Book by Anderson, Ho Che
From School Library Journal:
Gr 5-7-Lark's 10th summer is one of great confusion for her. She is downright mean toward a boy her own age, known variously as Herschel/Skip/Motorboy, who's only fault seems to be wanting to teach her to ride a skateboard. She is bossy and her friends begin to rebel against her need to have her own way. Her parents are waiting for their divorce to become final and Lark has not accepted their separation. Her mother is angry at all men in general and her husband in particular. Lark decides that males of any age are bad and forms the No-Boys Club with the halfhearted support of her two best friends. The club is short-lived as Lark discovers that she really likes Herschel/Skip/Motorboy, that her mother's new boyfriend is pretty nice, and she has always adored her father, anyway. Readers never learn much about anyone but Lark from her first-person, present-tense narrative. While her uncertainties and vulnerable spots surface, it is difficult to care about her because of the way she treats others. The dialogue in Black English detracts from the story as it doesn't seem to have a purpose and is not used with any regularity. Lark seems older than 10; her feelings and her conversations with her friends and her mother all seem to belong to a young teen. A mediocre story about a rather unlikable girl entering puberty.-Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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