Starting School with an Enemy

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Starting School with an Enemy
ISBN-13: 978-0679886402

Right when the problem of bullying is on everyone's mind . . .

This is a laugh-out-loud story of a girl who tackles life head-on. Readers, even reluctant ones, will cheer as Sarah finds an inventive solution to her "enemy" problem.

Awards and Honors

  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice master list
  • Children’s Literature Choice List 1999
  • Starred review Publishers Weekly


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" . . . after a few fierce temptations Sarah comes to the conclusion that sometimes it takes a lot more courage not to fight than to fight. This easy-to-read chapter book gallops right along, alternately riotous and serious."

FamilyFun Magazine

"Reminiscent of Louis Sachar . . . Carbone has a spirited voice and a realistic heroine in big-mouthed, impulsive Sarah."
-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This middle-grade novel belongs at the head of its class."
*** Publishers Weekly Starred Review