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Children's LiteratureEveryone has made a fool of themselves, said something they have regretted, wished they could go back and undo what they have said or done or do something better if they only had a second chance. Elsa has been given that second chance. She is coping with her mother's death and a move to a new town and a new school. It is hard—until Elsa discovers that she has been given a magical do-over power. Now Elsa can do-over in all her classes, come up with the right answers, and be a star student. Now she can hear the latest gossip and jump back ten seconds and be the first to pass it on. In fact she can do anything over and over again until she gets it right. But somehow her life does not seem quite right. Maybe Elsa is feeling like a fake; maybe she does not want to fake it anymore. A funny and sympathetic story about a teenage girl coping with a new school, new friends, and figuring out the best way to be cool, popular and brilliant. 2006, Delacorte Press/Random House, Ages 11 to 14.
—Anita Barnes Lowen