Larger-Than-Life Lara, by Dandi Daley Mackall is a story of a 10 year old girl named Laney Grafton. The book is a story that is being written by Laney, a fourth grader in Paris Missouri. Through out the story she is also telling the reader the important parts of writing a story, such as introducing the character, developing the setting, bringing in suspense, cliff-hangers, twists in the story as well as the climax and resolution to the story.
The story Laney is telling is about her fourth grade class and the new student, Lara. Lara is a larger than normal girl who gets picked on for her size. She tells poems to those who pick on her and she helps Laney learn her lines for a class play. Laney also brings into the story her family life, living with her father and 3 older brothers.
The is a really good book. It is a juvenile fiction story that focuses social themes and peer pressure. This book especially focuses on bullying that goes on within Lara’s class towards her. The story shows us how Lara rises above the meanness of bullying towards her and continues with giving kindness to others.
This book uses Laney’s character to get across the effects of bullying in a humorous way. There were times when I was reading the story that I could picture my grandchild of similar age, talking to me in the same way the story is written. I really like this story and I feel it would be a great story for all youth to read.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale publishing and I have written an honest review.
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Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.