The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Martinez is from the 2013 United Methodist Women Reading Program listing. This is aimed at upper elementary or middle school age readers, and is the story of Chela Gonzalez as she begins sixth grade. Unfortunately, the school year is marred by the sudden illness of her father. When her grandmother arrives to help the family, the "smell of old lady perfume" is what surrounds Chela.
This is an excellent book illustrating the challenges of fitting into a middle school setting, with a new group of "popular" girls. I recommend it for this age group.
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