She doesn't just love doodling, she needs it. . . .
In Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School) by Karen Romano Young, moving is tough. Being the new kid in school is even tougher. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen "Dodo" Bussey's family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. She got into trouble at her last school.
On the drive to their new home, her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move, the first days in a new city, and the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends. In the process, she reinvents herself as the Doodlebug. Her little sister seems to adjust to everything so easily—why is it so hard for Dodo?
Doreen Bussey aka Dodo aka Doodlebug returns in this companion to Young's Doodlebug (2010), which shares the loose, meandering, and very funny notebook-style format of its predecessor. As in that book, Doodlebug offers a handwritten and inventively illustrated account of her family's continuing efforts to resettle in San Francisco. Tensions between Doodlebug's parents, her sister's efforts to fit in at school, and an upcoming school dance loom large in this installment. Throughout, Young has a gift for capturing Doodlebug's scattered but perceptive outlook "Permanent," she writes (in permanent marker), "is a word that doesn't seem to have anything to do with my family so far" both in her writing and her authentically childlike illustrations. Ages 8 12.