Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

Dyamonde knows it’s what’s on the inside that counts!

Dyamonde loves eating her mom’s pancakes. Free loves eating . . . period. But lately Damaris just pushes her food around her plate, and Dyamonde suspects it has something to do with the mean things classmates have been saying about people’s weight. Damaris wonders if they might be talking about her too. Dyamonde knows that Damaris doesn’t have a weight problem and is perfect just the way she is–so now it’s time for her to make sure Damaris knows that, too.

In this fourth installment of the award-winning series, Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes’s lovable Dyamonde Daniel is back, with a timely message about self-acceptance and healthy eating habits–delivered with her trademark spunk.


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  1. HALFWAY TO PERFECT is written to both entertain and enlighten Friends are important to Dyamonde Daniel, and so she is worried about Damaris.Typically a normal eater (like Dyamonde), Damaris hardly has anything now. She’ll eat the carrots on her plate but not the pizza; she finishes her salad but not her spaghetti. When Dyamonde confronts her about this, at first Damaris insists that nothing’s wrong — she’s just not hungry, plain and simple. But Dyamonde thinks there’s more to the story, so she keeps pressing for more answers. Damaris finally admits that she thinks she’s getting fat.Why does she believe this? Because she hears a group of girls, known as The Three T’s (Tanya, Tylisha and Tameeka), telling Amberline that she’s fat. Damaris figures that if Amberline is fat, then she must be getting fat as well. And if that’s the case, then she needs to cut back on her food intake. Therefore, she keeps picking at her food, eating just tiny bits at each meal, until she starts losing weight — too much weight. Dyamonde is finally able to convince her that she needs to eat normally again.But what about Amberline? Why doesn’t she seem to care what the other kids say and think about her? You’ll have to read the book to discover that secret.Along with friendship, Nikki Grimes tackles another topic — that of diabetes — and how it can affect children. I’m becoming a fan of Dyamonde Daniel. Grimes does a good job of making her seem real so that young people will be able to relate to her and appreciate this wonderful story. As with the previous books in the series, HALFWAY TO PERFECT is written to both entertain and enlighten.Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin

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