STARFISH BY LISA FIPPS
Starfish by Lisa Fipps is the coming of age story of Ellie Montgomery-Hofstein who is dealing with a lot as she starts grade six. Her best friend moves away, she is being bullied by the same classmates as in Grade 5, and her mother only wants to talk about her needing to lose weight.
I loved everything about this book. Ellie Montgomery-Hofstein is such a compelling, beautifully written main character. You will root for her, identify with her struggles, and laugh and cry with her until the very last page.
I would recommend this book as both an addition to a middle school classroom library and as a read aloud. The fact that it is a novel written in verse makes it an accessible choice for many students and the subject matter will be relatable to so many!