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Princess Ashley
     

Princess Ashley

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by Richard Peck
 

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A newcomer at Crestwood High, Chelsea is perfectly willing to view sophomore year from the sidelines. But she is stunned when out of the blue, beautiful, powerful Ashley Packard handpicks her as a member of the group, a magic circle in a school full of strangers.

Chelsea is charmed and amazed at her sudden insider status, and ignores her mother's warnings about

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A newcomer at Crestwood High, Chelsea is perfectly willing to view sophomore year from the sidelines. But she is stunned when out of the blue, beautiful, powerful Ashley Packard handpicks her as a member of the group, a magic circle in a school full of strangers.

Chelsea is charmed and amazed at her sudden insider status, and ignores her mother's warnings about Ashley and the world she rules.

But as senior year draws near, Chelsea becomes disillusioned with her role as follower. Can she stop Ashley's manipulations and avert the tragedy looming ahead?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up New girl in town Chelsea Olinger hopes to pass unnoticed through her sophomore year at Crestwood High. This proves impossible when wealthy, self-assured Ashley Packard singles Chelsea out as her friend. Flattered by the attention, Chelsea is soon immersed in Ashley's golden world, ignoring her mother's disapproval and even her own uneasy feelings. Only after a senseless tragedy occurs does Chelsea fully realize Ashley's true character and motives, as well as come to understand what friendship really means. The characters, both adult and adolescent, are expertly drawn and totally believable. Peck obviously knows how teenagers think and feel, and this insight enables him to bring his characters vibrantly to life. Especially compelling is Chelsea, a complex girl longing to fit in with the accepted group. Her offbeat friend Pod is a delightful blend of boyish enthusiasm and mature thoughtfulness. A sensitive and insightful view of teenage life that may cause readers to ponder their own search for identity, Peck's newest book is a must for both school and public library collections. Denise A. Anton, Corn Belt Library System, Normal, Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440202066
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/01/1988
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Peck has won almost every children’s fiction award, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Newbery Medal (for A Year Down Yonder), the Scott O’ Dell Award (for The River Between Us), and the Edgar (for Are You in the House Alone?), and he has twice been nominated for a National Book Award. He was the first children’s author to ever have been awarded a National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.

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Princess Ashley 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hardly anyone knows about this book. It's one of the best I've ever read. I first read it in junior high, and now I'm in college and I still enjoying reading it. The author writes from a startlingly true perspective of a teenager. This book isn't some nice story with a happy ending--it's gritty, and hard-hitting, and feels like it could happen in real life. Plus there are some great moral lessons in there for teens. I wholeheartedly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book was great and i loved it but there were some parts that weren't the greatest like the ending for example so predictable richard peck could have done a better job
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was a wonderfull book. It has conflicts yet not to many to make you mad. It is wonderful writing. You never want to put the book down!!!!!!!!~!~~