Heart and Salsa (S.A.S.S. Series)

Heart and Salsa (S.A.S.S. Series)

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by Suzanne Nelson
     
 

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Cat Wilcox has left chilly Boston for sunny Mexico and a summer of girl bonding with her best friend, Sabrina. But Sabrina has a surprise. She is accompanied by her boyfriend—a boyfriend Cat didn’t even know existed. So rather than Sabrina and Cat spending their study-abroad semester working together at the orphan school building site, Cat expects

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Cat Wilcox has left chilly Boston for sunny Mexico and a summer of girl bonding with her best friend, Sabrina. But Sabrina has a surprise. She is accompanied by her boyfriend—a boyfriend Cat didn’t even know existed. So rather than Sabrina and Cat spending their study-abroad semester working together at the orphan school building site, Cat expects she’ll be hammering nails all by her lonesome. Then she meets Aidan. He’s cute, he’s smart, and he’s paying her a lot of attention. Cat can’t tell if he’s flirting or friendly, but she’s not sure it matters. Isn’t it easier to be just friends? But this is enchanted Mexico and, between hiking in the rain forest, diving off waterfalls, and finishing the orphan center, it’s going to take a little bit of salsa spirit, and a lot of heart, for Cat to make it through the summer unchanged.

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Children's Literature - Rachel Sparks
Cat Wilcox decides to spend the summer with her best friend, Sabrina, in sunny Oaxaca, Mexico, after her parents divorce and force her to move to Boston with her mom and stepdad. Cat has high expectations for her summer in the Helping Hands Study Abroad Program where she and the team will be building a school for the local orphanage. But things don't turn out quite as Cat planned when she discovers Sabrina's new obsession for her boyfriend, a mean host sister, and a confusing crush on Aiden, a guy from Manhattan. Through new experiences, hard work, and close friends, Cat learns how to be happy with her new family and rediscovers her passion for competitive diving. At the end of the summer, Cat's life is far richer than it was at the beginning. She has a new appreciation for and perspective on life, a rekindled friendship with Sabrina, and a new boyfriend in Aiden. Throughout the text, the reader gains considerable knowledge of Oaxacan culture and history that is balanced against the culture and history of the United States. Through Cat's journey, female readers struggling with parental divorce, conflicts with friends, trouble with boys, or moving away learn that things will eventually work out in the end if they keep an open mind. Though Nelson writes well, she does use modern slang to make the novel more appealing to her readers. Part of the "Students Across the Seven Seas (SASS)" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Cat's mother has remarried, forcing her family to move from Scottsdale, AZ, to Boston, where the teen can't seem to make connections. She hates the weather, she refuses to resume her old sport of diving, and her friends are dropping off the map. Then her best friend, Sabrina, offers up a summer trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, for Spanish credit, and Cat jumps at the chance to get away. Once they arrive, however, Sabrina surprises her by having a boyfriend along, preventing the girls from finding those much-needed moments for reconnection. Refusing to let this get in her way, Cat makes new friends, absorbs the environment around her, takes in the cultural studies, and gets to know her host family. In branching out, she also realizes that things in Boston aren't nearly as toxic as she originally thought. She returns home with a new perspective and a more positive attitude. At times the characters seem cardboard and their actions forced, but overall this is appropriate light summer reading for the chick-lit crowd.-Emily Garrett, Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781417750856
Publisher:
San Val
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
S.A.S.S. Series
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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