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Taking Up Space

Author: Alyson Gerber

  • AGES 8 - 12 
  • Genre Fiction
Sarah loves basketball more than anything. Being part of a team makes her feel important, like she matters. And it's the only thing that helps her forget her crush on the super-cute Benny, forget the mean girls who think she should quit the team, and forget how much it hurts when her mom forgets to feed her.

But lately it feels like Sarah can't even play basketball right. She's slower on the court, fouling out, and missing shots she should be able to make. It feels like everything is changing, her body especially.

When a cooking competition comes to school and Sarah and Benny become partners, Sarah feels pulled in a million directions. She'll have to dig deep to be able to be honest with her friends, discover a new love of cooking, and learn that she is enough, just the way she is.