Words That Start With B by Vikki VanSickleWords That Start With B by Vikki VanSickle

Words That Start With B

byVikki VanSickle

Paperback | September 1, 2010

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Wit and humour shine in this debut novel by a refreshing new voice in middle-grade fiction!

Clarissa Delaney had a plan - this was going to be her year. But so far, grade seven sucks.

First of all, her favourite teacher has gone on sabbatical, leaving her with Mr. Campbell, whose lame sense of humour is completely annoying. Everyone in class drives her crazy, except for her best friend, Benji, but even he is troubled these days. His gentle demeanour has made him the target of threats and some serious bullying. Mr. Campbell hasn't even noticed, which only feeds Clarissa's resentment.

But the worst news comes at home.

Her loving mom, who runs a hair salon out of their home, has always had a gift for lifting everyone's spirits when they're down. But an upsetting diagnosis takes her away temporarily, just when Clarissa needs her the most.

Readers will laugh through their tears, as Clarissa finds her bravest self to get her through this year of surprises.

Vikki VanSickle is a writer and dramatist who holds an M.A. in Children's Literature from the University of British Columbia. She has extensive experience working with children at theatre day camps and as a bookseller at an independent children's bookstore. Words That Start With B is her first novel, and she has also had work published...
Title:Words That Start With BFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.7 × 5.01 × 0.48 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443102350

ISBN - 13:9781443102353

Appropriate for ages: 11


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and true to life! If you're looking for a more recent, Canadian book that fits the sort of Judy Blume style... then absolutely pick up this series! Vikki VanSickle captures perfectly the agony of being a preteen girl -- how horrifying it is to have to go through puberty when you can't even bring yourself to say the word out loud. So funny, so familiar, so well-written.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved this book. It was heartwarming and very real-feeling.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming, funny, and overall great book! Clarissa Delaney is a character you can relate to. Throughout the book she learns a lot about both life and herself. She will say anything about anyone without thinking twice and finds fault with almost everyone, from Denise, her mother's best friend to Mattie Cohen, the goody two shoes in her class, from Micheal Greenblat to her new, grade seven teacher Mr. Campbell who wasn't the person she expected to be teaching her in seventh grade. As the book moves forward Clarissa develops as a person. Clarissa had just one friend, Benji. And although Mattie Cohen reached out to her, wanting to be her friend, Clarissa just found fault with her, acting like Mattie maybe wasn't good enough. Clarissa also spoke badly about her teacher, Mr. Campbell who was trying his best, and made some bad choices reflecting her feelings toward him. And on top of all this, Clarissa's mother is battling cancer all the way in London, and Benji is being bullied for being different. Clarissa sure is going through some rough times, but by the end of the book she has learned many life lessons and discovered things about herself that will change how she acts towards others and how she solves problems forever. This is a story about family. This is a story about friendships. This is a story about keeping hope. And I know that if you decide to read 'Words That Start with B', you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love is a four letter word Great book a definite must read I loved if your interested there's 2 other books in the series words that start with b and days that end in y. Enjoy ur reading
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny with plenty of heart - great book for any tween I loved, loved, loved this book. Not only is the voice of Clarissa, seventh grader, spot on, but all the characters are so perfectly genuine and lovable, from best friend Benji, who is terribly bullied for being different, new friend Mattie, who is larger than life, to Annie, Clarissa’s single mom and former beauty queen. Clarissa navigates her troubles (some small ones, some really big ones) with the flawed grace of a girl who doesn’t always make the smartest choices, even though her heart is generally in the right place. The good news is, Clarissa learns from her mistakes and realizes that not everything is as it seems upon first impression. This is a story of a girl being brave and standing up for herself and those who matter to her. It had so much humor and heart and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD.
Date published: 2012-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Courageous, Heartfelt and Hilarious I *just* picked up this book and read it cover to cover. As a teacher, it is intelligent and courageous. As a former teenage girl, it is spot-on in terms of how kids deal with each other. Great read and I highly recommend it for thinking girls and any girls who are learning to overcome their own challenges. I really look forward to Ms. VanSickle's next work.
Date published: 2010-09-01

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Words That Start With B:Shortlisted, CBA Libris Awards - Young Reader Book of the Year, 2011CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2011Recommended, IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2011"A well-crafted and enjoyable first effort from a writer who is obviously tuned into the minds and emotions of young teens." -Quill & Quire"Clarissa and Benji offer a fresh, honest look at life as an outsider, when you don't quite belong and don't quite know who you are. They're funny and relatable and exactly the kind of characters kids should be reading in today's It Gets Better age." -CBC Books"A fresh and honest look at a girl's school year in that wonderful, horrible, confusing time known as Grade Seven." -Canadian Bookseller Magazine"Words That Start With B is the story of how a feisty girl battles a year of surprises, if not with grace, then with a lot of humour." -Open Book Toronto