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Review: Hundred Percent

June 17, 2016

Hundred Percent


Tink isn’t so sure she likes all the changes she’s experiencing now that she’s in the fifth grade.  She’s developed before her peers and people are noticing.  Jackie, her best friend, is boy crazy and determined to be part of the cool kids group.  Maybe it’s time for Tink to shed her old nickname but what should she call herself – Chris, Christine, or Hundred Percent?

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young is a fabulous book for every child on the brink of adolescence and every adult who remembers what it felt like.  You can’t read this book without falling in love with and rooting for Tink.  She doesn’t know what to make of all the changes going on in her life and, to make things worse, Jackie seems to be going in a different direction than she is, so Tink wonders if their long term friendship can survive.

So many of the things Tink struggles with don’t seem so bad when you look back on them but, when you’re living through them, they all seem like the end of the world.  Young captures the tension and drama of that age group perfectly and helped me remember what it felt like.  Hundred Percent is sure to resonate with middle grade readers and those who love them.  Pick it up for the young people in your life!

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.

Review copy provided by Chronicle Books.  I am anIndiebound Affiliate.
13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2016 5:37 am

    This sounds cute! I remember the drama of those years!

  2. Judy@Busy Hand are Happy Hands. permalink
    June 17, 2016 7:08 am

    Very soon I hope to graduate from Green Eggs and Ham and Are You My Mother to some other books. Our GGrandson will be 3 in Sept and he is just about ready for a change!

  3. June 17, 2016 7:56 am

    This would be perfect for my niece!

  4. June 17, 2016 8:08 am

    Such tender days – this sounds like a winner.

  5. bookingmama permalink
    June 17, 2016 8:58 am

    I certainly remember those days! And it’s true, when you’re going through those hard times you think it’s everything!

  6. June 17, 2016 9:21 am

    I think those books are sort of sad that talk about bestest friends going off in different directions!

  7. June 17, 2016 9:33 am

    This one hits home. My granddaughter just graduated (was “promoted”) from the 5th grade. Fortunately, she seems to be clueless about all of the stuff that other 5th graders care about. Our friends’ granddaughter, on the other hand, also just graduated from 5th grade. She had a whole year of drama with boys and popular kids and girlfriends. I think I would like to read this one.

  8. June 17, 2016 12:52 pm

    I’m so thankful that this type of tension and drama didn’t exist when I was in school. Today though, it should be a book all kids this age should read.

  9. June 17, 2016 8:34 pm

    Oh yeah, every problem I had in my teens was a big problem lol. I love that this book focuses on that.

  10. Literary Feline permalink
    June 17, 2016 11:19 pm

    This sounds like a great read, Kathy. Sounds like one that might be worth having around for my daughter when she’s of age. 🙂 Just from your review, I think I could probably relate to this one when I was that age.

  11. Patty permalink
    June 18, 2016 11:27 am

    Books like this are really special!

  12. June 18, 2016 9:19 pm

    Kathy, this sound like an excellent YA book! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  13. June 20, 2016 2:06 pm

    This sounds like a great book for helping kids understand the changes they undergo

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