My New Best Friend

My New Best Friend

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by Julie Bowe
     
 

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There's a new girl in town! After Ida May’s last best friend moved away, she swore she’d never have another. But then she met fun, sparkly Stacey Merriweather, and now she and Ida are like two peas in a pod. When the friends discover a magical mermaid night-light that seems to grant wishes, they start a secret club—just the two of them.

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There's a new girl in town! After Ida May’s last best friend moved away, she swore she’d never have another. But then she met fun, sparkly Stacey Merriweather, and now she and Ida are like two peas in a pod. When the friends discover a magical mermaid night-light that seems to grant wishes, they start a secret club—just the two of them. Ida uses the mermaid to make something bad happen to Jenna, the mean girl in class. Then Stacey uses the mermaid to undo a scheduled math test. The more they put the mermaid's powers to use, the more they need to help it along by manipulating the truth with their "highly creative stories." Ida goes along with all the lies at first. But before long, Ida suspects that Stacey is using the mermaid to tell some big lies . . . and to cause some big trouble at home. And soon Ida feels caught between telling the truth and hurting friendship with Stacey. How will Ida set the record straight while still keeping her new best friend?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ann Farina
Ida and Stacey are best friends and nothing is more fun for them than being together. The girls are learning, though, that life does not always go your way. Well, that is true until one day, when they find a magical mermaid night-light. They build a shrine, plug it in, and the mermaid makes special things happen for the girls. The mermaid helps them deal with annoying Jenna at school and dad's new girlfriend. In the end, the girls learn that they cannot rely on an old night-light. They must rely on themselves. Third and fourth grade girls will connect with the realistic characters. The author most accurately captures the problems third and fourth grade girls experience with their best friends. Problems like jealousy, lying, peer pressure, and parents. The story will not appeal to most boys, since the biggest male character in the book is the fourth grade teacher. The length of the book and the meandering plot line will be intimidating to many average third and fourth grade readers. Even though the plot and complexity of the story may be relevant to older students, they may not want to read about fourth graders. Reviewer: Ann Farina
School Library Journal

Gr 3-4

Ida May returns in this sequel to My Last Best Friend (Harcourt, 2007). Her developing friendship with Stacey Merriweather and growing animosity toward Jenna Drews continue, but not without some bumps and insights along the way. Stacey and Ida discover an old mermaid night-light in Ida's attic. They decide that the lamp is magic, with the power to carry out good and bad wishes, and form a two-member Secret Mermaid Club. The mermaid has a pleasant smile until plugged in-then she exhibits a frightening grimace that makes Ida state, "her evil, glowing grin makes me pee my pants." Various family situations are well represented and lend credence to the characters' behaviors. Ida comes from a solid, two-parent family; Stacey's folks are divorced, and she lives with her mother, while her brother lives with their father; and Jenna's dad has recently lost his job, sending her family into a tailspin. Fourth-grade jealousies, problems, misbehavior, and consequences will be familiar to elementary school girls, who will enjoy this entry as much as the original.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
This delightful sequel to 2007's My Last Best Friend continues the story of fourth-grader Ida May, her growing friendship with Stacey and her rivalry with bully Jenna. While looking for costumes in her attic, Ida May and Stacey unearth a mermaid nightlight. Turned off, the mermaid has a pleasant smile; turned on, the smile turns into a scary, glowing grin. Stacey believes the lamp will cast evil spells like those in horror movies. They form the "Secret Mermaid Club," and Ida May directs the first spell at bossy Jenna. The two girls believe their spells actually work, but things become complicated when they need to lie to make Stacey's spells come true. Can Ida May straighten things out without endangering their friendship? The unexpected twist, with Ida May extending the hand of friendship to Jenna, is believable and satisfying. Bowe is spot-on with Ida May's feelings toward Stacey and her change-of-heart toward Jenna. Issues surrounding divorced households are handled realistically. Fans of Ida May will be overjoyed to read this new installment. (Fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547416342
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/12/2010
Series:
Friends for Keeps Series , #2
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
517,244
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

JULIE BOWE grew up in Luck, Wisconsin. Actually she grew up "out of Luck"--about a mile and half away. She is the author of the companion novel, My Last Best Friend, which is perfect "for readers who have graduated from sara Pennypacker's 'Clementine' stories, Barbara Park's 'Junie B. Jones' series, and Megan McDonald's 'Judy Moody' books," according to School Library Journal. She knows how to strum a guitar, play a really good game of foosball, and count to three in Danish (en, to, tre!). Plus, she has seen a real bog person, met Dr. Suess, and knows exactly what to do with an æbleskiver. She lives in Mondovi, Wisconsin.  
Julie Bowe grew up in Luck, Wisconsin. Actually, she grew up "out of Luck"-about a mile and a half. As a fourth grader, she basically hated math and sports, but she loved to read and draw, and hoped to be an artist some day. Today she still feels a distinct aversion to numbers and athletic equipment. But she still loves to read and likes to think that she makes pictures with her writing. She also still lives in Wisconsin.

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My New Best Friend 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book . I recommend this book for all ages .
MsRiveroGr3 More than 1 year ago
This book is about friends helping one another to keep friendships together so it won’t break apart. It also helps to not be mean (like bullying) and stand to one another so you will not be bullied. I recommend this book because it tells a story about helping keep friendships together. Also, not to be bullied and respect one another and not to bully one and other. Readers that like books about friendship might like this book because it shows how to gather more friends instead of bullying each other. -Ashleigh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing i love that every charectr got closer to each other
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. I am so reading the third.
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This is a really god book my friend read the book too. It is a book for girls from 10-13. Ps my friend read it because i told her that it was a really good book and that i read it in about like 4 days!!!!! READ IT COME ON!!! Its AWESOME
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CallandText More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book that is excelent for kids of all ages! Its funnynand ttells a good story anoult friendship, lies?and a magical mermaid. This book is the sequel to the 1st book, My last best friend. Both books are very good and would recomend them to anyone!! =]
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