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Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

Book Summary

After Misty's best friend decides to avoid her in the interest of becoming cool as they start seventh grade, Misty's loneliness is even greater since her father's accident; her mother never leaves the house. Not one to roll over, Misty finds ways to get revenge on those who would wrong her, whether it's a lazy social studies partner or a complaining little sister.
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Courage for Beginners

Book Review

I don't know if everyone will appreciate this book, but the ones who love it are likely to really love it. Although Misty is afraid and nervous about things most kids her age wouldn't be, the fact that she isn't passive and the humor in this book keep its appeal. Although the middle school woes story is familiar, the voice is distinctive and worth a look.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Self-Confidence
  • Peer Relationships
  • Agoraphobia
  • Family Relationships
  • Kindness; Especially to Those Who Are Different From You

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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