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Grade Level
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Picture Story Book
Peer Relationships

20 August 2007

The New Girl… And Me

Written by Jacqui Robbins; Illustrated by Matt Phelan

This book captures the emotions of Mia who wants to befriend a new student in her class, but is afraid to do so. The new girl, Shakeeta, has a pet iguana and threatens to punch a boy in the head. But Shakeeta looks so lonely. Will Mia befriend Shakeeta or will she always be afraid of Shakeeta?

The illustrations are so beautiful; it suits the simple text. This is a wonderful book to help ease the first day of school for a new student or to show new friends can be made if one is brave and reaches out a hand of welcome.