Visually Clever Story
By Jennifer L. Holm
Random House Books for Young Readers, $15.99, 128 pages
Ginny Davis starts eighth grade with a big to-do list. She sets out to accomplish everything from trying out for cheer to falling in love ranking in her top 10 items to complete. Ginny’s story is told solely through visual cues such as texts, notes on the refrigerator, her brother’s comic strips, medical bills, take-out menus, homework and the strikeouts to her initial to-do list.
Even readers not drawn to graphic novels or other visual books, will appreciate the clever delivery of this story. Often funny, sometimes sad, and always honest, Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick offers a smart, satisfying read.
Reviewed by Lisa Ard