Positively Izzy


Positively Izzy (paperback)

by Terri Libenson


Positively Izzy is a middle school story about a spacey girl named Izzy.  She is always daydreaming, and misses important assignments or information, because her passion is acting, and she plans to be in the talent show.  Brianna (Invisible Emmie’s best friend) is the brain, and she never has problems concentrating, but needs to loosen up and enjoy life a little more.  Their lives both change on the day of the talent show.  Although they aren’t friends at school, we see how their lives are connected in the end, and it will leave you shocked and wondering how you missed it.

What I liked about this story was the way Libenson developed these characters, involving the readers in their lives.  We think we know what’s going on, and wonder how they’ll meet since these two independent characters are both performing in the talent show at the end.  When I finished the book, I had to sit there and think about clues I missed.  Then I realized the author just did a really good job of leaving no clues!

What I didn’t like about this story was that it left me wondering about the dad still… I think I need to go back and reread it.

Book 75 of 40

(Book 41 of 2018)


Invisible Emmie


Invisible Emmie (paperback)

by Terri Libenson

AR Level 3.8, 2 points


Invisible Emmie is for the quiet, shy girls who are unsure of themselves and need to know there is hope for them.  Emmie is basically an only child since her older siblings are adults, and she lives with very busy parents.  She loves drawing, has a best friend, and a huge crush on a boy named Tyler Ross.  She and her best friend write fake songs about their crushes, and her letter gets out, causing extreme embarrassment.  Meanwhile, there is a perfect girl named Katie who is pretty, smart, confident, and also likes Tyler Ross.  Emmie’s embarrassing situation causes her a lot of stress, but also causes her to grow as a person.

What I liked about this book was the humor that Libenson uses in both her drawings and her uncomfortable situations.  Some of the humor is subtle, so an intelligent reader will have to think about the drawings and captions to understand, but it will give the reader a chuckle.

What I didn’t like about this book was the ending.  It bugged me.  I understand the meaning, but I think that 1) it will confuse younger readers, and 2) it didn’t make a lot of sense.  Whose imaginary friend gets jealous???

Book 13 of summer 2017!