Product Details
List Price:
$16.95
Ages:
9 to 12
Grades:
4 to 7
Pages:
192
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.25"
Published:
04/2014
Imprint:
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-739-8
Lexile Level:
590L

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About the Book

Overview

To grieving Jasmine, Maddie’s a rich kid with no problems. To lonely Maddie, Jasmine is all cavalier-cool in their tame Connecticut town.True friends they are not. Yet each hopes the other might save her. Can Maddie give Jasmine what she needs? Could Jasmine rescue Maddie from the outskirts of the crowd? When Jasmine steals Maddie’s heirloom ring, just how far will she go to keep it? In alternating chapters, Maddie and Jasmine take turns weaving their story about friendship and coming of age.

Reviews

"Can two seemingly opposite girls become friends? . . . the spot-on-cover will entice readers who will identify with the pain of middle school, enjoy the well-developed secondary characters and applaud the girls' growth." Kirkus Reviews

". . . Though their circumstances are vastly different, their worries and insecurities prompt them to similar behaviors, namely theft, and their struggles with dishonesty and its aftermath are sensitively portrayed as they learn to approach each other with empathy rather than jealousy. Both girls are budding wordsmiths, so their observations are peppered with witty similes and vivid images, and the poems they share at their teacher's prompting are heartfelt and lyrical. In the tradition of Frances O'Roark Dowell, Pakkala manages to capture a poignant moment in tween life, when friendships strain and girls are struggling to find their voices and assert their identities. Mistakes and tensions are interlaced with tender moments and liberating laughter, self-protective lies with explosive honesty; this is not girl, interrupted but girl, launched." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"With poetry injected throughout, readers can learn from these middle school girls' poor decisions." —Voice of Youth Advocates, Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers

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Christine Pakkala

Christine Pakkala has an MFA in Poetry from Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught English in New York City.

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