We Are Party People
Pixie likes to be in the background, unlike her adventurous parents, who traveled the world and settled down to run their own party-planning business after Pixie was born. While her mother and father adore performing roles as part of the business requirements - mermaids, magicians, musicians - Pixie prefers to stuff the gift bags and arrange the snacks. Her new-to-school friend decides to run for student council, and Pixie is too shy to wear a campaign t-shirt, and too shy to say she doesn't think her friend has a chance of winning. She's also definitely too shy to fill her mother's shoes - or fins - as a mermaid at a party while her mother is out of town caring for Pixie's grandmother. Why is she so completely different from her outgoing parents?
This is a journey to self-confidence, plain and simple. While somewhat predictable, it's a sweet story that's unique and appealing to the target audience in its details, especially about handling young children in various themed gatherings. Positive friendships and somewhat unusual but also realistic family relationships make this book easy to recommend, even for advanced younger readers. Sixth grade is probably a perfect audience for this book.
"Part of my dad's over-the-top display is that he's happy to see me, and I know this is true. Except a bigger part of it is that he craves the attention, likes making a spectacle of himself, is putting on an act and pretending to be an exaggerated version of some way-embarrassing father, as a joke, and that's what gets to me. That's what leaves me feeling mortified for myself, and for him."
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