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Camo Girl

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Set in the modern-day suburbs of Las Vegas, this poignant novel by the Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of "The Rock and the River" is about a biracial girl and the friendships that grow out of, and despite, her race. Set in a suburb of Las Vegas, Ella and Zachary, called Z, have been friends forever, but Z has always been “the weird kid” in their class. He collects stubby pencils, plays chess, and maintains an elaborate –and public– fantasy life, starring himself as a brave knight. Z’s games were okay back in 3rd or 4th grade, but by now their other friends have ditched them both. Z doesn’t care, but Ella longs to be part of a group of friends, even though most of the class makes fun of her. Ella’s mother is black and her father (now deceased) was white, and she’s the only black girl in their sixth grade class. When a new boy, Bailey, moves to town, he befriends Ella, because they are now the only two black kids in class. But Bailey is popular – popular enough to make Ella cool and give her a wider circle of friends – but only if she stops hanging out with Z. Ella’s faced with a difficult decision – remain loyal to the boy who has been her best and only friend for years, or pass up the opportunity to be one of the popular kids that she has always longed to be.


Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Kekla Magoon
Publication Date
January, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.50 x 1.00 Inches

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I really enjoyed this ...

I really enjoyed this book. A book about friendship between 2 outcasts sticking up for each other, in the face of adolescent bullying (for lack of better verbiage right now). Ella/Eleanor is growing up in a town with a 99-100% Caucasian population (it appears), she is the only African American in the school until Bailey James arrives and befriends her. This cause turmoil in her relationship with Z, who sees Bailey as a threat to his relationship with Ella. Ella spends the story trying to keep friends happy. In the end, everything works out for the best. It didn't come right out and say she had vitiligo. That is good and bad; but for kids who can't figure it out, it would open up some discussion with an adult.

Grades 5-8Since her fa...

Grades 5-8Since her father died, sixth grader Ella has grown used to being on the outside. She and her friend Z, whose father left when he was younger, are all the other needs. When new kid Bailey seeks her out, she feels a real bond with him. At the same time, this makes her feel disloyal to Z, knowing that she's his only friend at school. But Z is living more and more in a fantasy world, and Ella is in over her head when it comes to trying to help him with day-to-day survival. This is a wonderful friendship story in which Magoon skillfully brings to life engaging and relatable characters.

Ella brushes her teeth...

Ella brushes her teeth with her eyes closed each morning so that she doesn't have to see her reflection in he mirror. She once had a very best friend, but now her only friend is Z, a boy whose weirdness makes him a social pariah like Ella. The bullies call her "Camo Face" because of her mottled skin. You'd think Ella would be used to it by now, but every time hurts like the first time. But when Bailey James starts at her school, things begin to change. Bailey shows an interest in her... and yes, it might be because they're the only two black kids in their class, but Ella's enjoying her time with the popular kids. What will happen to her friendship with Z when she starts hanging out with Bailey? This is a well-written contemporary novel with rich language choices and imagery. With bullying such a hot topic right now, this is a great choice for a classroom discussion. I'd pair it with WONDER by R.J. Palacio for a discussion on judging people by their looks.

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