The Boy Next Door (Candy Apple Series #2)
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The Boy Next Door (Candy Apple Series #2)

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by Laura Dower
     
 

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A sassy twist on the evolving middle-school friendship between Taryn and Jeff, the boy next door, told from their alternating points of view. One of the first titles in the new CANDY APPLE line!

Taryn and Jeff have lived next door to each other their whole lives. It never really seemed to matter that they were a girl and a boy -- they were just friends. But when

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A sassy twist on the evolving middle-school friendship between Taryn and Jeff, the boy next door, told from their alternating points of view. One of the first titles in the new CANDY APPLE line!

Taryn and Jeff have lived next door to each other their whole lives. It never really seemed to matter that they were a girl and a boy -- they were just friends. But when they hit sixth grade, everything changes . . . whether they want it to or not.

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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

Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
Taryn and Jeff have been best friends since their diaper-wearing days. Now that they are in the sixth grade, Taryn notices a change in Jeff. Sometimes he ridicules her when other students are near. She, in turn, gives him the cold shoulder. Meanwhile, Jeff makes the soccer team and Taryn becomes a team leader for the school carnival. On the day of the carnival, Taryn is relieved when Jeff and his soccer buddies help her out of a jam. The next day, Taryn joins Jeff on his porch. As they head inside to play video games, Taryn trips and lands on Jeff. Jeff helps Taryn up, and the butterflies that she suddenly feels only subside when she reminds herself that they are just friends. Middle readers will find this adorable story fun to read. The chapters alternate between Taryn's and Jeff's point of view. Dower's story demonstrates how best friends are able to resolve their problems. Besides friendship, Dower addresses crushes, annoying siblings, peer pressure, and self-confidence. This title is a good choice for preadolescent girls and boys, even if their best friend does not live next door.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439929295
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Candy Apple Series, #2
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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Boy Next Door 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is good and has many humorous moments. The main character is Taryn and Jeff is the antagonist.(in a way) The begining of the book is when jeff and Taryn get into a fight after Jeff throws a shoe at Taryn. But then she moves on becasue Jeff and his looks plus sweet- heart personality somehow wave Taryn into the forgiving direction. Then they are off to Middle School. Lots of stuff happens on the first day of school, Taryn falls and gets her outfit dirty and jeff raves to everyone about his soccer try-out excitment. The Climax is when all her friends find out she likes jeff and then the news stats to get out and then it gets to JEFF.... then he confronts Taryn about to find out if it's really true? Does He like Taryn too...? I guess that is up for you to decide. the falling action is when they are about to talk about it and the bell rings and SCHOOL is OUT so they run off and you don't know what happens. The resoulution is... I don't want to ruin it so I am just going to say EVERYTHING works out great.
discoeralmost11 More than 1 year ago
this exquisite novel by Laura Dower shows the fears and doubts of entering middle school. Taryn and Jeff have been neighbors and friends forever, but when they both start middle school, everything changes...Taryn's other friends, (Christina and Leslie) are talking about dating, and tell Taryn she should ask Jeff out. This is all to much to handle for Taryn, and on top of everything else she's getting...glasses. Find out what happens to Jeff and Taryn in this book about how change...isn't so bad.
sha1236 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book.Must read just Must.Its wonderful!!!!!1
olivia902 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books! It is about a girl and a guy who have been best friends forever. But once they hit 6th grade everything goes wrong. they start to split up. Guys go with guys and girls go with girls. And when they meet each other in the hall the guy calles her a name in front of everyone. She thinks that he never says it in public but in there backyards. So there is a war between them. Who will win? Will they become friends again? Also what I liked is that the author wrote both sides or opinons of them. So one chapter is the girl and the next is the guy. It switches back and forth. So you have to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is awesome! I loved it so much that I am writting a second book of it! It's called 'The boy next door likes me?' It's going good so far! This book can also relate to many different girls and also boys 'cause it's just life! lol 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, it was great!
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I loved reaing this book. My friends love it to. It was a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves to read and she really enjoy the books I pick out for her and the ones she get for herself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Candy Apple Books so much.When I was in school,and we got are book order,my friend and me would always check for new Candy Apple books.I love this book so much!:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have not read this book. my friend told me about it because she said it reminded her of me :-)) i agree with her!!! i Have a guy friend that is my nieghbor. Our parents have known eachother before we were born and i have known him since i was little but we didnt go over eachothers houses as we got older. so when sixth grade hit he liked me. Later at open house, we found out that we knew eachother since we were little and that suprised us both!!!! now it is the end of sixth grade and he doesn't like me and we never did go out :-(( now i am in love with him!!!! sounds Crazy i know!!!! and that is the reason i want to read this book. i have always loved the Candy apple books and they are easy relatable. i am a girl going into seventh grade.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im in 5th grade and I got some of these books from book orders at school. when I started reading them I noticed that they were just like my life! Some of my friends read them too and they allso love them! We think they rock :) So far my favorite is How To Be A Girly Girl In Just Ten Days!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I like it how Laura Dower makes them Best friends first then they start to 'change'! I loved it so I'm starting to read some other candy apple books! This is such a adorable story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book! my favorite candy apple book! (yet!)its about a girl and a boy. taryn and jeff have been bff. but when they go to middle school everything changes! does taryn like like jeff, and jeff likes her?