School Library JournalGr 5-7-As Jessie Williams enters the Oakland Performing Arts Middle School, she must deal with pressure to perform academically, her jealousy toward her older sister, Cass, and the difficulties of working in a small group at school. The girls who make up the ``Fours'' all have hidden problems that affect their group dynamics, but they manage to work cohesively on class projects, including performing at a local home for senior citizens. Always in the background are the devastating effects of the Oakland/Berkeley fire that both traumatized and mobilized the whole community. Bolstered by her loving family and a boy at school who makes her feel special, Jessie is able to confront her own insecurities. Despite workmanlike writing, stilted dialogue, and some heavy-handed messages, there are some interesting things happening here. The characters are well drawn and, while readers may question the girls' need for secrecy about their problems, they will recognize the pressures of adolescence and exult in Jessie's determination to forge a new relationship with Cass, who's been having her own problems, and her growing pride in her African American heritage.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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