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Lizzie at last
Mills, Claudia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2000]

Physical Description:
151 pages ; 22 cm
Lizzie, who has always been considered a nerd by the other kids, begins the seventh grade determined to change her image so that she can blend in better with the popular crowd.
Reading Level:
750 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 5.0 41787.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.4 9 Quiz: 22675 Guided reading level: NR.
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The sequel toLosers, Inc.andYou're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman As seventh grade begins, Lizzie Archer knows she can't endure another year of being derided as the class nerd. Maybe she can't stop being smart -- does she want to? -- but at least she doesn't have to look so different. Out of her Emily Dickinson dresses and into Gap jeans she goes, and the effect is amazing. The girls talk to her; the boys tease her. But her braininess remains an obstacle to her popularity, and Lizzie wants so to be liked, especially by Ethan Winfield. To her teacher's amazement, Lizzie begins to make mistakes in math. Ethan is horrified -- he's her math partner -- but no one is more unhappy, or confused, than Lizzie. Will she ever find herself? Through her sparkling Lizzie Archer, Claudia Mills extends a hand to girls, gently encouraging them to be all that they can and to feel confident that like will befriend like.

Author Notes

Claudia Mills is an American author of children's books. She is also an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has written several children's series including: Mason Dixon Series, Gus and Granpa Series, West Creek Middle School Seres, and Dinah Series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. This companion to Losers, Inc. (1997) and You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman (1999) focuses on brainy seventh-grader Lizzie Archer, who favors long, flowing thrift-shop dresses and writing poetry, resulting in endless teasing. This year she has determined that she will become popular, so she purchases Gap jeans, hides her math expertise, and giggles on cue. For a while all goes well --she is invited to parties and no one makes fun of her. Then her math partner, Ethan, becomes angry when both of their math grades begin to plummet. Eventually, Lizzie gains the self-confidence she needs to be herself and keep her new friends at the same time. These are characters readers will know, and, as usual, Mills demonstrates a keen ear for preteen dialogue and concerns. Fans of the previous books will also appreciate seeing the West Creek Middle School gang from a different perspective. A solid, upbeat choice for the middle grades. --Kay Weisman

Publisher's Weekly Review

This engaging sequel to Losers, Inc. and You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman gives the title character of the latter novel a minor role, while placing the refreshingly candid Lizzie Archer center stage. Determined to shake off her reputation as a nerd, Lizzie puts on a new face at the start of seventh grade. She exchanges her flowing lace dresses for jeans and tank tops, feigns dumb in math in a misguided attempt to impress a boy, abandons her beloved poetry-writing and imitates the guy-pleasing giggling of a popular girl in her class. While avoiding the melodramatic, Mills credibly conveys Lizzie's inner turmoil as she struggles to be normal yet fears she will "never understand the rules of the popular girls' game." On a class trip to the rare books room of a university library, the heroine, inspired by Emily Dickinson's individuality, suddenly realizes that she can be herself without worrying about what others think and without severing the new bonds that she has made with her classmates. With her likable heroine and strong supporting cast, Mills delivers a timely message to middle graders confronted with peer pressureÄand facing a case of the back-to-school jitters. Readers will likely turn the final page of this story hoping that this isn't the last they hear of Lizzie. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-An enjoyable and realistic portrayal of an adolescent who is trying to fit in. Lizzie Archer, an individualistic preteen whom readers may remember from You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman (1999) and Losers, Inc. (1997, both Farrar), is starting seventh grade. She loves to write poetry, plays the flute, and is the smartest student in her class, especially in math. She shops at thrift stores-not for ordinary clothes, but for long lacy dresses that call to mind Emily Dickinson, her favorite poet. Lizzie's uniqueness has made her the target of torment in the past. Her decision to change her situation results in a quest for "the new, improved Lizzie," but she's not sure whether taking advice from the most popular girl at school is the right idea. Readers will cringe at the decisions Lizzie makes as she struggles toward her perceived goal of being "normal." She realizes, after a few blunders, that she has the strength to stand up for herself and what she loves. Mills has all the elements of middle school in place and deftly weaves a story that is both sensitive and humorous. Readers will empathize with this appealing protagonist and delight in her accomplishments.-Patti Gonzales, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.