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Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

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Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

Friends are important to Dyamonde Daniel, and so she is worried about Damaris.

"Grimes does a good job of making [Dyamonde] seem real so that young people will be able to relate to her and appreciate this wonderful story.... HALFWAY TO PERFECT is written to both entertain and enlighten."

Typically a normal eater (like Dyamonde), Damaris hardly has anything now. She’ll eat the carrots on her plate but not the pizza; she finishes her salad but not her spaghetti. When Dyamonde confronts her about this, at first Damaris insists that nothing’s wrong --- she’s just not hungry, plain and simple. But Dyamonde thinks there’s more to the story, so she keeps pressing for more answers. Damaris finally admits that she thinks she’s getting fat.

Why does she believe this? Because she hears a group of girls, known as The Three T’s (Tanya, Tylisha and Tameeka), telling Amberline that she’s fat. Damaris figures that if Amberline is fat, then she must be getting fat as well. And if that’s the case, then she needs to cut back on her food intake. Therefore, she keeps picking at her food, eating just tiny bits at each meal, until she starts losing weight --- too much weight. Dyamonde is finally able to convince her that she needs to eat normally again.

But what about Amberline? Why doesn’t she seem to care what the other kids say and think about her? You’ll have to read the book to discover that secret.

Along with friendship, Nikki Grimes tackles another topic --- that of diabetes --- and how it can affect children. I’m becoming a fan of Dyamonde Daniel. Grimes does a good job of making her seem real so that young people will be able to relate to her and appreciate this wonderful story. As with the previous books in the series, HALFWAY TO PERFECT is written to both entertain and enlighten.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on August 25, 2012

Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book
by Nikki Grimes

  • Publication Date: July 5, 2012
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0399251782
  • ISBN-13: 9780399251788