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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Fitting In Isn't Easy by Devonia Reed is a short story for children about social issues. Kayden Morgan is excited about being a third grader. She loves school and is happy to have Ms. Henderson as her teacher for the upcoming year. One morning, about a month after the beginning of the semester, the principal brought a new student to Kayden's class. She was very tall, and her clothes were not in as good condition as those worn by most of the other students. Her sneakers were tattered and worn. Ms. Henderson asked Michelle, the new girl, to sit across from Kayden. Kayden smiled and said hello to Michelle, but other students in the class were not so nice. They rolled their eyes, and some began to call her names. Michelle got angry one day at the name-calling and hit the boy who was taunting and bullying her. The suspension she got made it hard for her mother to feed her and her two little brothers, but it seemed almost better, as far as Michelle was concerned, if she never went back to school again.
Devonia Reed's children's social issues short story, Fitting In Isn't Easy, addresses the bullying and isolating behaviors seen in schools when a student seems different than the others. Sometimes, it's just being a new student. At other times, it's a strange smell or being tall or poor. This story highlights the trauma such isolating behavior can cause, and it teaches children to put themselves in another's shoes to understand what being new or different feels like. Reed includes a Teacher/Parent Corner as an appendix that includes discussion suggestions for after the story is read and defines the various forms that bullying can take. There are also other suggestions for encouraging active reading of the text. I was very impressed with this story. I quickly became involved with the situations both Michelle and Kayden found themselves in and could empathize with each of their predicaments. The underlying message of the story is presented in a highly accessible manner, and the discussion questions are an added bonus. Fitting In Isn't Easy is most highly recommended.