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The last year of elementary school is big for every kid. In this novel, equal parts funny and crushing, utterly honest and perfect for boys and girls alike, Christine Gouda faces change at every turn, starting with her own nickname—Tink—which just doesn't fit anymore. Readers will relate to this strong female protagonist whose voice rings with profound authenticity and absolute novelty, and her year's cringingly painful trials in normalcy—uncomfortable Halloween costumes, premature sleepover parties, crushed crushes, and changing friendships. Throughout all this, Tink learns, what you call yourself, and how you do it, has a lot to do with who you are. This book marks beloved author Karen Romano Young's masterful return to children's literature: a heartbreakingly honest account of what it means to be between girl and woman, elementary and middle school, inside and out—and just what you name that in-between self.
Praise For Hundred Percent…
"A lovely, lovely tale full of warmth, humor, and intelligence."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review—-
"A spot-on depiction of that middle school knife-edge where things can go from thrilling to mortifying in a nanosecond."-School Library Connection—-
"A wonderfully perceptive, humorous middle grade story about defining oneself when everything is suddenly awkward."--Kid Lit Reviews—-
"An unflinching look at a girl's first steps into self-consciousness, in every sense of that word. Readers will see themselves in Tink and find a measure of hope."--The New York Times—-
"Honest about the timeless ins and outs (and in-jokes) of sixth-grade dynamics."-The Horn Book Magazine—-
"Hundred Percent is a brilliant and irresistible book about the sharp pains and joys of real life. Karen Romano Young is a writer like no other. She always finds the truest, most interesting paths to the heart."-Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me—-
"Karen Romano Young has an unerring feel for the shifting alliances and uncomfortable intrigues of sixth graders. The voices are unique and the dialogue sparkles. Your heart will crack open as the cast of characters tries on one personality after the other, hoping to find the one that fits." -Ellen Wittlinger, Printz Honor-winning author of Hard Love—-
"Karen Romano Young must be twelve. There's no other way she can possibly know what she knows about sixth grade in all its weirdness and glory. Seen and felt and conveyed with unbelievable freshness and acuity, Hundred Percent handily performs the almost-impossible feat of offering its readers a mirror to their lives without gloom or condescension."-Annie Barrows, New York Times bestselling author of the Ivy & Bean series—-
"Sensitively portrays the way so many tweens run, stumble, and drag their feet toward adulthood."--Common Sense Media—-
"This charming book sings for any girl who doubts herself as she leaves her childhood behind."--Houston Family—-
"Young evokes the joys and pains of being in sixth grade."-VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates—-
"Perfectly captures the emotions of middle schoolers and their evolving friendships and familial relationships."-School Library Journal, starred review—-
"Readers will cheer for the sensitive, brave, fierce Tink as she tries to discover, and ultimately honor, herself."--Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review—-
"Romano's characters jump off the page in a thoughtful and realistic look at what it means to be on the precipice of adolescence."-Publishers Weekly—-
Chronicle Books, 9781452138909, 256pp.
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
About the Author
Karen Romano Young has written nearly two dozen books for children, and has illustrated several, including the groundbreaking graphic novel Doodlebug and its sequel Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School). She lives in Connecticut.