Great Chapter Book for Girls

If you are looking for a great chapter book for girls, your search is over!  This one my daughter read over the summer in just one day.  Good for her, bad for me as I was hoping to have a few more days to discover the next book she would love.  This story plays upon one of my daughter’s worst fears, a school with no other girls!  But seeing how the main character Claire manages this challenge is fun and refreshing.

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Title: The Only Girl in SchoolOnly Girl in School great chapter book for girls

Author: Natalie Standiford

Target: Grades 3-6

Series: No

What this book is about:

When Claire’s best friend moves away from their small island, Claire becomes the only girl in their whole elementary school! Imagine not just a class filled with boys but a whole school with nothing but testosterone. To top it off, her other best friend Henry has decided to hang out with another boy instead of Claire. The only kid willing to work with her is also the one boy embarrassingly in love with her. The feelings are not reciprocated! Claire must work through some difficult challenges and learn to stand up for herself as she braces herself for a year full of surprises.

Why I love this book:

  • I love the premise of the story. It’s easy to write off the boys when there are plenty of girls to hang out with, but when you are the lone standout you have to learn to get along or be pretty lonely.
  • I liked the format of the story. Each chapter is essentially a letter that Claire is writing to Bess, her best girl friend who left the island. It feels as though Claire is really talking to the reader.
  • I’m glad they gave the boys who were not fans of Claire some humanity. While they don’t want the embarrassment of hanging out with a girl, just like a sibling they stand up for their own when Claire gets insulted by some boys from out of town.

Who this book is for:

Great for readers of realistic fiction. Fans of Wendy Mass should enjoy this one.

Final thoughts:

While I love it when middle grade fiction has illustrations, these drawings didn’t do a whole lot for the story. I found them more of a distraction which is unfortunate.

To Purchase this book:

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