Charlie Woodchuck is a Minor Niner
by Dayla Moon
Release Date: July 25, 2011
Age Level: Middle Grade
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Minor Niner is a cute Middle Grade story that made me laugh and root for the protagonist, Charlie Woodchuck. The story follows Charlie through her freshman year of high school, though she seemed younger to me. I enjoyed this story, and I think my younger self would have loved this novel.
Though this story takes place in the late-80s, I didn’t feel like I was reading historical fiction... but it probably would to a tween. The 80s references were fun (hello leg warmers!), but the only major thing that stood out was the gender discrimination. I loved that Charlie spoke her mind and stuck up for her self and classmates. She didn’t like that her school had different electives for girls and boys, so instead of complaining about it, she actively worked to have equal choice. She’s a character you can root for.
I do have to say that the second half was a bit odd to me because it skipped around a lot. The plot seemed purposely pieced together instead of the nice flow it had in the beginning.
Overall this was a humorous, fun, and heart-warming read! I would recommend this book to tweens.