Sarah and the naked truth

by Carbone, Elisa.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j CARBONE
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  j CARBONE
When 10-year-old Sarah wakes up with a wad of bubble gum stuck in her hair, she has no idea how much trouble it will cause. First, she has to cut off her long hair--then she's mistaken for a boy on her new basketball team. At least she has good friends, and each is facing a personal challenge of her own. Christina fumes at being forced to represent Mexico in a school pageant despite her Salvadoran background. And Olivia has a secret about her leg she's reluctant to share with even her new best friends. With the help of some funny mishaps, the trio comes to realize that it's far better to be true to themselves than pose as people they're not. Sarah's mom calls it showing the world their naked truth. And sometimes that's embarrassing!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3^-5. Not as successful as Starting School with an Enemy (1998), this sequel is more contrived in plot, and the message ("Just be yourself") is too heavily spelled out. Still, there's humor and humanity in the friendship depicted, especially in the nonreverential acceptance of disability. Sarah and Christina welcome Olivia, their new classmate from Trinidad, and when they learn her secret, they help her overcome her shame about her artificial leg. Olivia even joins their soccer game. Meanwhile, Sarah must stop covering up her own secret, and Christina has to stand up to an overbearing teacher who won't allow her to be herself. The three parallels are overdone. What readers will enjoy is the mayhem at school and the funny dialogue (the talk between Sarah and her older brother is reminiscent of conversation in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's early Alice books). Best of all is the way the friends learn to deal with Olivia's disability: they help her and she lets them, but only when she asks and only after she tells them how. --Hazel Rochman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fans of Starting School with an Enemy may well be disappointed in this middling sequel. Truth-telling is at the center of Carbone's meandering story, as fifth-grade Sarah and her friends, Christina and new neighbor Olivia, each grapple with a deceit of sorts. Soon after her mother cuts short Sarah's bubble-gum matted hair, the girl attends basketball tryouts, which, unbeknownst to her, is for a boys-only team. Incredibly, she plays on the team without realizing that the coach and her teammates don't know she is a girl. After discovering their misconception, Sarah decides to wait it out, but must come clean with the "naked truth" just before the team sets out on an overnight trip (during which the coach plans to throw the team into the shower). Meanwhile, Olivia, a recent arrival from Trinidad, finally reveals to her new best friends that she wears an artificial leg. With uncharacteristically obvious jokes, the author stretches her truth theme too thin. Despite the convincing dialogue that recommended the first episode starring Sarah, this novel, if truth be told, hits a few too many false notes. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Best friends -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Knopf,2000
Language English
Description 144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 0375802649 (trade)
0375902643 (lib. bdg.)
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