Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)

A Novel in Doodles

Karen Romano Young

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She doesn’t just love doodling, she needs it. . . .
 
Moving is tough. Being the new kid in school is even tougher. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. She got into trouble at her last school.
On the drive to their new home, her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move, the first days in a new city, and the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends. In the process, she reinvents herself as the Doodlebug. Her little sister seems to adjust to everything so easily—why is it so hard for Dodo?

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DOODLEBUG 2
 


by Doreen Bussery (the one and only TRUE Doodle bug
Yo, get away from me, birds!
IT’s not like I have nothing better to do in my life than draw a million little stripes on skinny outlines of letters.
Then why doodle?
THE PEOPLE ASK ME.
If you could see inside my head, you would understand.
Without a pen or pencil in my hand, my brain keeps on bringing up TOPICS.
Ack! Overload! Must jump up and act!
But put a pen in my hand and my big old brain can finally SHUT UP and in the new guiet, NOW! CAN HEAR BIRDS again and AIRPLANES flying over

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“We can only hope that this amusing and touching title will soon have a sequel so that we can once again share in Dodo Doodlebug’s world.” –Through The Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews

“Like Melissa Moss’ Amelia books, Young presents the story as if it is Doodlebug’s notebook, incorporating drawings, graphs, and different kinds of lettering that are an integral part of the story and make this insightful look into a middle-grader’s life a pleasure to read.” –Booklist

“This novel's graphic format, showcasing narrator Doreen's clever doodles, will fascinate readers. They also will admire Doreen's spunk, honesty and problem-solving skills.”The Topeka Capital-Journal

“It is sure to inspire creativity in children and teach them they can overcome obstacles that they may encounter.”The Kansas City Star

Young provides an engaging story about how Dodo reinvents herself as the Doodlebug in her new school, tracking her year in an illustration-filled notebook.” –Scripps News

An engaging, original heroine, a satisfying story and lots of great pictures…Charming and thoughtful.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews


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Children's Review: Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School): A Novel in Doodles by Karen Romano Young. Feiwel and Friends, $12.99 (112p) ISBN 978-0-312-55596-2
Doreen Bussey aka Dodo aka Doodlebug returns in this companion to Young’s Doodlebug (2010), which shares the loose, meandering, and very funny notebook-style format of its predecessor. As in that book
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Karen Romano Young

KAREN ROMANO YOUNG (www.karenromanoyoung.com) is the author of over a dozen books for children, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Beetle and Me: A Love Story, which has won several state awards, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly, and earned her a “Flying Start” in Publishers Weekly. She lives in Bethel, Connecticut, with her family.

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Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)
A Novel in Doodles
Karen Romano Young

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Connecticut Book Awards, Nominee

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March 2013
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ISBN: 9781250037657
ISBN10: 1250037654
Middle-Grade Fiction112 pages, B&W illus throughout
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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ISBN: 9780312555962
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6 x 9 inches, 112 pages, B&W illus throughout
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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