And see there...she responded right away!
Ana, named after an Anaconda, is having a rough end to the school year. Her best friend has just moved away (to New Zealand of all places). She's dealing with final tests at school, a crush on a boy named Zack, and "The Sneerers". And to top it all off, her famous grandfather has just arrived (surprise!) and her parents are moving the family into a zoo for the summer.
I loved this book for many reasons, but most of all because the author hits the nail on the head when describing the feelings of a 12 year-old-girl. I am sure that nearly all of my fifth graders will be able to relate to her and I am so excited to share this book with them in the fall.
Another thing I love about this book is that Ana keeps lists of things that puzzle her. For example:
- Strange Things About Girls That I Will Never Understand, Despite Being One
- Top Motherly Tricks: A Marvel of Science or Black Magic?
Ana is really hilarious and I cared for her right from the start. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel, which will hopefully come out early next year!
Have you read this book? I'd love to hear what you think!