Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

Middle grade readers will surely identify with 5th grader Pansy Smith as she tries to be the most Extraordinary friend ever.

Pansy is trying to win the class reading contest, learn to ice skate, be a girl scout, and still be a good citizen for her teacher.  Why is she trying to do so much?  Because she let down her best friend, Anna.  Pansy is certain that Anna will recover from a terrible illness and when she does Pansy will be the friend she always wanted to be.  “If I turn into an Extraordinary person, then Anna would have to forgive me for all the promises I’d broken.”

Grades:  5-8

Date finished:   3-23-15

Publication date:   5-5-15

Source:  ARC from publisher

Read harder:  2015 book, indie publisher, YA

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