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  • My Heart Fills with Happiness
  • Wolf Island

By author: Frieda Wishinsky
Selling Points: Self-image, obesity, mentoring
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2010
Lexile Level: HL510L
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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"I saw Eve on the street this summer," says Zoe. "She's gotten so fat. She looks like a blob."
   I feel like a herd of horses are stomping through my chest. I want to turn and run, but my feet are glued to the pavement.

It's hard enough for Eve to adjust to a new high school without the extra weight she's gained over the summer. Her best friend is ashamed to hang out with her, and she's become the focus of a schoolmate's cruelty. Determined not to be "that pathetic fat girl" at school, Eve struggles with a diet and forces herself to join a mentoring program. The diet only makes her food obsessed, and she feels she is failing as a mentor. How can a lonely fat girl gain the confidence she needs to succeed?
The Horn Book Guide - September 1, 2010
"Readers will relate to Eve's story."
CM Magazine - June 11, 2010
"Any teenage girls who have felt insecure or excluded will enjoy, and be inspired by, Eve no matter what they think of her weight…Readers will devour Blob in the same way Eve devours chocolate bars: after a taste you won't be able to stop until it's finished. Blob should be required reading for tween and teenage girls, or anyone who has ever been a teenager. Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - June 1, 2010
"Wishinsky captures the often brutal high school environment very well...The storyline is fast-paced and interesting while being written at a readability level which will appeal to those who struggle with reading. Eve's predicament reflects the issues that many young women in middle and high school have body image." - May 1, 2010
"Examines a very common struggle…Wishinsky's character feels the frustration of dieting but learns to handle her situation in a healthy way, both physically and mentally. She provides teens with a positive role model for dealing with a weight issue."


YALSA Quick Picks nominee, commended  US  2011
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended  CA  2011

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