Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThis is the first book in the Kids from Kennedy Middle School series, although the school appeared previously in the well-received The Winning of Miss Lynn Ryan. Robin is uncomfortable with many aspects of being Veronica's best friend, but she knows that being her enemy would be much worse. So she goes along with Veronica's new club, the elitist Awesome Kennedy Girls, even though she is not sure she should, and even though club rules demand obedience to the leader. When Veronica discovers that she and Robin like the same boy, Robin's worst fears are realizedshe's forced out of the club, and is friendless and isolated for the first time in her life. With the help of her parents and a new friend, Robin finds that she doesn't need Veronica after all. The pacing is good and the dialogue snappy, but none of the characters rise above convention, particularly Robin and Veronica. The so-called cause of Veronica's nastinessdivorced parents, absent motheris stereotypical and heavy-handed. Perhaps the well-worn plot is to blame, for the unique compassion and understanding found in The Winning of Miss Lynn Ryan is sorely missed here. Ages 9-12. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6 Although she is aware of her best friend Veronica's flaws, Robin helps her establish a secret club, the AKGs (for Awesome Kennedy Girls). When Veronica and Robin have a falling out over a boy they both like, the AKGs see to it that Robin is ostracized by all of the sixth-grade girls. With some help from understanding parents, Robin finds activities to fill her time until Veronica is dethroned and the AKGs dissolved. Cooper captures well the pain of the kids' cruelty to one another and their changing loyalties. However, Veronica is so disagreeable that is is hard to believe she could dominate the rest of the girls so completely. While Robin talks about her friend having good qualities, Cooper never shows any of Veronica's strengthsbut then, Kennedy Middle School is located somewhere near Sweet Valley. This new series should appeal to the fans of ``Sweet Valley Twins'' (Bantam), providing better written light entertainment. Li Stark, North Castle Public Library, Armonk, N.Y.
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