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Belle Teal lives with her mom and grandmother in the South. She is about to enter the 5th grade and has no idea what an important year it will be for her. It is only a few years after Little Rock became an integrated school, and now Belle’s own school is going through the desegregation process. She has only had white children in her class and she is excited for the change. Her mom reminds her to be kind to the new students and to smile. Throughout the process, Belle learns a lot about herself and those close to her. She has trouble when her close friend, Little Boss, is mean to one of the new boys, Darryl. Even though she knows he is only doing it because his father, Big Boss, is a bully, she can’t help but be disappointed. Not only are things changing at school, but at home Belle’s grandma is forgetting things. Her grandma doesn’t remember who Belle is and doesn’t know how to dress for the weather. Will Belle be able to change the opinions of those around her? What will she learn about friendship and treating people fairly? Will she be able to deal with what is happening to her grandmother? You must read this book to find out how everything turns out!
Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin is a wonderful book about a fantastic girl. Belle stands up for what she believes in and tries to make the world a better place. It is a super book for people of all ages and I think kids in fourth through seventh grade will especially relate to Belle. The book touches on issues in history, social problems, and emotional problems. Watching the family struggle through the grandmother's illness is hard and touching. I found myself totally engrossed in the lives of the people in the story. This is a book that is easy to relate to and the characters come alive. I really like Belle and think she has many qualities that make me want to be friends with her. Without a doubt, this is a story that made me want to make a difference in the world! If you have not read it, I highly recommend it. It just may remind you to be extra kind to those around you.
Has anyone else read Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin? Or read another book by Ann Martin?
Happy Reading! ~L