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Review: Deep Down Popular

February 28, 2014

Deep Down Popular

Sixth-grader Jessie Lou Ferguson has always liked Conrad Parker Smith but he’s so popular she figures he’d never give her the time of day.  When Conrad comes to school wearing a leg brace, their teacher asks Jessie Lou to help him.  She’s nervous at first but they quickly strike up a friendship.  Now Jessie Lou doesn’t know what to think – will this friendship last only as long as the leg brace or can someone popular like Conrad really be friends with a girl like her?

I thought Deep Down Popular by Phoebe Stone was a delightful book!  It’s told from the perspective of Jessie Lou, a tomboy who lives with her grandfather, mother, and sister.  She’s a good kid but generally stays in the background.  That doesn’t mean she’s not taking in everything that goes on around her, though.   She’s thoughtful and caring but is worried about her future with Conrad.

I loved most of the characters in this book. Jessie Lou is sweet and quirky.  Her grandfather is quite a character – he’s doing what he can to fight the big box store that is opening in their small town.  Jessie’s friends Conrad and Quentin are great characters, too.   When she gets to know them, Jessie comes to realize they’re not all that different than she is.  Getting to know them helps her appreciate herself more as the year progresses.

I think Deep Down Popular is a terrific book for middle grade readers and have a feeling it will appeal to girls more than boys.  It’s sweet and funny and has a great message and I do recommend it.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Scholastic. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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13 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    February 28, 2014 6:46 am

    I remember this was a popular book at our book fair years ago…all the girls loved it. But I think it was attracting ages more along the lines of 4th through 6th grade.

  2. February 28, 2014 7:42 am

    This sounds like I would love it too!

  3. trish422 permalink
    February 28, 2014 9:08 am

    I could use some good middle school fiction, so thanks for the suggestion!

  4. February 28, 2014 12:05 pm

    6th grade? Seems a little young to be all wrapped up in a boy but I know times have changed. Of course, my daughter will be going into 6th next year and although her and her little friends have their baby crushes, they are still WAY too juvenile for real crushes.

  5. February 28, 2014 12:35 pm

    It sounds really great…I love middle grade fiction because it’s the genre I have read the least!

  6. February 28, 2014 1:48 pm

    It sounds like a book I’d enjoy, also. Terrific review!

  7. February 28, 2014 5:54 pm

    This book cover is adorable, and the book sounds really sweet.

  8. February 28, 2014 8:04 pm

    I don’t read much middle-grade fiction. Maybe I will give it a try. I’m told I a pretty cool grandma, so I would probably like it.

  9. March 1, 2014 9:33 am

    This looks like a fun story!

  10. March 1, 2014 5:10 pm

    Another book you’ve reviewed that I think my youngest granddaughter would love!

  11. March 2, 2014 9:55 pm

    Looks like the cover matches the book. Fun!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    March 6, 2014 9:16 am

    I recognize that cover. Booking Daughter read (and reread) that book!!!

  13. March 7, 2014 10:17 am

    This sounds like a really sweet book!

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