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Zibby Payne & the Drama Trauma

Alison Bell’s Zibby Payne is back! The tomboy has another big problem, in Zibby Payne & the Drama Trauma. Zibby Payne has the lead in the sixth grade play. At first, she has no interest in the play. Only after she learns the lead female is a soccer player does the sixth grader consider taking part. Soccer is Zibby’s game of choice.

Poor Zibby! She has a major decision to make. How does she not kiss the lead male at the play’s end? A tomboy does not kiss boys. Ugh! Worse of all, Matthew, is the lead male. He is her soccer buddy. Soccer buddies do not kiss each other. They pat the other on the back or high-five each other.

Funny Zibby finds herself in difficulty in each tween book (ages 9-12) by Alison Bell. We love to read about each of her adventures in the Zibby Payne series. In Zibby Payne & the Drama Trauma, Zibby tries to solve her dilemmas with her “Very Good Ideas.” Oh no, Zibby’s “Very Good Ideas” generally causes more problems.

Zibby is a great read for the tween crowd. They love reading about the sixth-grader. Many can relate to her problems. She stands up for what she believes. Zibby like most girls in the tween age group has not kissed a boy. Really, who wants the first kiss to happen before a group of people.

At the end of each book in the Zibby Payne series, Zibby Payne learns to be flexible. She learns the art of compromise. This is a good lesson for all tween readers. Parents like the series because the problems in Zibby’s life are mild. So far, there has been no discussion of sex or drugs. Zibby’s favorite band is the Eagles.

Writing a book is a long process. It may take years before the book’s completion. Alison Bell references former female role models. One in Zibby Payne & the Drama Trauma is the former teen idol, Britney Spears. Presently, not many parents want their daughter to emulate Ms. Spears. Therefore, parents and teachers need to discuss Britney Spears is not a good role model.



Zibby Payne & the Wonderful, Terrible Tomboy Experiment is the first book in Alison Bell's Zibby Payne Series.


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