by Barbara Dee
Grades 4 & up
Mattie and her friends are thrilled when they learn that the eighth grade play will be an unabridged version of Romeo & Juliet. Life would be great if she could figure out why popular girl Willow hates her and is inviting everyone but her to parties. Mattie risks more of Willow’s wrath when she starts getting friendly with new girl Gemma, already part of Willow’s circle. But Mattie is willingly to risk Willow’s wrath because she just can’t stop thinking about Gemma. A sweet look at crushes, friendships, and plenty of Shakespeare. Recommended for grades 4 and up.