Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff


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Ginny has ten items on her big to-do list for seventh grade. None of them, however, include accidentally turning her hair pink. Or getting sent to detention for throwing frogs in class. Or losing the lead role in the ballet recital to her ex-best friend. Or the thousand other things that can go wrong between September and June. But it looks like it’s shaping up to be that kind of a year!

As readers follow Ginny throughout the story of her year, told entirely through her stuff—notes from classmates, school reports, emails, poems, receipts, and cartoons from her perpetually-in-trouble older brother Harry—a portrait emerges of a funny, loveable, thoughtful girl struggling to be herself…whoever that person turns out to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442436633
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Ginny Davis's Year in Stuff Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 442,519
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jenni Holm is the Newbery Honor-winning author of Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise, and the BabyMouse graphic novel series. She lives in Northern California with her family.

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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
WilleyK More than 1 year ago
I read the book Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm. I couldn't put it down! I was drawn to this book by the title and the awesome pictures. The reality of this book and how you can relate to the young girl is the best part. Middle School is worse than Meatloaf is a book about a young pre-teen and her experiences in the 7th grade. Her name was Genne. Well within her 7th grade year she experiences many problems. One would be her mom and step-dad getting married. She also faces problems with friend, family, and her self. This book is a story about the life of a typical teenage girl. I could relate to Genne me myself being in 7th grade I can relate to the struggles she faces. I especially recommend this book to any young girl around my age. It a fun yet comical book that I defiantly recommend. I loved reading this book and you would too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a twelve year old middle school sudent. The fron cover looked cool,so i read it. A very good and easy to read book. I reccomend it for everyone! this book is sweet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading "Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf" I thought the book was great ! Students going to Middle School can relate to this book,so I would recommend this book to many of my friends. This book is about a twelve year old who's just starting Middle School. Through the book she talks about her life and how complicated it is! It also has many funny comments and poems which makes it an even greater book! In no time you will be asking yourself "How did I finish this book so quickly !" It's is a real page turner! Another book I would like to read by Jennifer L.Holms, the author , is "Turtle in Paradise". I would like to read this book because it's about an eleven year old named Turtle who's living in the 1930's . At that time jobs and money were very scarce and now Turtle needs to leave because her mother gets a job as a housekeeper and the lady doesn't like children ! So Turtle is stuck moving to Florida and having to stay with relatives she's never met. For all those who are reading this I assure you that you will be fully in love with the book "Middle School is worse than Meatloaf"! Just read it and see for yourself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is an awsome book if i were you, you should read it. it's almost better then TWILIGHT!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that this is one of the most intriguing books I've come across so far this year.

This isn't a normal novel, in that, although the book does contains actual words, the story isn't told in regular story format. Rather, as the full title suggests, it's a story that describes a year in the life of Ginny Davis, a seventh grader at Woodland Central, through stuff.

Stuff, as in notes from the principal. Stuff, as in letters to and from school friends. Stuff, as in pictures of play costumes, and cancelled checks, and calendar notations, and report cards. Stuff, as in anything and everything that makes up the life of a middle-schooler.

Author Jennifer L. Holm is to be commended for this awesome book, which offers a peek into middle school life, and inside the comings-and-goings of a teenage girl. From Post It notes from mom to crazy cards from Grandpa Joe, you'll find yourself smiling and reminiscing as you browse through the pages of MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN MEATLOAF.

This would be the perfect gift for anyone about to enter middle school, or, actually, for anyone who just enjoys books that are a little different from the norm. Believe me, this story is sure to please!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meatloaf Is Worse Than Middle School is a funny kid book that a mom could sit down and read to their child every once and a while. their are really a lot of cool characters but in the book which im going to tell you about this before i tell you to read it is that not all of it is words, their are alot of pictures and little decorations in the book but PLEASE dont let that stop you from reading it because it is a really good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I thought it was so cool and I really liked how is was set up. I told my friend she should read it and she also loved it we both read it in like an hour on and off because we were in class and we had to listen a little but i really enjoyed this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am the mother of a seventh grade girl, and am selective about the books my daughter reads. I came across Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf. From the first page it was amazing how much I enjoyed it, let alone my daughter. The story line by author Jennifer L. Holm and the illustrations by Elicia Castaldi took me back several years. The funny part is, with the exception of the technological changes (i.e. e-mail), much of what was in the book was similar to my childhood and middle school experiences. Both Ms. Holm and Ms. Castaldi have succeeded in bringing to life a very important time in any girl¿s life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a middle school teacher and I had begun to hear a lot of talk about the book MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN MEATLOAF. I decided to pick up a copy to see why it had captured my students¿ attention. After reading the book it was clear to me why. The book brings to life the experiences of Ginny Davis through an amazingly detailed series of illustrations. Although I do not have children of my own I have been in the school system for 15 years and was amazed by how this book captured the middle school experience. It is a must read for young girls.
Schuman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about Ginny who is middle school. It is written in lists, notes and school assignments. On her list is a new dad, the lead in the school play, her brother to chill, among other things. She gets her new dad but realizes he is not perfect, she practices for the lead in the school play but doesn't get it, and it goes on. Everything that can go wrong in middle school does.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a completely different type of storytelling -- it's "a year told through stuff." Ginny is a 7th grader who is loves ballet and wants to improve lots of things about her life. The book is set up like a scrapbook or portfolio of very ordinary things: post-it notes from her mother, lists, shopping receipts, a few newspaper clippings, school assignments (my favorite was the "write 3 haikus" one where she wrote three about the school lunch meatloaf), and other assorted items. You might think this wouldn't work too well, but Jennifer Holm has gathered exactly the right combination of items that tell a cohesive story about a girl who makes mistakes, occasionally does the right things, dreams, laughs, loves and everything else. A very different and enjoyable reading experience!
karinaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I loved this book. I thought it was incredible how much of a narrative the reader can get without there being any paragraphs. However, on piece of ¿stuff¿ leads to the next and the reader really seems to understand the main character and her challenges. Curricular/Programming Connections:Read book as a class then for one month have students keep little things from daily activities. Then have them assemble the ¿stuff¿ to make a story. Discuss the challenges of middle school, fitting in with friends, step family, accepting physical appearance, etc. Have group come up ways to deal with the challenges faced in the book.
SueDLeatherman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ginny Davis keeps a scrapbook of her 7th-grade year of school as she embarks on the strange new world of Middle School with excitement and expectation. The scrapbook begins with Ginny's school shopping list, her class schedule, and "Ginny's Big To Do List!!!" Each page records a moment in Ginny's life. There is the note about Mary Catherine Kelly, her former "best friend," who conveniently forgets to return Ginny's favorite pink sweater and then spreads a rumor around school about Ginny's older brother Henry. Ginny's babysitting list suggests "people to hit up" for a job and who NOT (!) to take care of, especially Tiffany, the biter. Other pages of her scrapbook share magazine articles like, "5 Ways to Look Pretty Now!" Maybe changing her hair color will make her nose look smaller. The audition announcements from Madame Cecile's Ballet Academy are pasted in her scrapbook. She longs to be the lead dancer in the Nutcracker ballet. Ginny also saves the notes and scraps of clippings that record events about her family, good and bad. There is the announcement in the newspaper of her mother's marriage to Bob, the insurance salesman, and the cartoon drawings made by her older brother Henry revealing his neighborhood pranks. She even keeps a note from her school counselor asking why her little brother Timmy wears a cape to school? Do other teenage girls have a little brother that thinks he's a super hero? In every instance Ginny expresses her innermost feelings with "stuff" plastered in her scrapbook. Is Middle School so bad? Will Ginny survive her first year as a teenage girl? While scouring the stacks in the children and youth section of the local library looking for books to read and review, I came across this book, "Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf" by Jennifer L. Holm. The style of the book fascinated me immediately but I was a bit hesitant to check it out. On the cover is a wonderful recommendation from Andrew Clements, author of the bestseller, Frindle. This helped me to decide.What a treat! The pictures, by Elicia Castaldi, and the cartoon segments, by the author's brother, Matthew Holm, create the realism of a scrapbook journal! After reading the book, I pulled out old scrapbooks that I kept as a teenager and discovered that they are very much the same as Ginny's scrapbook. I felt like I was one of Ginny's girlfriends sharing her secrets. It's a fun book to read and is definitely a book that I will love sharing with my teenage nieces and maybe even sharing with my sister while sipping chocolate malteds, painting fingernails, and listening to "the Oldies."
storybook2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Should be a quick sell to the 7th grade audience (mostly girls). Light heartedness turns serious with only a few pages remaining, but satifying conclusion. Scrapbook format is intriguing and humorous. Girls will find immediate relevence in this one.
miksmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Most middle school girls do not have "Get a dad" at the top of their "to do" lists. But Ginny lost her father at a young age, and has found a suitable replacement in Bob, her mother's boyfriend. In fact, she orchestrated their meeting, which she describes in one of her scrapbook entries. When Bob becomes part of the family, Ginny and her two brothers react differently, and it is a learning experience for all. My seventh grade daughter and I both loved this book. We laughed out loud, though some parts are also quite touching. Holm tells the story of Ginny's alternately ordinary and extraordinary year's experiences in a unique and clever way.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Holm writes Babymouse, so I was pretty much expecting this book to be exactly what it is: Wimpy Kid for girls. A friend since childhood deserts our main character for a more popular group¿problems in the family, including stepparents and juvenile delinquent brothers¿a mom who just doesn¿t understand¿teachers who are clueless¿mean fellow middle schoolers¿.I would guess this would be very popular at my school among fourth and fifth graders, just because of the fun format and situations to which most could relate.
artlibby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meet Ginny Davis, a seventh grader trying to deal with all the self esteem issues facing a middle schooler in modern day America. The reader follows her seventh grade journey through a hybrid visual diary meets scrapbook format. The illustrations and layout are as much a part of the story as the text. We see instant messages, horoscopes, receipts and family refrigerator notes. Piled on top of the middle school mixture of emotional development and physical growth is the delinquency of Ginny's older beloved brother and the addition of a step-dad. The story takes place in a generic middle school and home that could be found in any number of towns across America, and replicates the changing dynamic of the contemporary family. Recommended for middle school and high school libraries.
meisbres on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You might not have thought about it, but your stuff tells a lot about you. Imagine if someone emptied your pockets, purse, locker, backpack, and drawers and printed your IMs, texts, emails, and notes. This is what tells seventh grader Ginny's story in Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf.
churche on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it was awsome made me happy for school
momccarthy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We are invited into Ginny's life through notes, ticket stubs, bank statements, newspaper articles, medical reports, English assignments, report cards, etc. Part of the fun and humor is piecing her life together through these objects. The laughter at the start of the book sometimes gives way to sorrow as we hurt for Ginny in the hard times. Cudos to friend Becky Soo and the art teacher; boo hiss for Mary Catherine; lots of questions about relationships in Ginny's house...
librariankristin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seventh-grader Ginny tales the story of her year "through stuff." Colorfully illustrated with journal entries, notes, and (sigh) report cards this story is sure to please the most reluctant middle school readers.
GlencoeKids on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ginny faces all sorts of changes as she twists and turns her way through 7th grade. From ballet try-outs to turning her hair pink (accidently) and getting a new stepdad (good!) and having her brother sent to military academy/reform school (bad), Ginny comes through it with humor and grace. The story is told through notes, report cards, school essays, even autographs on a cast!
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Told through a collection of stuff (receipts, notes, report cards, bank statements, invitations, etc.), this is the story of Ginny Davis's 7th grade year. I found it hilarious and touching and a really fun way to read a book!
kikotomo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A refreshing read - and educational, too! It's hard to believe how Holm is able to create a story from pictures of receipts, newspaper clippings, diary entries, and postcards. The perfect read for the middle school girl who can identify with the main character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago