The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things | Carolyn Mackler

High school sophomore Virginia Shreves feels like an outcast in her perfect family—until her brother makes a mistake, and she finds out she’s not the only one with flaws.

Awards & Honors

• A Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2004

• A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, 2004

Booktalk

“The earth, my butt, and other big round things” … Virginia likes to make lists like this. They help her make sense of all the unfair things in life: her overweight figure and her controlling psychologist mom, for example. Virginia has always felt as if she doesn’t belong in her family of attractive over-achievers. But when her older brother Byron is suspended from college after being accused of date rape, she begins to realize that nobody’s perfect. And if she can learn to like herself, Virginia just might find cause to celebrate “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.”

Mackler, Carolyn. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2003.

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May 30, 2009. Tags: , , . Chick Lit.

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