The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Moxie feels as if she can't live up to an unusual persona as indicated by her unusual name. At thirteen, she is sent away to a boarding school to start eighth grade. She is so talented playing the piano, that she gets a music scholarship. She tries to keep her piano skills a secret. This is her opportunity to try a new identity. She has so many choices that she keeps a journal to write down which misconception she told to whom. She tries out HHSE - Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast. MEG (Mysterious Earth Goddess ) comes in handy very often. She turns into ARA( Assertive Revolutionary Activist). Then there is DUCKI (Detached Uniquely, Coolly Knowing Individual). Because of an upcoming talent contest and a girl that hates her for no apparent reason, Moxie feels sick and loses weight. Things turn into a crisis when her private journal is missing. Moxie's roommate helps her realize that you can't tell people who you are; people have to figure it out by themselves. A teacher helps her through a confidence-building comedy workshop. Moxie discovers that you have to be able to laugh at yourself.
This realistic fiction was just published 2010. Elizabeth Cody Kimmel makes this first-person narrative about a girl's identity very believable. This book is not perfect. You will have fun finding publishing errors. For example, in my edition on page 150, that was used instead of than. Moxie is not perfect. She is a normal girl with a great talent and a lot of moxie!