Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes

“Tom Boy. What does that even mean? And where did it come from? And if there’s a Tom Boy, how come there’s no Jane Girl? I’m just saying’.” 

Grimes, Nikki. Planet Middle School.  Bloomsbury, 2011. 154 pages. Hardcover. $15.99, ISBN 978-1-59990-284-5

Joylin is twelve years old and a tom boy. She loves to play basketball. She doesn’t wear dresses or makeup. Her best friends are Jake and KeeLee. Keelee is a PK (preacher’s kid). All is great until her body starts to change on the inside and the outside and then – things get interesting. She starts to notice the boys and she starts to want to be noticed. You’ll have to read this heart warming and humorous novel in poem form to find out if Joylin stays true to who she is?

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