The Accidental Cheerleader (Candy Apple Series #1)

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When shy Sophie's best friend, Kylie, signs them both up for cheerleading tryouts, it's Sophie who lands in the spotlight - and Kylie ends up on the sidelines. Now Kylie is stuck playing mascot, and she doesn't exactly get along with Sophie's new friends on the squad.

Things really spin out of control right before ...

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Overview


Candy Apple is a fresh, fun take on fiction for girls: a new line with pep and pizzazz targeted at the solid middle-grade reader.

When shy Sophie's best friend, Kylie, signs them both up for cheerleading tryouts, it's Sophie who lands in the spotlight - and Kylie ends up on the sidelines. Now Kylie is stuck playing mascot, and she doesn't exactly get along with Sophie's new friends on the squad.

Things really spin out of control right before the big game, and Sophie has to choose sides. Can the girls rediscover how to root for each other before the clock runs out on their friendship?

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The Accidental Cheerleader
Mimi McCoy. Scholastic, $4.99 paper
(176p) ISBN 978-0-439-89056-4

The debut novel in the Candy Apple series introduces two very different 12-year-old best friends: introverted, quick-to-blush Sophie and outgoing, impulsive Kylie. Sophie reluctantly agrees to be Kylie's partner at tryouts for their middle school cheerleading team. Rather predictably, gymnast Sophie makes the squad, but klutzy (if gutsy) Kylie is instead offered the position of team mascot–a costumed mule. Attending practices without Kylie, Sophie initially feels like an outsider amidst the confident, popular and mostly petty other cheerleaders, but gradually gets sucked into their superficial social sphere. The plot takes a melodramatic turn when Sophie is suddenly shunned by her old and new friends after she dances with a star football player on whom Kylie has long had a crush and whom the head cheerleader dated the previous year (“for three weeks”). Despite such contrivances, the tale convincingly conveys the social pressures of middle school, and the price and precariousness of popularity, offering a cheer-worthy blend of fluff and substance. The second Candy Apple title, Laura Dower's The Boy Next Door (ISBN 978-0-439-92929-5), is due out simultaneously. Ages 9-12. (Jan.)

Source: Publisher's Weekly, January 1, 2007, p. 51

Publishers Weekly

The debut novel in the Candy Apple series introduces two very different 12yearold best friends: introverted, quicktoblush Sophie and outgoing, impulsive Kylie. Sophie reluctantly agrees to be Kylie's partner at tryouts for their middle school cheerleading team. Rather predictably, gymnast Sophie makes the squad, but klutzy (if gutsy) Kylie is instead offered the position of team mascot—a costumed mule. Attending practices without Kylie, Sophie initially feels like an outsider amidst the confident, popular and mostly petty other cheerleaders, but gradually gets sucked into their superficial social sphere. The plot takes a melodramatic turn when Sophie is suddenly shunned by her old and new friends after she dances with a star football player on whom Kylie has long had a crush and whom the head cheerleader dated the previous year ("for three weeks"). Despite such contrivances, the tale convincingly conveys the social pressures of middle school, and the price and precariousness of popularity, offering a cheerworthy blend of fluff and substance. The second Candy Apple title, Laura Dower's The Boy Next Door(ISBN 9780439929295), is due out simultaneously. Ages 912. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What girl doesn't want to fit in and make friends in junior high school? Sophie and Kylie are best friends, and very excited about starting the seventh grade. But once Kylie signs both girls up for cheerleading tryouts. Sophie's gymnastic abilities transition well into this new sport, while Kylie ends up on the sidelines as the football team's mascot. Sophie struggles to make new friends, to understand boys, and to maintain her friendship with Kylie. Sophie discovers that being in the "in" crowd is quite a bit of work. There are parties to attend, popular girls to please, and the "right" outfit that she must have in order to fit in. Eventually Kylie gets tired of being on the outside looking in at the cheerleading team, and plans the ultimate revenge—she mocks the snobby cheerleaders in front of the entire school. Sophie must then decide whether to still be friends with Kylie, or to continue hanging out with the cheerleaders. Can Sophie and Kylie rediscover how to support each other? Will their friendship stand the test of time and cheerleading angst? This is a delightful book that will appeal to young girls ages eight to twelve.
Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
Kylie and Sophie are best friends. Kylie announces to Sophie that she signed them up for cheerleading tryouts. When Sophie's anger subsides, she gives in to Kylie. The results are posted and Sophie is surprised that she makes the cut and Kylie is disappointed to be named the team mascot. As Sophie grows closer to the cheerleading squad, she and Kylie grow apart. During a pep rally, the mascot encourages the students to disrupt the cheerleaders. The mascot is suspended. At the game, the crowd and the football team are listless. Sophie gets the cheerleaders to lift the suspension. Now the crowd is pumped up, the team wins, and Kylie and Sophie are best friends again. This is a story that many young girls will relate to. Friendship, boys, competition, jealousy, and cheerleading are issues in this work of fiction. The main characters—Kylie and Sophie—are well developed. These two characters demonstrate how to resolve interpersonal problems, how to be a responsible person, and how to maintain a friendship. McCoy's story relays the message that there is no "I" in team.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439929288
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Candy Apple Series , #1
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Mimi McCoy is the author of the Poison Apple book The Dead End and the Candy Apple books The Accidental Cheerleader, The Babysitting Wars, and Star-Crossed. She lives in San Francisco, CA, and does not have a twin, evil or otherwise. That she knows of . . .
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    Lol

    Ok, I know that a lot of people will probably say that I'm wrong, but trust me, DONT BUY THIS BOOK! 1. All the people out there saying it's great are obviously not cheerleaders and don't know what cheerleading really is. This is an insult to cheerleading, the stuff they do is so dumb. 2. The story is boring, and the end is also boring and ruins everything. 3. Candy apple books are all about drama, middle school, popularity, crushes, and fights. Really, why would someone want to read a book about school drama if there's already a bunch of drama going on in their lives. What's so fun about reading a book about a girl getting bullied or whatever. And stop obsessing about boys, they're not your life, and every single candy apple book I read had something to do with a girl crushing on a random boy just because he's cute or popular. 4. There are so many good books out there that teach you good lessons about friendship, courage, and other things like that and actually have a good plot that makes sense and is perhaps funny. cAndy apple books are basically a waste of trees, stop publishing them and go read a good book!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    CANDY APPLE SERIES #1

    MY 8 YR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER LOVED THESE BOOKS, SHE IS IN 2ND GRADE AND IS READING ON A 4-5 GRADE LEVEL.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

    greattt

    i read this book in 2 days!! because i couldnt stop reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    mh16

    i think this book was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    Reviewed by Liz for TeensReadToo.com

    If you are looking for an adventure book that has fun on every page, you should check out THE ACCIDENTAL CHEERLEADER. It's about two seventh-grade girls who try out for cheerleading, but what they don't know is that one of them made it onto the squad and the other is stuck being the school mascot. <BR/><BR/>After tryouts everything went downhill. Sophie doesn't know if the life of a cheerleader is her thing. What if her best bud, Kyle, isn't having fun? Should she stay with the most popular girls in school (and on the squad) or should she go back with her real friends? If she goes back to hanging out with Kyle, will she forgive Sophie for using her? <BR/><BR/>I think you should read this book because it has non-stop action! I give it 5 stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Cheer fun?

    This story is of a shy girl named Sophie, and a not that shy girl named Kylie. Kylie wants to try out for cheerleading but her best friend Sophie doesnt want to try out but they do everything together. They both try out anyway. When something goes wrong at tryouts, theres a BIG suprise in the team!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    AMAZING

    I think this is probably the best book every mostly becuse it actually relates to what actual kids go through. I would recommend this book to anyone I know it will lift your spirts. There is this girl named Sophie and Kylie and they are best friends. And then Kylie suggests they try out for cheerleading. Sophie is not so sure, until she makes the team. And even though it was Kylie's idea she ends up being the mascot and feeling stuck in the shadows. So Sophie has to decide if she will stand by Kylie and thier best friend AKA Sophie's dream guy or go with the cheerleaders. and she chooses...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    good mystery

    this is a good book for girls ages 10-12 because it's telling about friendship and how things get twisted up when bff's like different kinds of things and the clique's (clicks) begin to happen and makes their friendship a lot lot difficult because their enveloped in something they doesn't get the friends to spend much time together like they used too!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Terrible

    Listen to me, i'm a cheerleader and i actually know what i'm talking about. This book is horrible. Not only is the cheerleading very unrealistic (they don't do things that real cheerleaders would do and just cheer for football instead of going on competitions), but the story is just pathetic. If you're a cheerleader and are looking for a good cheerleading book, do not read this one, i recommend you get a gymnastics book instead because i never read a good cheerleading book before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2010

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    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is such a good book!!!! i have read it like 20 times! it is below my reading level but that's not going to stop me! my teacher told my class to pick 5 books to read this summer including the one she assigned us and for my 5th book i pick this because i really enjoyed it the last times i read it and it was a quick and easy read! this book is an easy read for girls in middle school who just want to read for fun or need a quick book to read and a good book for younger girls in elementary school because it could be challenging for them!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    The Accidental Cheerleader

    good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    this is a great book because......

    i reallt liked this book because it brings girls into the mind of the other girls in their grade or school who are dealing with the same types of things. most situations like this end up with a happy ending and that was my favourite part in the book. the ending because they were friends again and they solved all of their problems just like true friends do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    this was a wonderful book

    I love this book it is one of my favirote. I was able to connect very well to the book becuz in 6th and 7th grade you always get jealous or something related to this book and i am in 6th grade and its all true people get jealous or mad or get gossiped about or get picked on !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    a reviewer

    If you are looking for an adventure book that has fun on every page, you should check out THE ACCIDENTAL CHEERLEADER. It¿s about two seventh-grade girls who try out for cheerleading, but what they don¿t know is that one of them made it onto the squad and the other is stuck being the school mascot. After tryouts everything went downhill. Sophie doesn¿t know if the life of a cheerleader is her thing. What if her best bud, Kyle, isn¿t having fun? Should she stay with the most popular girls in school (and on the squad) or should she go back with her real friends? If she goes back to hanging out with Kyle, will she forgive Sophie for using her? I think you should read this book because it has non-stop action! I give it 5 stars! **Reviewed by: Liz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2007

    You would love to read it!

    it is one of those books u can relate to and that is really important to a girl these days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    The accidental cheerleader

    This book was really good it gave great detail and lots of people could connect to the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    hannah montana

    it's like that hannah montana episode when they made hannah the mascot and her bestfriend the cheerleader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    the best book

    hi i just loved this book it gives such detail and excitement and i can relate to her when the autor is describing when they where going to the cheerleading tryouts i got goosebumbs because i am a little shy just like the character so i even got nerous! well i think this book was great and i totally think people should get it!!!!

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