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Starfish
Starfish | Lisa Fipps
23 posts | 16 read | 19 to read
Bullied and shamed her whole life for being fat, twelve-year-old Ellie finally gains the confidence to stand up for herself, with the help of some wonderful new allies.
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Nebklvr
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This is a very quick read about bullying, body issues, fat phobia, and teen friendships. It felt very true to life in that nothing ever seems to happen to the bullies but the emotional growth of the protagonists was inspiring.

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Reign_1982
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I felt very uncomfortable reading this book. This book has a very valid point. But as a mother it makes me rethink a lot of things. I'm considered plus size to a lot of people, and I have been rude to others. Now I just feel all around bad. I would suggest this book. But it definitely has a lot of triggers.

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Reign_1982
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It‘s unknown how many students‘ lives librarians have saved by welcoming loners at lunch.

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Reign_1982
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This will be my Saturday read

Butterflyamore This is my favorite of 2021 so far! 5mo
Reign_1982 @Butterflyamore I've been indifferent about reading it. But I'm going to give it a try. So far my favorite for 2021 is The Shape of Thunder 5mo
Butterflyamore @Reign_1982 Oh, I hadn‘t heard of that one, but I just looked it up and it sounds amazing! 5mo
Reign_1982 @Butterflyamore you never hear about the school shooters family and how they feel. This book made me cry, laugh, and really think. 5mo
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GirlNamedJesse
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There are a lot of ways I tell a great book from a good one: reading it in one sitting, wanting to punch fictional characters in the face, reenacting dramatic conversations between characters while enraged, clapping my damn hands when the absolute perfect thing happens. Get your hands on this one. And do something with it because holy hell the words said to this fictional child are not all that fictional and it is devastating.

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Michollio
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😆😆😆😆

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sannu23
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Although this is a middle grade book, it should be read by EVERYONE. Body-shaming can never be right and everyone should know this. It really broke my heart reading Ellie's story and what she has to go through. However, what I loved about this book is how the entire situation was dealt with from therapy to confrontation, teaching us that attacking is not a solution.

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triplem80
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It's been a rough reading month for me, both in terms of quality and quantity. So I was so glad I picked this one up today! It's a middle grade novel written in verse, so it was a super quick read, but it had such a great story and lessons to be taught. And as someone who has a hard time loving herself, I *did* cry a little!

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Lovesbooks87
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“I want people to accept me,
just as I am.”

Ellie is a middle schooler who is bullied about her weight not just by her classmates but by her family as well. Ellie just wants everyone to accept her just the way she is. They decide to take her to a therapist who can help Ellie express herself and stand up to get bullies. I just wanted to reach though the book and slap Ellie‘s family and have them support her. I gave all the stars to this novel!

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Awesome book in free verse about the lived experience of Ellie, a budding writer who is bullied at home and at school because of people‘s perceptions of her weight. This book should be in all middle school libraries.

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Eggs
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“The library is my safe harbor...it‘s unknown how many students‘ lives librarians have saved by welcoming loners for lunch...”

Ellie has a daily struggle with shame and bullying at school. But the worst comes from home - her mom‘s obsessed with Ellie‘s need to lose weight. Great story told in verse💗

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks @SarahBradley

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 8mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️💙❤️ 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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Butterflyamore
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Lisa Fipps writes with eloquence, while still capturing the voice of a young, insecure girl perfectly. Just about every short chapter made me pause to reflect or catch my breath. Ellie‘s story is heartbreaking, but it‘s also a story of personal growth and self-acceptance.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3670521077

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Butterflyamore
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“A friend hears what you say with silence.”

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Butterflyamore
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“I step down into the pool.”

#firstlinefridays

I know that might not draw you in, but I love this book so much. Check out some of the other quotes I posted yesterday.

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MaggieCarr
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Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Expand Your Horizons 2021: Midwest Author (Indiana)

Holy 5 ⭐FISH, I didn't expect such an emotional read! This middle grade debut told in verse is a quick read that I already know will stick with me for the remainder of my daughter's preteen/teen years and beyond. I know parents can be flawed, obviously, but to identify them as a bully really gave me pause. ↩️

MaggieCarr I, too, make comments about constantly buying bigger clothes for my growing girl but truly don't know how she is taking my slights and if she ponders them long after our interactions. I will be better, more conscious. My Starfish deserves to take up all the room she wants! 8mo
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Butterflyamore
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She‘s the first person to smile at me today. The first to make me feel wanted. Understood. I blink back tears. It‘s unknown how many students‘ lives librarians have saved by welcoming loners at lunch.

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SarahBradley
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Powerful novel in verse about Ellie, a girl facing bullies at school and home who cannot seem to see the real Ellie behind her weight. But Ellie must first learn to view and love herself without her “fat girl rules”. Book 16 #MGMarch #middlegrademarch @Eggs

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BookishTrish
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11-year old Ellie is bullied at school and emotionally abused at home. With the help of her friends and her new therapist she learns how to be her own #brightspot

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LibrarianRyan
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I hate when on the cover it looks like 2 words, but it is in the computer as one!!! UGHHHHH

Out March 9
#CoverLove #MGedition

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Grizzlan
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I received this beautifully written ARC from bookishfirst.com

Written in verse the author talks about such themes as stereotyping, bullying, friendship, and interpersonal transformation. This is a middle grade fiction piece that feels like a personal narrative.

I was in tears most of the story there is such emotion driving the story. Honestly I'd recommend this book to anyone. It's just that impactful. It spoke to my soul as a social worker.

Nebklvr This one was great 1mo
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Pigpen_Reads
Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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Just picked this up and finished today. It was a fast paced read, it is written in free verse. I felt some emotions with what the character was going through. I enjoyed it!