The Only Girl in School

Finished The Only Girl in School by Natalie Standiford.

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the acclaimed author of The Secret Tree comes the story of a girl who finds herself a sudden outsider in the loneliest place in the world–middle school.

When Claire’s best friend moves away just before the start of fifth grade, Claire suddenly becomes the only girl in the entire elementary school. While the boys are resentful that she gets a bathroom all to herself, Claire soon sees the lonelier side of things–until a few incidents put her quite literally in the spotlight.”

I am a huge fan of Natalie Standiford’s and have been since I read her YA novel How to Stay Goodbye in Robot.  Lately she’s been writing more MG than YA, but they’re still amazing.  This one is no exception.

I feel so awful for Claire: she’s the only girl in her elementary school.  (Okay, it’s not as bad as it would be if you were the only girl in high school or, even worse, middle school.  But still—awkward!)

And it doesn’t help that it’s the age where most guys treat her like she’s got some sort of disease, even Henry (her other best friend).

This book is still completely adorable and very, very fun.  (AND there’s a mystery about a local legend named Smuggler Joe who may or may not have left treasure around.)

Highly recommended.

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