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Call me Oklahoma!

by Miriam Glassman

  Print book : Elementary and junior high school : Fiction  |  1st ed

Good read for niche audience   (2016-03-21)


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This story is fairly charming and easy situation to imagine going through as an intermediate student. The climax is somewhat lackluster though and doesn't match the character build up. It seems that when the character realizes that she doesn't need to be like her cousin because her cousin is self-absorbed, there isn't as much of an ah-ha as one would imagine. 

Another issue I have is the fixation over a stuffed toy monkey which played a big role in the book. This particular scene, along with the reaction and actions of students felt quite young for the age of the portrayed students (4th grade). 

The most memorable character is her teacher, who is a dynamic character who also tries to get the 4th grade students to realize they have many sides to themselves. Had she been more intwined in the story, and possibly the desire for a new identity to come after the teacher's discussion on identity, the story would have been better developed. 

This might be a good book for a young girl who struggles with a sense of identity, without being an intense or graphic book. As far as curricular purposes, I don't think I would use it for much outside of introducing starting paragraphs for chapters (as it does good at setting up the "voice" element in storytelling). It'll be interesting to see how this book is received by students (I may be back to update my review) but I felt that the rising action events could have been more memorable.

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