Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Standing for Socks

Standing for Socks
by Elissa Brent Weissman

Fara Ross is a soon-to-be-sixth-grader who wants to make the world a better place.  She loves recycling and saving water by washing fewer dishes. (You don't need a dish if you wear your morning bagel as a ring!)  She hopes to do good things, have good friends, and make good decisions.

After accidentally wearing two different colored socks to school one day, Fara decides that socks will help her make a statement about individuality, so she begins intentionally mixing her socks before school each morning.  Soon, she is famous for her socks and people begin listening to her.

And it's a good thing, too, because now she wants to be the sixth grade class president and she'll need all the publicity she can get to beat out snotty Melodee Simon.

Unfortunately, she's soon only known for her socks and, while socks could help her get elected, they aren't how Fara wants people to remember her.

Can she be an individual and still be herself?

Final thoughts: This is a typical upper-elementary book that's written for that age level.  The writing is a little stilted, but the story is sweet.

Rating: 3/5

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