Book Review : Pre-Teen Fiction

Alex and the Amazing Dr. Frankenslime

In this book a preteen girl struggles with mixed feelings over her parents’ separation, brought on by her father’s drinking, hitting and abandonment of his family. At first, young Alexandra copes by pretending nothing is wrong. But her anxiety creeps out anyway and she finds herself getting into more and more trouble at school. Sent to a therapist, she is determined not to let anyone – especially a “freaky” counselor – know how she really feels. Over time, Alex comes to trust the therapist and begins to accept how her world has changed. With determination, a quirky sense of humor and an amazing spirit, she learns how to move on in her own, unique way.

Written for kids ages 9-14, this story explores raw and painful emotional issues in a gentle, approachable way that helps young readers in similar situations know they are not alone.

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Yellow Daffodil Press, Grenada Hills, CA; 94 page paperback; $12.95 (March 2010)
ISBN-10: 0982494378