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Publisher's Note:

Elfie Oster was sure that Hampshire Academy was going to be the perfect school for her. She was sure about it right up to the minute she got expelled. On her first day. It was all a terrible misunderstanding, but until she can find a way to fix things, Elfie has to go back to Cottonwood Elementary for fifth grade. Where she's never really fit in. Or had friends. It is not a perfect situation. And then it gets worse. Her babysitter gets really sick. Her aunt and uncle aren't speaking. She's forced to do a group project involving an egg. . . . But sometimes when everything goes spectacularly wrong, you figure out what truly matters--and what doesn't. So really, this terrible, horrible, surprisingly hilarious year may just be the best thing that's ever happened to Elfie.…

Elfie Unperfect

by Kristin Mahoney

Overall Book Review:

Author Kristin Mahoney wrote a gem with Elfie Unperfect. All the things you hope to be in a realistic fictional story, she included–starting with great characters who are believable and relatable. The main character, Elfie, can’t grasp the fact that not everyone is like her or wants the same things as her. It’s great to see how she grows and develops throughout the story, and Elfie is surrounded by kind and patient people who help her in this process. We also meet several characters who are dealing with difficult things; we’re reminded that people are often dealing with situations that we aren’t aware of. Besides including great characters and some important lessons, Mahoney adds some real emotion to the story from humor to heartache and pain. This is the kind of story that will be loved by male and female middle-grade audiences and would be a great book to read as a family as it brings up several great topics for discussion.

Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore: Two incidents including a character imagining getting kneecap scooped out; young characters reference having watched ants fight, one killing and eating the other.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Divorce; cancer; character burps and another character has a burping ringtone.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.