Heart To Heart

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After a lonely time in the fifth grade, Tess Thomas dreads the beginning of the next school year. Then the exclusive Coronado Club invites her to join. She thinks she'll do anything to belong--until she finds out just how much is required. How far is too far to keep a friend? When does belonging cost more than you should pay? How can there be a God when bad things happen? In the end, Tess develops an unexpected friendship that results in a pact between the two to become Secret ...
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Overview

After a lonely time in the fifth grade, Tess Thomas dreads the beginning of the next school year. Then the exclusive Coronado Club invites her to join. She thinks she'll do anything to belong--until she finds out just how much is required. How far is too far to keep a friend? When does belonging cost more than you should pay? How can there be a God when bad things happen? In the end, Tess develops an unexpected friendship that results in a pact between the two to become Secret Sisters.

When best friends Tess and Colleen are assigned to different sixth grade classes, Tess wants to do anything to fit into Colleen's new group--until she finds out just what "anything" means.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Byrd launches a new middle-grade series with this chipper novel. Tess can't hide her disappointment when her best friend Colleen is assigned to a different sixth grade classroom. Tess worries that she won't have anyone to talk to and will have to eat lunch alone. But when Colleen challenges Tess to prove herself in front of the "in crowd," Tess wonders what she ever saw in her so-called friend. Before long, Tess forms a new friendship with Erin, someone nice and caring who wants to be her Secret Sister. Tess also discovers that prayer (even just a simple one now and then) is helping her to become a stronger person, one who makes the right decision no matter what the "in crowd" does. Byrd's debut moves along at a swift pace, spurring young readers on through Tess's real-life problems at home and at school. In Tess, she has created a truly likable protagonist who has her share of everyday worries but is learning to face them with more and more confidence. While Byrd focuses on her character's moral dilemmas, she mentions God and prayer judiciously, making this title accessible to a wider audience. Activity pages at the end and a "best friends" charm complete the package. Ages 8-12. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Tess Thomas anxiously waits to see if she is in the same sixth-grade class as her popular best friend, Colleen. Tess is still unsure of herself, having recently moved to Arizona. When she discovers that she is not in her friend's class and that Colleen's previous best friend, Lauren, is back from summer vacation, her problems begin. Tess desperately wants to be a part of the in-crowd, but the initiation involves being cruel to the class outcast, Marcia Porcetti. A new friend, Erin, helps Tess clarify her values and find her true "secret sister." This first installment in the series has no surprises or tension. Readers know that Tess will not trip Marcia in the lunch room in front of the entire school and they know that she will discover who her real friends are. Characterizations are stereotypical. Colleen and Lauren could step out of any middle-grade series. Where the book succeeds is in the portrayal of Erin's family and the way in which their everyday lives reflect their Christian beliefs. The introduction of religion is natural and almost seamless. Tess gradually accepts God's place in her life and works out her confusion in a believable way. A flawed but not totally unsuccessful effort.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578560158
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Series: Secret Sisters Series
  • Edition description: BK&ACCES
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 114
  • Sales rank: 1,462,129
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.27 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 5.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Like Tess, author Sandra Byrd grew up in Arizona and loves eating LemonHeads. She also has best friends who are like sisters to her. Sandra lives in Oregon with her husband and two young children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    A Great Book for Best Friends

    Heart to Heart kicks off the awesome Secret Sisters series. Tess and Erin become two really good friends, Secret Sisters, even! They're everything sisters should be, to each other. This book, and the others in the series, share God's message of love for everyone.

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