ONE OF US
By Peggy Moss. Illustrated by Penny Weber. "You are one of us," Carmen tells Roberta on her first day at a new school. Roberta gladly sits with the rest of the straight-up-hair girls—until she hears they don’t play on the monkey bars. Roberta loves the monkey bars and leaps at the chance to swing with the monkey-bar posse—until she hears they don’t carry flowered lunch boxes like she does. Roberta moves from group to group, just trying to be herself, until it seems she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Then Roberta discovers a group that’s just right—kids who are only the same in how much they all like their differences. Grades 2–6. 9" x 10". Tilbury House. 32 pages. ©2010.