Spoiled Rotten

Spoiled Rotten

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by Dayle Campbell Gaetz
     
 

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Jessica loves her yearly backpacking trip with her father, but this year everything has changed. This year Jessica has to share her vacation with her new stepmother and her spoiled new stepsister, Amy. Jessica tries to salvage her holiday by sneaking off for a day hike alone, but Amy follows. Jessica is certain that Amy will ruin the day. Amy rises to the challenge of

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Jessica loves her yearly backpacking trip with her father, but this year everything has changed. This year Jessica has to share her vacation with her new stepmother and her spoiled new stepsister, Amy. Jessica tries to salvage her holiday by sneaking off for a day hike alone, but Amy follows. Jessica is certain that Amy will ruin the day. Amy rises to the challenge of the rigourous hike and Jessica learns that Amy is not as spoiled as she thought. When Amy is injured and night falls, Jessica must face the challenge of hiking through bear country in the dark.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"The conclusion is dramatic, but not overly so, and the emotional resolution rings very true. Spoiled Rotten is an excellent, action-packed read that would work well for a reluctant reader. It takes its place alongside the other excellent titles in this series."
Children's Literature
She is a spoiled brat. Since Jessica's mom passed, every year she and her dad would go on a hiking trip by themselves. This year, with Patti in the picture, it changes. Dad has a girlfriend and Jessica is not about to call her mom. To make matters worse, Patti's daughter, Amy, has to mess everything up. During the summer, they all go on a boat trip together for three weeks. About the same age, Amy and Jessica have to endure each other. Amy throws a fit when Jessica and her dad plan a hike by themselves. He backs out to make peace. Then, Jessica decides to live dangerously and allows Amy to go secretly on the hiking trip with her. Jessica knows that Amy will not be able to handle their outing, but she is trying to make an important point about family and her dad. When Amy gets hurt, Jessica sees her as more than a spoiled brat. Does this trip unite them? Will they find their way home? This story deals with divorce, death, the outdoors, family, and friendship. 2005, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kelly Grebinoski

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551434742
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
744,915
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
HL540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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I landed heavily on the rough wood of the dock. Somehow I tripped over the rope in my hand and fell sideways. But I never let go of that rope. I scrambled to my feet and eased the boat against the dock. Dad stepped off to tie the stern rope while I tied the bow. I waited for him to say, "Nice work," or "Well done," or maybe, "Sorry I yelled at you," but he didn't even look my way. He patted the pockets of his shorts. "Anyone seen my wallet?" he asked.

Amy appeared from nowhere. "I'll get it, Dad," she said and disappeared into the cabin.

I stared after her. Dad? Since when was he her dad? This kid wanted everything that was mine.

Meet the Author

Dayle Campbell Gaetz has worked as a creative-writing instructor, book editor and columnist but now devotes her time to her own writing. Gaetz is the author of over twenty books for young people and adults. Gaetz grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, and now lives in Campbell River. For more information, visit www.daylegaetz.com.

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Spoiled Rotten 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many people lose their parents at such a young age that when i found out dayle campbelle wrote a cinderella story in reality, I knew i would love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it!!! This happened to one of my friends and yeah u should totally read it!!!!i think people that have stepdads or stepmoms should read this!!!! Hyper!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jessica is a whiny, pathetic girl. There is a 1/50 chance she would have met a bear, survived with it touching only her shoe, and with food trace on it. This book was pooely written and did not have an interesting plot to keep me awake. The only reason I finished this book was because I need to finish every book I read. Id rate this a .1.