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Larger-Than-Life Lara

by Dandi Daley Mackall

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Laney Grafton gets picked on at school. She doesn't have many friends and her brothers push her around at home. But still, Laney knows she has it better than Lara. Lara is the new student at Paris Elementary and she is truly larger-than-life. Lara is the fattest kid her classmates have ever seen. And as you can imagine, this does not make life easy for Lara. She's the butt of everyone's jokes, although she greets everyone with a smile and doesn't let their teasing phase her... until one day something horrible happens... and the kids at Paris Elementary will never be the same.

A realistic look at bullying and told with a fresh voice. Grades 3+. ( )
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When Lara Phelps walks into Laney Grafton's fourth-grade class, Laney feels the air change. Lara is fat. Really fat. Finally, there will be someone else for the boys to pick on, Laney thinks. But as the class prepares for the school play, Lara doesn't act the way a fat kid should. She's confident. She's happy. And nothing, it seems, can change her positive attitude. Until one day, when Laney's classmates do the unthinkable.

Bestselling author Dandi Daley Mackall tells this original and poignant story through the use of sparkling language, a winsome narrator, and a clever structure that illustrates just what makes a story a story.

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Using the writing techniques she has learned in school, fourth-grader Laney relates how an obese girl new to the class changes the lives of those around her, despite being bullied by her peers.

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