Title: Catie Conrad: How to Become the Most Unpopular Girl in Middle School
Author: Angie Spady
Illustrator: Channing Everidge
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
“In fact, Moses even asked God to pick someone else. But God doesn’t make mistakes. Perhaps you’ve been given this opportunity for a reason,” Catie is told in Angie Spady’s book, Catie Conrad: How to Become the Most Unpopular Girl in Middle School.
Second in the Desperate Diva Diaries series, this three hundred and four page paperback targets girls eight to twelve years old, especially if they are into fashion, the opposite sex, and drama. Using mainly the Holman Christian Standard Bible, also referenced are the NIV and NLT versions. With no profanity, sexual content, or extreme violence, its Christian focus is on preteen relationships and God.
Author Spady is an award-winning educator and curriculum author as well as a speaker to elementary school aged children. Living in Kentucky, she promotes self-expression in young ones with her passion for providing quality reading. Illustrator Everidge is a high school senior, artist, and daughter to the author. Her black and white illustrations are fun and quirky, mostly depicting the age group involved.
In this over-dramatized story written in first person by middle schooler Catie Conrad, the wanna-be fashion extraordinaire continues to write in her diary thoughts and happenings of her weird brother she calls Germ, her BFF Sophie incredible intelligence, the hot crush on cute Josh, and the constant thorn in her flesh, schoolmate Miranda.
With dreaded Valentine’s Day approaching, Catie has to deal not only with Germ’s pet skunk but also his taking care of a gross bearded dragon lizard. Tongue-tied whenever she is around Josh, she has to contend with Miranda’s terse comments as she tries to not hate her. When Sophie is chosen to be on the academic team, Catie does all in her power to help the team win.
Spread throughout the eclectic pages of rants, raves, worst or best days ever, and drawings of fashion designs, Catie is reminded it is not the outside that counts, but a pure heart for God as she writes prayer lists, learns about Moses, and reminds herself of Bible verses from both Old and New Testaments.
Including subjects of mononucleosis, clothing styles, famous artists, orphanages, and Compassion International, the book would be well-received by tweens that enjoy diaries, drama, infatuation, and popularity in middle school, especially Christian girls who go to church, participate in a youth group, and are believers in Christ.
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