Books for Kids & Teens
|Boss of the Whole Sixth Grade
can’t wait to be at the top of the
grade-school heap--especially since she’s
dealing with loss at home. Her father’s
, her mother’s still angry with Greta’s
Dad for leaving, and Grampa’s losing
even sixth grade starts to feel like life
stinks. Greta discovers she's
not in the same home room with her best
friend. Her handsome new teacher
seems way too interested in her mother.
Kiki, a new girl, moves onto the scene and
starts acting like the boss of the whole
to be a candidate for class
president only to stop Kiki from
winning. She regrets accepting Kiki’s bet
that if Kiki wins the election, she gets to
tell Greta what to do for the whole school
It takes some inspiration from her
“integrated learning” project about
René Descartes and his “I think,
therefore I am” philosophy to help Greta
keep her sixth-grade experience from totally
going down the toilet.
eye-opening book for ages 10+. It is
great for kids who are nervous about
middle school or struggling in it. Ann
Herrick is an adult who clearly
understands the trials of middle school
and is able to shine hope through them.
The Boss of the Whole Sixth Grade gives
an excellent picture of middle school
and shows how good friends are like the
sun peering through the clouds."
of the Whole Sixth Grade
brought a whole new connection to
book characters. It was very easy
to relate to the characters,
especially Mari and Greta.
Sometimes school can be hard. And
reading this book made me know I'm
not alone. It's a good book for
ages 7-12 ... I would recommend
this book to anyone who is having
a hard time in school. It might
help them relate to others and
start feeling better.
Herrick's novel, Boss of the Whole Sixth
Grade, squarely deals with the realities
and trauma of parental separation, the
angst of transitioning into the middle
grades through friendships, building
healthy relationships, resolving
self-confidence, applying out-of-the-box
thinking, and encouraging artistic
creativity. The characters' voices
and actions ring true with every turn of
, Retired Teacher and Librarian
Ann Herrick does a great job at showing
the world from the point of view of
Greta, from her internal emotions to the
feelings of frustration and loss of
control. The reader comes to realize and
understand how frustrated Greta feels.
The reader can empathize with the
various predicaments that Greta faces.
dialogue is fun, the situations are
understandable and the characters are
deep. Ann Herrick does a perfect job at
relating the difficult situations to the
age of the reader. There are lessons at
various levels and even older readers
will find great enjoyment and humor at
the various situations. Older readers
will also be able to reflect on their
own youth and understand the feelings
that Greta faces throughout the story.
really enjoyed the personality of Greta.
Many authors develop a character that
the reader often views as “pure” or
“good” but Ann is able to show the
actions that Greta takes when she is
feeling frustration or anger. Rather
than just describing the feelings that
Greta has, Ann shows how Greta lets
those feelings out, whether in words or
actions the feelings come forth.
is one story that is full of lessons and
reflections for readers of all ages, you
don’t want to miss this great
and Short Reviews
the Whole Sixth Grade is narrated by
Greta. Her voice is true to the
character’s age. She isn’t
precocious in any regard. Her view of
her parents as individuals and a couple
is spot on for a sixth grader. Her
anxiousness over her hunky new teacher
who seems to know her mom is classic.
Ms. Herrick clearly has her finger on
the pulse of this age group. Boss of the
Sixth Grade is an eye-opening book that
is appropriate for grade school through
story has many layers to it, and the
vivid descriptions bring the scenes and
the characters alive, and keep readers
entertained till the very end."
Favorite Book Reviews
interesting middle-grade novel. It felt
true and honest … It was
wonderful to watch the girls, and others
in this sixth-grade class, change,
mature, and grow in the course of these
few pages. It’s definitely a book
I’ll be sharing with my girls."