Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Picture Junie B. Jones as an all grown-up (or growed-up as she would say) middle schooler. That's how I see Sofia, (named after a "sofa") the star of Rose Cooper's adorable book GOSSIP FROM THE GIRLS' ROOM.

In this book Sofia is a blogtastic middle schooler who tries to use her blog as a way to ease her way up the all-important popularity scale. The middle schooler language is dead-on which is no easy task, let me tell you. And, both my fifth grade daughter and I laughed our way through this charming tale of secrets, deception, and stinky bathroom stalls.

The book is written as if it's a secret journal--the blog behind the blog--where the whole ugly truth can be written. It's full of the most charming illustrations that I've ever seen. And, Rose did the illustrations, too.  Take a look:

My daughter and I give GOSSIP FROM THE GIRLS ROOM an enthusiastic double thumbs up.

Check out what the other Bookanistas are reading:

Elana Johnson marvels at Moonglass
Christine Fonseca  raves about It’s Raining Cupcakes
Shelli Johannes-Wells  chats with Pure and The Summer of Firsts & Lasts author Terra McEvaoy
LiLa Roecker  and Carrie Harris have a passion for Possession
Beth Revis admires the audiobook of Anansi Boys
Carolina Valdez Miller is giddy over Moonglass – with giveaway
Megan Miranda  swoons over Strings Attached
Shana Silver delves into Divergent
Matt Blackstone is tantalized by Bad Taste in Boys
Stasia Ward Kehoe  glories in a guestanista review of The Rendering


  1. This looks like a fun one. Thanks for the review Sarah!

  2. Rose is one of the most awesome people around--I'm lucky to be editor-sisters with her. And I would kill to be able to draw like her.

    Or maim. Maybe maim. ;)

  3. Oh my word, I love Junie B. Jones! Love the idea of her in middle school. Ha! That sold me. Although I've been wanting to pick this up since I heard of the sale. So fun. And what great illustrations!

  4. Hi, New follower here. :)
    I've seen this book around and follow Rose Cooper on Twitter but have yet to read it. I love Junie B. I'll put this one on my tbr list. Thanks.


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