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Giant Girl Rampages by Melly Mills

 

Melly Mills is very tall. Freakishly impossibly tall. Basketball hoops come up to her hips, and most people are only a bit taller than her knees. She looks down on giraffes, and has to bend down to peek into a second-story window.

Melly’s parents kept her sheltered view in the middle acres of their family farm until they died and Melly found herself alone in a world that knew nothing of her existence. The name of her blog is taken from a newspaper headline from the day she left her farm: “Giant girl rampages through town”.

Melly has been taken in by the Appletons, who own an orchard adjacent to Mills Farm, which makes it convenient for her to continue caring for her beloved cows. She is being tutored by her physician, Dr. Crisp, and expects to attend public school for the first time, starting in the fall.

Note: Giant Girl Rampages is unfinished, with no recent updates.


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Listed: Jul 24, 2008

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Not so Giant

By Sonja Nitschke, editor

Jul 24, 2008: A caveat before I proceed: the authors label this story as "the first blog-novel ever published for middle-graders or teens." I write this review from the view point of a twenty-year old writer who was reading adult level books in elementary school.

Giant Girl Rampages is the blog of a girl who is almost 18 feet tall. I found the writing to be overly simple which wasn’t a surprise, given the authors’ description of Giant Girl Rampages (however, I probably would have pegged this for kids younger than middle school instead of middle-graders or teens).

What I found to be disappointing was the weakness of the story. I don’t much care for Milly and the way she punctuates her blog. After the first triple exclamation point (!!!) I wanted to exit the browser and read something that wasn’t saccharine on its own sugar rush.

There were a couple of loopholes in the story—how could she milk a cow with her huge, giant hands? How could she subsist mostly on milk and eggs in the spring? I think a girl that big would need a good deal more to survive.

The 15 year old voice of the narrator seems too forced, too simplistic to me—more of a show than the real deal.

The majority of the adults in the story are two dimensional—the typical, senseless adults that are projected in kid movies/stories. Many times, I found that their actions served only to make us more inclined to feel sorry for Milly or to take her side (however, as the story proceeds, this could change).

I simply had trouble to take the story seriously—and I assume that was the authors’ intent, since it’s supposed to be the real life blog of a giant girl.

Again, I’m probably not the greatest person to review this. I read this story with no expectations and I wasn’t surprised.

My husband seemed to like it though. 😉

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