×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Best Girl
     

Best Girl

by Sylvia Maultash Warsh
 

See All Formats & Editions

Amanda Moss is a young hairstylist with ambitions to become a musician and play in a band. She was adopted at age three after her parents were killed in a car crash. At least that's what her adoptive mother Shelley has always told her. Shelley is also a hairdresser. But beyond that, mother and daughter don't see eye to eye on much.

Then one day Amanda's life

Overview

Amanda Moss is a young hairstylist with ambitions to become a musician and play in a band. She was adopted at age three after her parents were killed in a car crash. At least that's what her adoptive mother Shelley has always told her. Shelley is also a hairdresser. But beyond that, mother and daughter don't see eye to eye on much.

Then one day Amanda's life changes dramatically when a stranger shows up and tells her a very different story about her parents. Her real mother has just died of cancer while serving a life sentence for the murder of Amanda's father. Suddenly Amanda feels her whole life has been a lie. Was her mother really guilty? When she also discovers that her father was in a successful rock-and-roll band when he was killed, she goes looking for former band members to try to find out what really happened so many years before. In the process she learns some unpleasant truths about her family. She also learns that you can love and hate someone at the same time.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"As the main character moves towards the truth, Warsh creates many twists and turns to mimic Amanda's confusion. Best Girl is a novel that addresses many themes including the value of family and the quest for identity. Highly Recommended."
www.mytowncrier.ca
"Functional dialogue and short, colloquial sentences—perfect for its intended readership. It skips along rather quickly, with enough psychological depth to keep young people interested in the character."
Southwest Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"This novel packs a lot of suspense into a mere 121 pages. For new adult readers, or readers short on time, this novel fits the bill. The fast paced action keeps the reader on edge for the duration of the story."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee
"Well-written...this novel features believable characters, a taut plot and a satisfying ending. A quick read, and a book the reader will not be able to put down."
NJ Youth Services
"This engaging, quick read is aimed at adult reluctant/struggling readers, but may find appeal at the upper high school level."
mytowncrier.ca
"Functional dialogue and short, colloquial sentences—perfect for its intended readership. It skips along rather quickly, with enough psychological depth to keep young people interested in the character."
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
A single phone call can change everything, and when Amanda Moss talks to someone who knew her birth mother, she sets out on a mission to discover the truth. At 23, Amanda lives on her own, working as a hair stylist, like her adoptive mother, but is haunted by her inexplicable love of music. Only when she discovers her birth father was a successful rock guitarist who died under suspicious circumstances does she gain the confidence she needs to pursue his killer and her own musical dreams, regardless of the danger she invites as she dredges up her family's tragic history. Multiple people from her parents' past, including band mates, groupies and friends, have motives for murder. But who really killed Freddy Allan? While Amanda chases ghosts, she struggles to figure out whom she can trust. Each character gives Amanda another piece of the puzzle, and she travels all over Toronto to track down the people who saw her dad the night he died, until she ends up right back where she started. Award winning, Canadian author Warsh's fast-paced mystery is part of the "Rapid Reads" series from Raven Books. The series uses simple language and sentence structure, short chapters and fast pacing to draw the interest of reluctant readers, English language learners, or others struggling with literacy issues. At about 120 pages, the book's length will appeal to those intimidated by longer works. Though the intended audience is adults and the content includes references to mature topics, it is never graphic or gratuitous. In fact, the book is devoid of the profanity one would expect in a book about sex, drugs and rock ?n' roll. A few twists and turns to the plot keep the reader engaged and surprised. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554698974
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Series:
Rapid Reads
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,372,200
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
HL400L (what's this?)

Related Subjects

Read an Excerpt

In a daze, I gave her my address. Why did my mother give me away? She was alive all this time! It was like a knife in my chest. I could've met her.

Meet the Author

Sylvia Maultash Warsh is the author of the Dr. Rebecca Temple mystery series set in 1979 Toronto. The first book, To Die in Spring, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award in 2001; the second, Find Me Again, won an Edgar Award in 2004; the third, Season of Iron, was shortlisted for a ReLit Award in 2007. Sylvia lives in Toronto with her family. For more information, visit www.sylviawarsh.com.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews