In the tradition of Every Soul a Star and Inside Out & Back Again, Just Like Me is a funny, uplifting summer camp story about unlikely friendships and finding your place in the world from the award-winning author of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet. Who eats Cheetos with chopsticks?! Avery and Becca, my "Chinese Sisters," that's who. We're not really sisters?we were just adopted from the same orphanage. And we're nothing alike. They like egg rolls, and I like pizza. They're wave around Chinese fans, and I pretend like I don't know them. Which is not easy since we're all going to summer camp to "bond." (Thanks, Mom.) To make everything worse, we have to journal about our time at camp so the adoption agency can do some kind of "where are they now" newsletter. I'll tell you where I am: At Camp Little Big Lake in a cabin with five other girls who aren't getting along, competing for a camp trophy and losing (badly), wondering how I got here...and where I belong. Told through a mix of traditional narrative and journal entries, don't miss this funny, surprisingly sweet summer read!
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"Cassandra Morris's beautifully fluid narration highlights the themes of identity and friendship in this heartwarming story. Julia just wants to be like the other girls. Unlike Avery and Becca, her Chinese "sisters"--who were both adopted from the same orphanage that she was--Julia wants to forget all about China and adoption. With her youthful voice, Morris embodies Julia, capturing the turmoil and mortification of a girl who is struggling to accept her identity while also trying to fit in with the cliques at her summer camp. Morris's performance is touching. Her lively modulations and giggles convey the high, excited tones of girls as they laugh and bicker, while strained whispers capture the quiet, heartfelt moments as secrets are shared and loyalties betrayed. M.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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