Big Girl Small

Anyone who’s been in my class in the past 2 years knows I love, love, love this book. I think it’s a stroke of genius to show the teenage condition – that sense that you’re just not that important, that everyone is looking at you, talking about you, judging you – by making the main character, Judy, a dwarf.  She doesn’t just feel small, she actually is small. Talk about a physical manifestation of teenage angst.  But the really brilliant part of this book is that the dwarfism is the only thing unusual about Judy Lohden. Rachel DeWoskin otherwise makes her a completely average teenager, with all the problems, worries, interests and desires of one.  That includes a desire to shag the cutest boy in school, Kyle, and a major heart (and head) ache when it all goes to hell in a hand basket.

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