Rissa Bartholomew's Declaration of Independence
Author: Lynda B. Comerford
Grade Level Equivalent:
Friends and Friendship, Individuality, Middle School, Adolescent Issues
Eleven-year-old Clarissa "Rissa" Bartholomew has had the same friends her whole life. But as the other girls in the group become obsessed with ballet, shopping, lip gloss, and boys, Rissa begins to think it's time to "leave the herd" and be her own person. Unfortunately, no one seems to understand Rissa's change of heart, least of all her own mother.
With middle school just around the corner, Rissa's declaration of independence couldn't have come at a worse time — but maybe, just maybe, it could turn out to be the best thing she's ever done.