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Being a friend is hard work. Just ask eleven-year-old Fiona Claire Jardin. Can she really be friends with a b-o-y named Eliot? And what about Katie? Should Fiona keep her friend's secret even though Katie may be in danger?
Through all these difficult situations, Fiona learns about the loyalty, trust, and love that are at the heart of every true friendship.

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Overview

Being a friend is hard work. Just ask eleven-year-old Fiona Claire Jardin. Can she really be friends with a b-o-y named Eliot? And what about Katie? Should Fiona keep her friend's secret even though Katie may be in danger?
Through all these difficult situations, Fiona learns about the loyalty, trust, and love that are at the heart of every true friendship.

Eleven-year-old Fiona describes her triumphs and struggles with friendship in her very private journal.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Like Judy Blume, [Cruise] tackles serious issues but provides many opportunities for laughter. . . . Readers will love this book."—School Library Journal
"A delightful, funny, sometimes poignant, on-target read. It's no wonder that Fiona's friends like her. So will kids."—Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Eleven-year-old Fiona Claire Jardin begins her journal with a brand-new year. As part of their New Year's tradition, Fiona, her little brother Sam and her mother all make a list of five things describing a true friend. Fiona's list seems straightforward enough--a true friend never gossips, is just like you, never gets mad at you, keeps your secrets, and always agrees with you. Unknown to this pre-teen, in the coming year all of her ideas about friendship will be tested. As she finishes sixth grade, enjoys a summer of freedom and begins seventh grade, Fiona is faced with a multitude of challenges. Her favorite teacher moves away; her divorced parents begin new relationships with other people, and her best friend shares the awful secret of her anorexia. As she faces each challenge--and either fails or triumphs--Fiona reshapes her ideas about friendship and discovers her own depth in the process. Pre-teens will love the journal format as Fiona honestly shares all her thoughts and feelings, no matter how silly or how serious. Fiona's voice rings true and offers all readers an opportunity to examine the meaning of true friendship. 2000, Harcourt, Ages 10 to 13, $15.00. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this sequel to The Top-Secret Journal of Fiona Claire Jardin (Harcourt, 1998), the 11-year-old and her younger brother, Sam, are adjusting to life in two households after their parents' divorce. The book begins on New Year's Day with Fiona, Sam, and Mom resolving to work on friendships throughout the year. However, this is just one of the many challenges the preteen faces: her favorite teacher moves away, her parents are both involved in new relationships, and her grandmother develops Alzheimer's. There's a little bit of mystery and romance, too. Personal dilemmas revolve around trying to figure out how to stay friendly with Natalie, who transfers to a private school; deciding whether wealthy Mackenzie Swanson is a friend or an enemy; and wondering if best bud, Blanca, will disown her if she doesn't go with her to Argentina this summer. Her biggest challenge, though, is deciding what to do when she discovers that a friend has anorexia. Cruise uses all these situations to create believable characters. Like Judy Blume, she tackles serious issues but provides many opportunities for laughter. A class project created by the students for their teacher gives an opportunity to weave poetry and imagination into the text. Preteen readers will love this book.-Linda L. Plevak, Alamo Area Library System, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
If readers haven't yet met the main character, they'll clamor for Cruise's first novel about her after reading this engaging book, written in journal-entry style. The first book (The Top-Secret Journal of Fiona Claire Jardini>, 1998) told of Fiona's coming to grips with her parents' divorce. In the new one, 11-year-old Fiona navigates the just-as-tricky waters of friendship. Over the course of a full year, those waters are sometimes rough, sometimes smooth, but always interesting, as Fiona wonders—often hilariously—about what makes a friend, how to be one, how to keep one, when not to keep one, and whether a "B-O-Y" can make the grade. She's still dealing with her parents' divorce, with their respective new relationships, and with younger brother Sam, but the thrust of the novel is the journey that bright, personable, capable, and precocious Fiona makes toward self-discovery. Readers will happily travel right along with her and are bound to pick up a pointer or two about their own friendships, including when it's okay to say no and still remain friends and how to assist a pal in need, as when Fiona is instrumental in getting much-needed help for an anorexic friend. This is a delightful, funny, sometimes poignant, on-target read. It's no wonder that Fiona's friends like her. So will kids. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152165727
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 7.49 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Cruise attended Middlebury College in Vermont and is now the deputy publisher of Harcourt Children's Books. She lives with her family in San Diego, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2005

    I hAtEd ThIs BoOk!!

    This book was so horrible. I had to read it for a class and it was so painstakingly boring. This is NOT how the preteen/teen thinks! She gives the preteen/teen girl almost a bad name. I am sorry that i wasted my time on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Excellent Book

    i loved this book! it was excellent and i could realate to the main charcecter alot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    Awesome!

    this book is excellent! I recommend it to young girls, if u like to read about girl things that is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    A Must Read!

    Fiona is almost like a girl that you know and that's the cool thing about! A must read for girls who are fom 10-13.

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