Here She Is, Ms. Teeny-Wonderful
By Martyn Godfrey
This is a great middle-grader written by a Canadian writer. Martyn Godfrey captures the angst of the early teenage mind in a humorous way. This book was part of our Canadian Book Review Challenge for this month, and I am SO glad that John Mutford suggested that we read the book. I will be reading some of the other books by Martyn Godfrey very soon. What a great story-teller!
Carol is a tough bike-jumping teen. Her idea of a good time is to hang out with Wally and do some impressive bike-jumping. But one day, Carol came home to learn that her mother entered her into a contest by Canada Woman Magazine. Carol couldn’t believe her mother would do this without talking to her and refused to have anything to do with the contest.
However, as time went on, she because lured by the prizes. So, Carol decides reluctantly to try out for the contest and to go to Toronto. While at the contest, she runs into two twin girls who will do everything that can to win. Carol is also treated very badly by them and the other contestants. So, she decides to strike back. The adolescent reader will be able to empathize with Carol and the catty nature of these girls. Adolescent girls can be mean and clickish when they start feeling vulnerable. But Carol shows that just because you’re a bit different from the others it doesn’t mean you should allow them to destroy you or your self-esteem.
This book is motivated and realistic. I loved the book and I plan to read all of Martyn’s other novels to find out more about what happens to Carol and Wally.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth