I picked up What’s Her Name? by Tomac Scott because my sons have unusual names so I thought it might have a good message. The story follows a girl who starts a new school, and the other kids make fun of her for her unusual name. Her mother tells her the meaning behind her name, and the girl works harder to make friends. But, then at the end, a fashion agency tells her she has a unique name, puts her in a commercial, and then everyone likes her…. Yeah, that ending didn’t work for me, and I felt like it garbled the message of appreciating everyone’s diversity… rather than liking them for their newfound fame.

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Although my 5yo said he liked the book a whole lot, it was his “fourth favorite” of the four new books we read today. Thanks to Indigo River Publishing and NetGalley for the free ARC!


Thanks for reading!