here's the thing: the female protagonist in this book has been a 'tomboy' her whole life, but now she's got a rush of new hormones and suddenly she's caring about stuff she never has before (namely: boys).

She's trying a new wardrobe, she's toying with altering her style of feminine masculinity, and she's getting frustrated with her seeming failure to get the guy's attention.

For 'tomboy' girls who are the sort to 'grow out of' their tomboyishness, I think this is really fitting. But my concern is that characters like these are so few, that a child struggling with other points along the femininity-masculinity spectrum may feel as though she has no choice but to mature into the same types of choices that this character did.

Female masculinity isn't relegated to pre-pubescent years for all girls, and not all masculine pre-pubescent girls grow into heterosexual preferences. I don't know...I'm just not convinced this book is the most careful selection. I know Grimes couldn't possibly discuss all the forms of femininity, but I worry a parent will see this book and 'assign' it as appropriate to her or his daughter based solely on the fact that tomboyishness is something so commonly accepted as a finite phase that should and will eventually end. ( )
  jamdwhitt | Apr 20, 2015 |
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