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KLIATTIn Worst Enemies/Best Friends, Charlotte has moved back to the US after living in Australia, Africa, and most recently, Paris. Charlotte has an unfortunate habit of spectacularly humiliating herself on the first day of school, and her first day of 7th grade proves to be no different. The three girls in Charlotte's assigned lunch group are mortified. They convince their teacher that one sleepover will provide ample time to get to know one another well enough to be allowed to eat with whomever they choose. During the sleepover, they discover that some great friendships can begin in inauspicious ways. They also discover a tower room in Charlotte's house, which they designate as their headquarters. What Charlotte has not told them is that the house does not belong to her family, and that their mysterious landlady has forbidden them to use a room without permission. If this omission is discovered, it spells disaster for the Beacon Street Girls' friendship! Despite the obstacles faced in the first book, the Beacon Street Girls are going strong in Bad News/Good News. Charlotte is beginning to feel as though she finally has a place to call home, until she overhears her father talking on the phone about moving to Oxford. Charlotte is distressed, but she quickly resigns herself to the move. However, the other Beacon Street Girls will have none of it. They are determined to convince Charlotte's father not to move. Unfortunately a new girl shows up, and her presence divides the group straight down the middle, threatening to divide the BSG forever. These two gentle books were written specifically with junior high school girls in mind. The four girls are the standard adolescent charactersone might expect to find: Avery is an athlete, Katani is a fashion maven, Maeve is a drama queen, and Charlotte is a dreamy writer. Despite their differences (or because of them) the girls naturally become fast friends. Add in a good healthy dose of lunchroom humiliation, physical comedy, a secret room, and a group of gals with goals, and you have one fun and harmless new series. (Beacon Street Girls). KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2004, B*tween Productions, 277p., each. Ages 12 to 15.