Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Summary: Augusta, a.k.a. Gus, hasn’t had much time for her younger sister Lou since middle school started. She feels bad about it, so creates this collection for her describing 47 people she’s met since starting sixth grade. There’s the usual middle school cast of characters: the old friend who’s grown distant, the surprising new friend, the boy who may be more than a friend, and the pack of mean girls. Gus’s parents have recently divorced, and negotiating between their two homes sometimes adds to her stress. As she goes through the first few months of the school year, she slowly finds a new group of friends who have her back and learns to feel more confident about speaking up for herself. 304 pages; grades 3-6.
Pros: Gus’s voice is pitch-perfect, and took me back to my own early middle school days, which is quite a ways back. Fans of Dork Diaries and other tween realistic fiction will enjoy meeting Gus and the other 47 characters.
Cons: The mean girls picked on Gus for wearing glasses, which seemed unrealistic, since it seems to me about half the kids in middle school are bespectacled these days.