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Scandals, Rumors, Lies (Canterwood Crest Series #11)
     

Scandals, Rumors, Lies (Canterwood Crest Series #11)

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by Jessica Burkhart
 

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In the next two installments of the four-book arc that began with City Secrets, the tide has turned at the elite Canterwood Crest Academy….Will Sasha Silver dethrone Heather Fox and become the school’s Queen Bee? Packed with BFF scandal, lying roommates, secrets between teammates, and more, these are two of the most dramatic Canterwood books ever!

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In the next two installments of the four-book arc that began with City Secrets, the tide has turned at the elite Canterwood Crest Academy….Will Sasha Silver dethrone Heather Fox and become the school’s Queen Bee? Packed with BFF scandal, lying roommates, secrets between teammates, and more, these are two of the most dramatic Canterwood books ever!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
The title of this book is very appropriate. The story is set at the prestigious Canterwood Crest Academy. Canterwood Crest is an East Coast boarding school that is well known for its academics and its top notch equestrian program. Sasha Silver is an eighth grade student who has just moved out of her former best friend's room and is now boarding with a girl named Brit. The reason for the room change involves Jacob, a boy Sasha was seen kissing. The scandal? At the time of the kiss Sasha was dating a boy named Eric and Jacob was dating a girl named Callie. Sasha is just becoming comfortable facing her classmates and the elite group of girls known as the "Trio" when a mysterious and anonymous blogger begins posting accusatory comments about some of the popular kids at Canterwood Crest. Add to this drama the intense competition for a spot on the Youth Equestrian National Team, and the results are an entertaining and quick-paced story that reads like a tabloid magazine article. This book will particularly appeal to young teenage girls who dream of being like the popular girls in the story. It is the eleventh book in the "Canterwood Crest" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442403857
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Series:
Canterwood Crest Series , #11
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
346,920
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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1 DECISIONS, DECISIONS

ONE BOX TO GO.

I kneeled in front of a cardboard box that I’d shoved in the corner of Brit’s—well, our—room. It was the only box left to open after I’d moved into Orchard Hall two weeks ago. I stared at the scissors in my hand, clenching them and waiting for the chest crush to come when I thought about how I’d moved out of my old room. The space I’d shared with my ex(?)–best friend and roommate, Paige Parker.

But, instead, the sadness was only a twinge. Fourteen days wasn’t enough for us to even begin to reevaluate our friendship, but it was enough to allow me to realize that I liked living with Brit.

And I was ready to unpack the last box and make this room completely mine, too.

I slid the scissors along the tape at the top of the box and pulled out summer clothes that I hadn’t needed to unpack right away since it was mid-October. The tank tops, shorts, and T-shirts fit into the top drawer that Brit had cleared out for me in our dark wooden dresser. I slid the drawer closed and stood back, hands on my hips, surveying the room as mine for the first time since I’d moved in.

The room was bigger than my old one and had glossy hardwood floors, a whiteboard with notes written in neon-colored markers, and soft cream-colored eyelet curtains that swayed gently in the breeze through the slightly open windows. Above the window panes, Brit had twinkly star-shaped lights that made the coziest shadows at night. My feet sank into the pink plush carpet and I sat down on my desk chair.

A key turned in the doorknob and Brit, carrying a FedEx box, stepped inside. She looked every inch runway-ready in her tall black boots with skinny jeans tucked into them and a ribbed, plum-colored V-neck sweater. She may have looked it, but Brit wasn’t from New York City like many of the students at Canterwood Crest—she was a small-town girl like me. A fact that had definitely fast-tracked our bond.

“Hey, Sash,” she said. Her smile brightened her almond-shaped eyes when she looked at me. Her glossy, long black hair was in a side braid.

“Hey, looks like you got the box you were waiting for,” I said.

“Yep!” Brit put the box on the floor, nodding. “My parents got us Halloween decorations for our room. Stephanie had them in her office and I almost ripped the box out of her hands.”

I laughed, pulling my light brown hair into a loose ponytail. “Halloween is our favorite holiday.”

“And hello—it’s in two weeks!” Brit brushed her bangs out of her eyes. “Since it is a Sunday and all of our homework is done, want to decorate?”

“Hmmm …” I pretended to think about it. “Yes!”

Brit and I kneeled on the floor beside the box and she sliced it open. She pulled out a layer of black and orange tissue paper. Plastic spider confetti sprinkled onto the carpet and we giggled. A note was under the layer of paper.

Brit—Happy Halloween! Dad and I hope you and your new roommate like the decorations. We miss you! Xoxo, Mom and Dad

“Let’s see what we’ve got,” Brit said. She reached into the box and started handing me items. There was a giant cardboard cutout skeleton to hang on our door, a set of plastic tombstones with funny names like “Barry A. Live,” “Reed N. Weep,” and “Otta B. Alive.” There were two pairs of fake wax fangs and a giant bagful of mixed gum and candy bars. I wanted to dive into the orange M&M’s immediately.

Brit handed me a giant rubber spider with an orange sticker that said SQUEEZE ME! on its stomach. I did, making it squeak. Brit and I laughed. I looked at the spider, unable to either stop the flashbacks to last Halloween or stop thinking about how different things were now. Last year, Callie, my ex-BFF, and I had been dressing miniature horses up in costumes for a charity auction. Paige, my other BFF, and I had spent days leading up to Halloween watching funny-slash-scaryish (read: no blood!) Halloween movies and eating a ton of candy corn. This year, well, Callie hadn’t been a part of my life for a while and that had been painful enough. But now, with the possibility of losing Paige completely, there were moments when I didn’t know what to do. But having Brit definitely made things easier.

“Sash, isn’t this cool?” Brit handed me a sheet of vinyl window decals. They had jack-o’-lanterns with different faces—some creepy, some silly—plus bats, ghosts, black cats, and a few stars.

“These are so fun. They’re going to look great.”

Brit got up and plugged in a pumpkin that looked real. She pushed a button on the cord and a warm glow came out of its eyes, mouth, and nose. It looked perfect on our small end table.

“Love it,” I said. “I’m going to start the window clings.”

I took a sheet from Brit and pulled up the blinds, letting sunshine filter through the glass. Standing back, I stared at the window, deciding where to place each cling. This was obviously very serious. A laughing ghost fit at the corner of the window, angled and looking just right.

Brit and I spent another hour arranging the decorations exactly as we wanted them. We laughed and chatted the entire time as if we’d been BFFs our whole lives. Some days, I’d questioned the decision to move out of my room with Paige and there had been nights that I’d been awake for hours wondering if I’d made the right decision. But now, looking over at Brit and feeling comfortable and stress-free in my own space, I knew I’d made the right decision.

“And I think we’re done,” Brit said. She stepped back and surveyed the room, hands on her hips.

“I think you’re right!”

The room was spectacularly spooky with orange, black, and silver in every corner.

I stood, a slight chill making me shiver, and thought about how different this Halloween was going to be from last year.

© 2010 Jessica Burkhart

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Meet the Author

Jessica Burkhart (a.k.a. Jessica Ashley) is the author of the Unicorn Magic and Canterwood Crest series, which you can learn more about at CanterwoodCrest.com. She is a former equestrian who writes from her apartment in Tennessee. (It’s not the size of Crystal Castle, but Jess tries to decorate like a princess!) Jess’s aura would be hot pink and she loves glittery things. If she had a unicorn, it would be named Sparkle. Visit Jess at JessicaBurkhart.com.

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Scandals, Rumors, Lies (Canterwood Crest Series #11) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is especially good for people that love, or ride horses. The first book in the series I got as a gift, but after the first chapter I couldn't stop reading them. Most horse books are inaccurate and some aren't worth reading, but if your looking for horse books that still pack the drama, these are the books for you. Overall a great series, a must read for sure!
TheGirlWhoYouDontKnow More than 1 year ago
I love Jessica's books. I think this one is gonna be really good, just like the rest of the series. I was heartbroken when Eric broke up with Sasha! And when she moved out of Paige's Place! I just could. not. believe. it! This is the next book for me :) I miss you Eric, but I'm happy Sasha and Jacob FINALLY have a chance of being together! LOVE the CCA Drama!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look at white lies for info
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love the series!!! Canterwood Crest rocks! There is only one thing i am confused about. Is trix black or bay? It keeps alternating. "The BAY mare" and "the beautiful BLACK mare". which one?!?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these seires! I can not stop reading. These books are great for people from 9-15. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Jessica Burkhart is a great author. She makes Canterwood seem so real. I kind of wish it was real so I could go there. I love horses so this series is a great one for me. Canterwood Crest books are full of drama. I love them so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best in the series!!!
John DeIorio More than 1 year ago
OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK
horseluver05 More than 1 year ago
this book is super good and i recommend this book to middleschool students with a love of horses!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have many horses, and most horse books I read aren't worth the time. This one is so different! It makes me feel great, especially because of the fact I have horses, so I can understand everything in this series, and really relate to it! READ THE SERIES IF YOU LOVE HORSES, DRAMA, AND GREAT STORIES=}
ItsTheBookworm More than 1 year ago
This is the best horse/teen series I've read. This made me want to go to boarding school. Can't wait a few more days until #12. Read this series.
Dawn Jackson More than 1 year ago
this book is great and this series is good for everyone
Savannah Jenne More than 1 year ago
this book is good for anyone, even if they don't like horses
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love and ride horses
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jey there again what are you doing? You are so a hartervand i looovveee this sreis except the brand names. R They alo seem to shop at pottery barn teen and they are stuck up. Posted by lauren towers
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