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My New Best Friend (Friends for Keeps Series #2)

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com

When Ida and Stacey create a secret club, the world gets kind of kooky. Perhaps it's because the club mascot is an evil mermaid, or perhaps it's because of all the secrets.

Best friends share secrets, right? But what if your best friend's secrets are getting y...
When Ida and Stacey create a secret club, the world gets kind of kooky. Perhaps it's because the club mascot is an evil mermaid, or perhaps it's because of all the secrets.

Best friends share secrets, right? But what if your best friend's secrets are getting you in trouble? And what if your worst enemy is acting more like your best friend than your actual best friend?

I couldn't wait for this sequel to MY LAST BEST FRIEND, and Julie Bowe is back with the authentic fourth-grade voice of Ida May:

"I'm NOT so thankful that Brooke invited Jenna to the party. That's because Jenna is the kind of person who would pin back your skin if she could. Then she would take something sharp and poke at all the stuff you'd rather keep hidden. Stuff like spilling your lunch tray. And tripping on the bus."

Ida May is the perfect fourth-grade narrator, learning to navigate the boundaries of a new friendship and gaining wisdom about relationships around her, all with the helpful insight of her sock monkey, George.

The anticipation of this second book was well worthwhile, as Ida remained true and strong, and Bowe developed secondary characters into some I'd like to know even better. This is a book elementary school teachers can put on classroom bookshelves with confidence that it's a well-told story to which kids will relate.

posted by TeensReadToo on November 5, 2008

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great read for younger girls!

Ida May is having a great fourth grade year. She and her best friend Stacey have found a magical mermaid light that they think helps grant their wishes. So they start a new club, and Ida likes it just being the two of them. If only mean Jenna would quit bossing everyone...
Ida May is having a great fourth grade year. She and her best friend Stacey have found a magical mermaid light that they think helps grant their wishes. So they start a new club, and Ida likes it just being the two of them. If only mean Jenna would quit bossing everyone in their class around. But Ida soon finds that Stacy seems to be using the mermaid as an excuse to tell lies. It also appears that Jenna is going through things at home that might explain her mean behavior. Can Ida help her best friend stop lying and befriend her enemy at the same time? This book is recommended to anyone who can relate to fourth grade girlfriend problems. Young girls that read this book will discover the importance of telling the truth instead of lies. The book also teaches that being a good friend is oftentimes more important than being an enemy. Parents can be confident in this book choice.

posted by JenniferLIB on September 11, 2010

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

    Great read for younger girls!

    Ida May is having a great fourth grade year. She and her best friend Stacey have found a magical mermaid light that they think helps grant their wishes. So they start a new club, and Ida likes it just being the two of them. If only mean Jenna would quit bossing everyone in their class around. But Ida soon finds that Stacy seems to be using the mermaid as an excuse to tell lies. It also appears that Jenna is going through things at home that might explain her mean behavior. Can Ida help her best friend stop lying and befriend her enemy at the same time? This book is recommended to anyone who can relate to fourth grade girlfriend problems. Young girls that read this book will discover the importance of telling the truth instead of lies. The book also teaches that being a good friend is oftentimes more important than being an enemy. Parents can be confident in this book choice.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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