Planet Middle School

Planet Middle School

For twelve years, Joylin Johnson's life has been just fine, thank you very much. A game of basketball with the boys-especially her friend Jake-was all it took to put a smile on her face. Baggy jeans, T-shirt, and hair in a ponytail were easy choices. Then suddenly the world seemed to turn upside down, and everything changed at once. Her best girl friend is now flirting wit For twelve years, Joylin Johnson's life has been just fine, thank you very much. A game of basketball with the boys-espec...

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Title:Planet Middle School
Author:Nikki Grimes
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:1599902842
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

Planet Middle School Reviews

  • Betsy
    May 27, 2011

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    Jul 17, 2017

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

  • ABC
    Feb 11, 2018

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

  • Diane
    Dec 11, 2016

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

  • Katie
    Jun 15, 2019

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

    I pulled this to weed from my library because it hadn't been checked out at all since being purchased five years ago, but the cover and short length caught my eye. I opened it and realized it was a novel in verse, a format my students tend to enjoy, so I brought it home to read. It's a...

    Nice Poetic Middle School Story Joy is a girl going through puberty. Her best friend is a boy and sexual feelings interrupt their feelings of comfort with dad other. How is Joy of Joylin going to handle this? The book is written in free prose and each page contains few words. This i...

    The complexity that was conveyed in the short poetic vignettes (chapters) made this book amazing to read. I am an aspiring middle grade author and I learned so much about how to connect to kids this age, what's important to them and how to not over complicate things. Excellent writing,...

    I liked how I could naturally flow on with the scenes.The poems were great and I loved how they described her everyday life.I was scared to start middle school and I read this book and wasn?t scared anymore.Every time I read it again,it?s so relatable.This book is great for young a...

    This was a pleasant and short read. Joylin?s struggles are relatable as she tries to remain who she is as she begins to grow up. Her brother?s journey through the book is similarly meaningful although she does not make this connection despite helping him. A fun journey told through...

    Nikki Grimes always finds a youthful voice and gets to the heart of young audiences. Basketball playing tomboy, Joylin has always been comfortable in her skin and who she is...but hormones shake that all up...you feel the awkwardness of those years again in this book-in-verse reality c...

    A short story about a girl who loves basketball in middle school. This was right up my alley and I loved it. It deals with puberty for girls, and my 13 year old son read it and seemed to like it. I'm glad he could get the girls' perspective on middle school. ...

  • Tricia Price
    Jul 02, 2019

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

    I pulled this to weed from my library because it hadn't been checked out at all since being purchased five years ago, but the cover and short length caught my eye. I opened it and realized it was a novel in verse, a format my students tend to enjoy, so I brought it home to read. It's a...

  • Lynn
    Jan 03, 2019

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

    I pulled this to weed from my library because it hadn't been checked out at all since being purchased five years ago, but the cover and short length caught my eye. I opened it and realized it was a novel in verse, a format my students tend to enjoy, so I brought it home to read. It's a...

    Nice Poetic Middle School Story Joy is a girl going through puberty. Her best friend is a boy and sexual feelings interrupt their feelings of comfort with dad other. How is Joy of Joylin going to handle this? The book is written in free prose and each page contains few words. This i...

  • Charlotte Young Bowens
    Oct 06, 2017

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

    I pulled this to weed from my library because it hadn't been checked out at all since being purchased five years ago, but the cover and short length caught my eye. I opened it and realized it was a novel in verse, a format my students tend to enjoy, so I brought it home to read. It's a...

    Nice Poetic Middle School Story Joy is a girl going through puberty. Her best friend is a boy and sexual feelings interrupt their feelings of comfort with dad other. How is Joy of Joylin going to handle this? The book is written in free prose and each page contains few words. This i...

    The complexity that was conveyed in the short poetic vignettes (chapters) made this book amazing to read. I am an aspiring middle grade author and I learned so much about how to connect to kids this age, what's important to them and how to not over complicate things. Excellent writing,...

  • Trisha
    Dec 13, 2017

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

  • Kari
    Aug 27, 2017

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

    I pulled this to weed from my library because it hadn't been checked out at all since being purchased five years ago, but the cover and short length caught my eye. I opened it and realized it was a novel in verse, a format my students tend to enjoy, so I brought it home to read. It's a...

    Nice Poetic Middle School Story Joy is a girl going through puberty. Her best friend is a boy and sexual feelings interrupt their feelings of comfort with dad other. How is Joy of Joylin going to handle this? The book is written in free prose and each page contains few words. This i...

    The complexity that was conveyed in the short poetic vignettes (chapters) made this book amazing to read. I am an aspiring middle grade author and I learned so much about how to connect to kids this age, what's important to them and how to not over complicate things. Excellent writing,...

    I liked how I could naturally flow on with the scenes.The poems were great and I loved how they described her everyday life.I was scared to start middle school and I read this book and wasn?t scared anymore.Every time I read it again,it?s so relatable.This book is great for young a...

    This was a pleasant and short read. Joylin?s struggles are relatable as she tries to remain who she is as she begins to grow up. Her brother?s journey through the book is similarly meaningful although she does not make this connection despite helping him. A fun journey told through...

    Nikki Grimes always finds a youthful voice and gets to the heart of young audiences. Basketball playing tomboy, Joylin has always been comfortable in her skin and who she is...but hormones shake that all up...you feel the awkwardness of those years again in this book-in-verse reality c...

  • Lisa Campbell
    May 01, 2012

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

  • grdel
    Nov 22, 2017

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

  • Maggie
    Apr 06, 2018

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

  • Ka’leneReads
    Jan 25, 2019

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

  • Aspen Dye
    Mar 12, 2014

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

  • Khushboo Mathuria
    Apr 17, 2016

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

  • Alejandra Garcia
    Oct 06, 2014

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

  • Lindsay Surmeier
    Jun 19, 2015

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

  • Grace Nichols
    Nov 20, 2016

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

  • James
    Nov 06, 2016

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

  • Kaitlin Rosenberg
    Apr 26, 2017

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

  • Madilynn
    Jan 10, 2018

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

    I pulled this to weed from my library because it hadn't been checked out at all since being purchased five years ago, but the cover and short length caught my eye. I opened it and realized it was a novel in verse, a format my students tend to enjoy, so I brought it home to read. It's a...

    Nice Poetic Middle School Story Joy is a girl going through puberty. Her best friend is a boy and sexual feelings interrupt their feelings of comfort with dad other. How is Joy of Joylin going to handle this? The book is written in free prose and each page contains few words. This i...

    The complexity that was conveyed in the short poetic vignettes (chapters) made this book amazing to read. I am an aspiring middle grade author and I learned so much about how to connect to kids this age, what's important to them and how to not over complicate things. Excellent writing,...

    I liked how I could naturally flow on with the scenes.The poems were great and I loved how they described her everyday life.I was scared to start middle school and I read this book and wasn?t scared anymore.Every time I read it again,it?s so relatable.This book is great for young a...

    This was a pleasant and short read. Joylin?s struggles are relatable as she tries to remain who she is as she begins to grow up. Her brother?s journey through the book is similarly meaningful although she does not make this connection despite helping him. A fun journey told through...

    Nikki Grimes always finds a youthful voice and gets to the heart of young audiences. Basketball playing tomboy, Joylin has always been comfortable in her skin and who she is...but hormones shake that all up...you feel the awkwardness of those years again in this book-in-verse reality c...

    A short story about a girl who loves basketball in middle school. This was right up my alley and I loved it. It deals with puberty for girls, and my 13 year old son read it and seemed to like it. I'm glad he could get the girls' perspective on middle school. ...

    A definite must read for middle school students, teachers, and parents. Written in verse, this book tackles feelings of growing up, both personal and relational. Middle school students will see themselves and peers in the genuine words. ...

    This book wasnt very good. It had maybe 15-20 words on each page and just wasnt interesting. If you like smaller books you should get this book. When i got this i only looked at the first few pages of the book and they were longer. But overall this book was short and not interesting. ...

  • Jack Young
    Sep 26, 2017

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

  • Hannah Johnson
    May 04, 2018

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

  • Emily Veatch
    Apr 09, 2018

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

  • Marie C
    Apr 16, 2018

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

  • Victoria
    Sep 12, 2018

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

    I pulled this to weed from my library because it hadn't been checked out at all since being purchased five years ago, but the cover and short length caught my eye. I opened it and realized it was a novel in verse, a format my students tend to enjoy, so I brought it home to read. It's a...

    Nice Poetic Middle School Story Joy is a girl going through puberty. Her best friend is a boy and sexual feelings interrupt their feelings of comfort with dad other. How is Joy of Joylin going to handle this? The book is written in free prose and each page contains few words. This i...

    The complexity that was conveyed in the short poetic vignettes (chapters) made this book amazing to read. I am an aspiring middle grade author and I learned so much about how to connect to kids this age, what's important to them and how to not over complicate things. Excellent writing,...

    I liked how I could naturally flow on with the scenes.The poems were great and I loved how they described her everyday life.I was scared to start middle school and I read this book and wasn?t scared anymore.Every time I read it again,it?s so relatable.This book is great for young a...

  • Kate
    Sep 27, 2018

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

  • Carrie pifer
    Jul 15, 2019

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

    I pulled this to weed from my library because it hadn't been checked out at all since being purchased five years ago, but the cover and short length caught my eye. I opened it and realized it was a novel in verse, a format my students tend to enjoy, so I brought it home to read. It's a...

    Nice Poetic Middle School Story Joy is a girl going through puberty. Her best friend is a boy and sexual feelings interrupt their feelings of comfort with dad other. How is Joy of Joylin going to handle this? The book is written in free prose and each page contains few words. This i...

    The complexity that was conveyed in the short poetic vignettes (chapters) made this book amazing to read. I am an aspiring middle grade author and I learned so much about how to connect to kids this age, what's important to them and how to not over complicate things. Excellent writing,...

    I liked how I could naturally flow on with the scenes.The poems were great and I loved how they described her everyday life.I was scared to start middle school and I read this book and wasn?t scared anymore.Every time I read it again,it?s so relatable.This book is great for young a...

    This was a pleasant and short read. Joylin?s struggles are relatable as she tries to remain who she is as she begins to grow up. Her brother?s journey through the book is similarly meaningful although she does not make this connection despite helping him. A fun journey told through...

    Nikki Grimes always finds a youthful voice and gets to the heart of young audiences. Basketball playing tomboy, Joylin has always been comfortable in her skin and who she is...but hormones shake that all up...you feel the awkwardness of those years again in this book-in-verse reality c...

    A short story about a girl who loves basketball in middle school. This was right up my alley and I loved it. It deals with puberty for girls, and my 13 year old son read it and seemed to like it. I'm glad he could get the girls' perspective on middle school. ...

    A definite must read for middle school students, teachers, and parents. Written in verse, this book tackles feelings of growing up, both personal and relational. Middle school students will see themselves and peers in the genuine words. ...

  • Katie
    Mar 02, 2019

    For my alternative book report, I have chosen #1 where I tell the president one thing a main character discovered about life and why it is important. I thought this would be perfect for Planet Middle School because the main character, Joylin, experiences transitioning from a child to a...

    This book was just okay. It didn't make me jump out of my seat but I didn't want to throw it out the window, I just read the book then moved on. This book is about a middle school girl named Joy who is great at basketball and has two best friends named Jake and Keelee. Joy is kind of...

    Lisa Campbell Poetry Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from ...

    This was a very quick read for me. It's about a girl who is a complete tomboy and then all of sudden is worried about appearance and all that jazz. The book is written in verse which I do like that style of writing because you have to use some brainpower to figure what is going on in t...

    One Sentence Review: Middle school books about African-American girls are hardly common so definitely consider this one, even if it's not quite Grimes' best work. ...

    I've literally lost count of how many times I've read this book and I think it deserves a place in my favorites shelf. ...

    I'm actually giving this novel in verse 3 1/2 stars. It's a pleasant story about a middle school tomboy who loves basketball and whose changing body causes her to start noticing boys. Should she dress like the rest of the girls, or should she be herself? Middle school readers will rela...

    I thought this was an extremely funny book, because I felt like I was back in middle school. The main character was shocked when her best girlfriend started to flirt with her best guy friend. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh. ...

    GoodRead.....Grimes is a really good writer for young readers ...

    This book was really good for me even tho I don't like to read ...

    Really enjoyed this.... about puberty (girl) ...

    Short verse novel about tom boy Joylin as she discovers new aspects about herself. Nice family dynamics, and a clear message about being yourself. Three and a half stars ...

    Not true poetry. ...

    Planet Middle School is the story of Joylin, an intrepid sports playing, jean wearing tomboy, told in a series of poems. The poems tell of her relationship with her family, friends and dealing with all the changes that happen to a young girl as she journeys from child to young woman....

    This book was really interesting because it ibcluded the idea of growing up and how it affects not only you but the ones near you. I was able to have a good laugh and also reflect on the idea of acceptance and how at times we are like jake and try to please others before ourselves in o...

    Planet Middle School was a beautifully written and relatable text. The entire text is written in prose and focuses on the life on Joylin ?Joy? Johnson. Up until this point in her life, Joy?s life had been static. She?s what some refer to as a ?tom-boy,? dressing in jeans an...

    Planet Middle School, by Nikki Grimes, is a novel in verse book. This book is about a teenage girl named Joylin, who is growing up. The setting is mainly her house, and a basketball court. Joylin plays basketball with all of the boys, some people even considered her a boy. She has neve...

    This verse novel relates the story of a girl in middle school named Joylin. She never used to care about boys or her appearance, but things are changing. Joylin loves to play basketball and wear comfortable baggy clothes. When she starts to notice a certain boy, however, she tries to c...

    Nikki Grimes?s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and Jake and her life just the way it is: Up till now, ...

    Planet Middle School is a good read. It's about a tomboy named Joylin Johnson, who loves basketball and is noticing her bodily changes. She even starts to develop a crush. She changes her appearance to be more girly to try to grab her crush's attention. Joylin then figures out that ...

    Joylin, a basketball player, is navigating the world of middle school for the first time. She has her friends to help her. There's KeeLee, a preacher's kid, who was "The only familiar thing about this school year." And her friend, Jake, who is always up for a game of one on one. They h...

    I pulled this to weed from my library because it hadn't been checked out at all since being purchased five years ago, but the cover and short length caught my eye. I opened it and realized it was a novel in verse, a format my students tend to enjoy, so I brought it home to read. It's a...

    Nice Poetic Middle School Story Joy is a girl going through puberty. Her best friend is a boy and sexual feelings interrupt their feelings of comfort with dad other. How is Joy of Joylin going to handle this? The book is written in free prose and each page contains few words. This i...

    The complexity that was conveyed in the short poetic vignettes (chapters) made this book amazing to read. I am an aspiring middle grade author and I learned so much about how to connect to kids this age, what's important to them and how to not over complicate things. Excellent writing,...

    I liked how I could naturally flow on with the scenes.The poems were great and I loved how they described her everyday life.I was scared to start middle school and I read this book and wasn?t scared anymore.Every time I read it again,it?s so relatable.This book is great for young a...

    This was a pleasant and short read. Joylin?s struggles are relatable as she tries to remain who she is as she begins to grow up. Her brother?s journey through the book is similarly meaningful although she does not make this connection despite helping him. A fun journey told through...