...lives up to its predecessors by again blending humor with depth...eminently readable...a story strong in plot and memorable characters while offering powerful insights...
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this third book in the series, A Snitch in the Snob Squad by Julie Anne Peters, several thefts at school have 12-year-old Jenny and the other members of the Snob Squad scrambling to discover who's behind them. Their friend Max is a prime suspect, but they believe that the principal's daughter may be the culprit. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Is a member of the Snob Squad a thief? Could Max, the most downtrodden of the group, be paying for her new stereo with money stolen from teachers? Is Abby, the annoying daughter of the school principal, funding her trips to the mall with her ill-gotten gains? The members of the misfit social group is back, and this time they tackle the problems of loyalty and thievery as they attempt to find out who is stealing money from teachers during school. The members of the Squad begin to suspect one another, and things turn from bad to worse when Jen goes so far as to accuse her new boyfriend, Kevin, of the thefts. Will Lucy be able to mend the relationships and still discover who the thief is before their friendships and love lives are destroyed forever? Peters again brings the dark comedy of the Snob Squad to her readers, this time focusing on friendship and loyalty. The bully theme is present, but it is not as important as it has been in previous books. Middle level girls who enjoy Peters's work will want to continue reading the adventures of the four misfits. Jen, the narrator, is as caustic as ever as she views life from the fat side. Issues that are important to young people this age are dealt with realistically, and although there is not a true happy ending, readers see the girls continuing to change and grow together as friends and supporters. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2001, Little Brown, 196p, . Ages 12 to 14. Reviewer: Lynn Evarts SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-The sixth-grade Snob Squad girls continue their friendship in this third book in the series. This story has more serious overtones than the earlier ones as Jenny describes how she and her three friends not only try to foil their archenemy Ashley, the principal's daughter, but also try to discover who has been stealing from their teachers. When Ashley deliberately ruins Lydia's history project, the girls attempt to get even. They blame the thefts on Ashley-after all, she has a big purse that she will not let anyone touch. However, the evidence points to others as well. All four Snob Squadders had a chance to take the money, as did two of their boyfriends. As each girl becomes suspect, their loyalty begins to disintegrate, and they turn on one another. No background is given about the main characters as individuals, their problems, or their home lives; it is assumed that readers have read the earlier books. Most of the characters are unlikable, including the four Snob Squad members, the unfair principal, the ineffectual teacher, and Jenny's squabbling parents. One must wonder why anyone would want to spend much time with these people.-Janet Hilbun, formerly at Sam Houston Middle School, Garland, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
Praise for A Snitch in the Snob Squad:
"Peters again brings the dark comedy of the Snob Squad to her readers, this time focusing on friendship and loyalty." - VOYA"
Readers will enjoy the entertaining mystery about the theft and the cover-up and appreciate the honesty as Jenny wrestles with issues of friendship, guilt, and loyalty." - Booklist"
Lives up to its predecessors by again blending humor with depth...eminently readable." - Kirkus