June 5, 2010

Molly McGinty has a Really Good Day - by Gary Paulsen

Everything is going wrong for Molly.  She lost her notebook, in which she keeps every single detail of her very organized life.  Her wild and embarrassing grandmother is coming to school for Senior Citizens Day.  She ripped her skirt, got a black eye, and had her hair set on fire.  Could this day get any worse?  Yes.  This is a hilarious story of a girl, her friends, and her grandmother (and the boy she likes), all trying to get through one pretty extraordinary day at school, and learning a lot about life along the way.

This isn't what you'd think of when you think of Gary Paulsen, famous for Hatchet and other wilderness, outdoorsy books.  However, it is a surprisingly enjoyable book!  This is a great book if you like interesting characters, school stories, large purses, or weird grandmothers.  Girls will love the confused but brave main character, but boys will find things to like about the story as well.  I did.

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