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Contributor(s): Murphy, Julie
ISBN: 0062418386     ISBN-13: 9780062418388
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: When circumstances put Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes together over the course of a semester, the girls realize they have more in common than they ever imagined.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Overweight persons; Fiction.
Female friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018056181
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.50" (1.10 lbs) 428 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Millie and Callie, Willowdean's classmates from Dumplin', alternate narrating this similarly girl-powered follow-up. Callie and her dance teammates vandalize Millie's family's gym. As the only one busted, Callie is sentenced to work alongside Millie at the gym for free. Murphy delivers gentle lessons about body acceptance, stereotyping, and forgiveness. But the focus is on Millie and Callie's friendship; after a rocky start, it's authentic, supportive, and noncompetitive. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
Millie Michalchuk and Callie Reyes, Willowdean's classmates from Dumplin' (rev. 11/15), alternate narrating this similarly girl-powered follow-up. Instead of resigning herself to another summer at "fat camp," Millie is trying to work up the courage to apply to a prestigious broadcast journalism program at the University of Texas at Austin. In the meantime, she works at the boxing gym owned by her aunt and uncle and thinks about kissing her crush. Callie wants to make it to Nationals with Clover City's dance team and become captain her senior year—a dream that ends when she and her teammates vandalize Millie's family's gym (which has fallen on hard times) for pulling its sponsorship. As the only one who's busted, Callie is kicked off the team and sentenced to work alongside Millie at the gym for free. It's a punishment with the (expected) upside of Millie and Callie, from different social universes, finding common ground. Murphy delivers a good dose of romance (Dumplin' fans will welcome back Willowdean's castoff, good-guy Mitch) as well as gentle lessons about body acceptance, stereotyping, and forgiveness. But the focus is on Millie and ?Callie's friendship, which, after a rocky start, is authentic, supportive, and noncompetitive. "The wider world wants you to think other women are drama…or catty," Callie's grandmother tells her. "But that's just because when we work together, we're unstoppable." By book's end, both young women have proven her right. rachel l. smith Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #3)

Clover City High School in Texas has a clear social hierarchy: football on top, dance team members next, then everyone else. Junior Millie Michalchuk, who also appeared in Murphy's Dumplin', may be a lifer at fat camp, but that doesn't mean she buys into how the world sees her. Callie Reyes dates a football player and is on course to become dance team captain. The girls' paths rarely cross. Then the dance team loses its funder, a gym owned by Millie's uncle, and its members break in and trash the business. When a sulky Callie starts working at the gym, Millie models not just friendship and forgiveness, but also tough-love examples of how to treat people. Through the girls' alternating perspectives, Murphy develops their aspirations and struggles: Millie isn't sure how to pursue her dream of being a TV anchor; Mexican-American Callie experiences stereotyping and yearns for friends, not frenemies. Murphy convincingly and satisfyingly portrays how their one-step-forward-two-steps-back bonding process helps them go for what they want rather than what others think is possible. Ages 13–up. Agent: John M. Cusick, Folio Literary Management. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 March)

Gr 9 Up—On the heels of her success in the Miss Clover City pageant, Millie Michalchuk is determined to pursue her dream of broadcast journalism and not let her weight define her life. Callie Reyes is the pretty and popular queen bee who is better at having useful frenemies than actual friends. When Callie's revenge prank spirals out of control, it destroys the image that she's cultivated for herself and leaves her working side by side with Millie. As the girls get to know each other beyond superficial impressions, their very different strengths push both girls toward what will make them truly happy. Full of humor and heart, fans of Dumplin' will not be disappointed by this book that builds nicely on the themes of self-confidence and self-acceptance without falling into lecture. This is a highly character-driven book and the authentically complex characters are up to the task. Not only is Murphy capable of taking both the popular and unpopular girl beyond tropes, but Millie is a starkly different character than Dumplin's Willowdean. Though very different, they believably find common ground fighting the superficial boxes teenagers often find themselves in and examining the defenses they've built to survive them. VERDICT This companion to the very popular Dumplin' introduces more memorable characters for whom readers can't help but cheer. A first purchase.—Elizabeth Saxton, Tiffin, OH

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.