Fat Girls From Outer Space
Sometimes kids can be really mean. Bullying, name calling, envious or just place jealous for no specific reason. Freddy is a smart with a lot of friends yet she is not happy with who she is an at times feels invisible. Thinking that her appearance is anything but pretty, overweight and not realizing that everything is not outer appearance or looks, Freddy fails to see what others see her mirror.
School can be trying at time for middle school girls when faced with friends that seem fair-weather, or just going shopping and hearing the sales girls say that maybe you and your mother should go to the plus size department, can really get a young kids spirit down.
Boys can be really insulting at times and when Freddy and her friends attend a soccer game and are insulted by some of the boys, you won’t believe what the coach does. Author Fran Orenstein brings to light so many issues that teens and pre-teens face when entering middle school and high school. It’s hard sometimes to be the odd person out or to feel that you are not pretty, not good enough or smart enough to hang with the popular crowd. The boys in this graphic novel set the tone as they insult, even hit or hurt Freddy and her friends just to be mean. But, Freddy has two great friends that come to her aid at times but even they have a falling out.
Being overweight can really make young teens feel out of place and not worthy of having friends but author Fran Orenstein changes that all as well first some get kicked out off of the basketball team for being overweight. Next they decide to join the volleyball team but first Freddy gets some advice from a teacher and the idea to keep write her thoughts in a journal helping her to deal with feelings. Even hoping to express to her mother how she feels about her new relationship and at times needing her to be more of a mother is a great way to teach parents to take notice of their children especially when their moods change.
Freddy is not just smart, talented and really pretty but she like so many would like to be called Freddy and not Frederic. With a mother who has just gone though a divorce and dealing with her father and his young new girlfriend, twelve year old Freddy Gold has tons to deal with but with her friends Dolly and Eva who are also overweight, they find out something about themselves that will make them soar. But, first they have to audition, then they have to practice and finally they have to learn to overcome their feelings of inadequacy and much more. Throughout the novel the author allows teens and pre-teens to hear Freddy’s thoughts and understand her feelings as she shares her diary which is private so you will have to read the book to find out what she wrote and how creating this journal or diary greatly helped her. Added in the pictures are quite expressive, they tell the story on their own merit and they help make the story come alive, allowing readers to see the emotions first hand whether, fear, anger, joy or surprise the characters come alive.
Friendship, understanding, tolerance, bullying, anger, fear, self-esteem and family love and loyalties are just some of what educators, parents, discussion groups, counselors and teachers can talk about after reading this outstanding graphic novel. Older brothers can really come to your aid when you least expect it and when a group of bullies decide to take control and ruin the debut of the Fat Girls From Outer Space watch what Freddy’s brother and his friends do. But, Freddy ahs spunk and when Brock and his friends decide to harass and bully her watch what she does.
When the show starts and the audience is ready the girls take center stage and The Fat Girls from Outer Space wearing their special shirts tear down the house. But, not before someone teaches Brock and his friends a lesson they will never forget. Teachers that come to the aid of students and a mother who realizes that her daughter is growing up and needs to make her own choices but can rely on her for advice and more, Fat Girls from Outer Space tops the charts once again for YA books. On page 47 listen to the song and read the words carefully as you hear them sing: “We’re the Fat Girls from Outer Space, We don’t care about size or race, We just want to get along.” How amazing is that! Wait until you hear the rest. Just what happens at the concert? What does the crowd think and do you want any of the cookies, pies and chocolate cakes? Do you think Freddy will overlook her diet just this once? She is trying hard to lose weight and is doing it gracefully. Fat Girls From Outer Space: I was one growing up and I work hard at being thin. Thin, not so thin or just whatever size you are is what is right for you! Everyone is different. Not everyone is going to be thin. Not everyone worries about his or her weight. But, wouldn’t it be great if everyone accepted others for who they are and we did away with hate, prejudice, bullying and intolerance. Learn how when you read this outstanding graphic novel.
Fran Lewis: Just Reviews/MJ magazine