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The Popular Girls Club. Library Binding – 1 Jan 1973

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Juv) (Jan. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067165196X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671651961
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! Simon & Schuster REALLY need to republish this book! 9 July 2008
By E. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
I'm a HUGE fan of this book. The folks at Simon & Schuster REALLY need to dust off the microfilm & re-publish this gem. I'm 42 years old & vividly remember reading this book about 30 years ago when I was in 5th or 6th grade, cliques started forming & I didn't know how to deal with it -- some of my long-time friends were "in", some were "out" & I was caught in the middle.

I am looking for books to help my 6-year old daughter handle the social dynamics of grade school (alas, nowadays, the cliques do form this early). She's socially adept & well-liked by her peers, but these peers are not as accepting of some of her long-time playmates from preschool. Believe it or not, things sometimes get ugly.

There aren't many books out there for young elementary school children to read about handling awkward social situations (though Aliki takes a stab at this with her charmingly illustrated books, "Manners" & "Feelings"). I suddenly remembered "The Popular Girls' Club", typed in a search, & was sad to see that it's out of print.

It's a beautifully written & nicely illustrated book about a tween-aged girl who returns to school after summer vacation, only to discover that her former crowd of elementary school girl friends have changed & formed a clique which has chosen to exclude her. At first, she cries & feels miserable & desperately tries to talk with her former best friend & be taken back. When this fails, she learns to stick to her guns, march to her own drummer, & find new friends ... who turn out to be WAY more interesting, talented, nice, & intellectually exciting. By the time her old friends miss her & want her back, she has totally moved on & is willing to forgive but has little desire to be friends with these girls again. As I recall, the girl's family is intact & her parents are generally loving & supportive, but they're not really in the picture because this book is primarily focussed upon her & her inner strength & the personal growth she achieves all on her own.

HELLO, Simon & Schuster! The K-3 set are watching way too many episodes of "Hannah Montana" & "Lizzie McGuire" & could use some HELP here.

WHEN will
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for sixth graders! 27 Jun. 2003
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
Ellen doesn't know what happened. Last year, in fifth grade, Ellen was very popular. Now in sixth grade, all the girls who were her "friends" have now turned even more popular and now Ellen has no friends. The popular girls are very mean to Ellen. They call her names, exclude her, and basicly ignore her. Does Ellen get revenge, or, even better, get any friends? Read this great book to find out!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars The Popular Girls Club (1972) 26 Dec. 2014
By Kristen Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
This is one of those books where the narrator remains nameless. This book is about a girl whose friends mysteriously stop speaking to her and exclude her from their new club.

It's not as though other girls don't try to befriend her. A nerdy girl named Clara invites her over to make leaf placemats, but the narrator is worried that she'll never get into the club if she hangs out with "Dr. Cyclops." The protagonist's own prejudices are apparent pretty early on.

Also, she bonds with a very shy girl named Amy over cookies in the cafeteria. But when Amy works up the courage to invite the protag home to help bake some, she turns her down. The girl bemoans the loss of her friends, even though she has to admit they could be mean and shallow at times. She tries to contact her best friend of the group, Rosemary, but the group is always together and make fun of her when she tries to ask why they are acting this way.

The girl reflects on how other girls were jealous of her group of friends and worries that she really does smell like they are now saying. We learn that the girls didn't like anyone to be too different from them because "it would be like planting a cactus in the middle of a row of tulips." All the girls belonged to the same church and wouldn't think of inviting the two black kids at school along. Her parents begin to get worried about her and buy her a kitten to keep her company. Then the popular girls plan a Halloween party and of course, don't invite the protagonist. It's especially hurtful not to get an invitation because it's the first boy/girl party the group has had. The protagonist meets up with Amy on Halloween and the two see that the party really isn't all that it was cracked up to be. The girl finally relents and becomes friends with both Amy and Clara. Rosemary calls to apologize and the Popular Girls Club (they don't actually call themselves that) breaks up. We never really find out why they were so cruel to her, except that one of the girls might have been out to take her best friend.
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