Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Flipped was selected for the 2003-2004 Texas Bluebonnet book list. It has been that long since I read it but it was my favorite title on the list that year. I thought it was a terrific book for 5th grade (and beyond.) It is a sweet and sympathetic look at kids as they move from childhood to tweens to teens.
Bryce and Juli alternate telling the story. Second grader Bryce is appalled by Juli's enthusiasm for him and her chickens. As they hit junior high though, he decides there is something about Juli that he quite likes -- just as she is about done with him forever as he shows no appreciation for her family, her chickens or her special tree.
Much of the book's wonderful humor comes from their two different perspectives of the same events. I will be interested to see if they even try to translate this to the screen. Rob Reiner directs. I wonder how this book arrived on his radar.
I hope the movie is worthy.
Wendelin Van Draanen website