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by Cotterill, Jo,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv COTTERILL Jo
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Fiction J COTTERILL
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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Moon Township Public Library Juvenile Fiction JF COTTERILL Jo
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Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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Collection  Juvenile Fiction
"A sympathetic portrayal of adolescent angst with a feel-good resolution." -- Kirkus Reviews

"An engaging story about body image, family dynamics, and the power of poetry."-- School Library Journal

"Cotterill depicts Jelly and her friends deftly, and her exploration of Jelly's feelings is sensitive and convincing and heralds her triumph in the end, demonstrating her newly found self-respect."-- Booklist

Twelve-year-old Jelly hides her true self behind her humor and keeps her true thoughts and feelings locked away in a notebook. Can she find the courage to share who she really is?

Angelica (Jelly for short) is the queen of comedy at school. She has a personality as big as she is, and everyone loves her impressions. But Jelly isn't as confident as she pretends to be. No one knows her deepest thoughts and feelings. She keeps those hidden away in a secret notebook.

Then her mom's new boyfriend, Lennon, arrives. He's kind and perceptive, and he is the first person to realize that Jelly is playing a part. Jelly shares her poetry with him and he convinces her to perform one of her poems as a song at the school talent show. Can Jelly risk letting people see the real her? What if it all goes wrong?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Angelica, aka ""Jelly,"" has a wicked sense of humor, demonstrated in her impressions of her teachers and other adults. She is relentlessly cheerful, turning nasty comments about her weight into mini comedy routines and not letting them get to her. But they do hurt, and at the home she shares with her single mother, she retreats into her poetry, pouring her pain and her serious reflections into poems. Then she meets Lennon, a folksinger who becomes her mother's boyfriend, and she finds a kindred spirit in him. He convinces her that she can be honest about her feelings and that she doesn't always have to express herself through being funny all the time. Cotterill depicts Jelly and her friends deftly, and her exploration of Jelly's feelings is sensitive and convincing and heralds her triumph in the end, demonstrating her newly found self-respect. Jelly's poems appear in a handwritten font on lined paper throughout the novel, which adds to the appeal. Lennon makes a song out of the poems, and the lyrics and music are included.--Donna Scanlon Copyright 2020 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
Overweight persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-confidence -- Juvenile fiction.
Girls -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Overweight persons -- Fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Fiction.
Self-confidence -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Diary fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2018
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 265 pages : illustrations, music ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781499810066
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