Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club

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No one at school had ever thought up a club like this. All you had to do to be in it is answer some questions and share them with the rest of the club. Questions like: What is your favorite salad dressing? Who is your BFF? What was your most embarrassing moment? Kiley, T.J., Josh, and Anne each have a different motivation: one wants to fit in, one wants revenge, one has something to hide, and one is dying to find out another's secret. Told in four different viewpoints, this funny, touching novel explores ...
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No one at school had ever thought up a club like this. All you had to do to be in it is answer some questions and share them with the rest of the club. Questions like: What is your favorite salad dressing? Who is your BFF? What was your most embarrassing moment? Kiley, T.J., Josh, and Anne each have a different motivation: one wants to fit in, one wants revenge, one has something to hide, and one is dying to find out another's secret. Told in four different viewpoints, this funny, touching novel explores friendship, social pressures, bullying, and other the other anxieties of kids everywhere--boys and girls alike.
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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Kiley wanted to know the answer to one question: Did T.J. really like her? How best to find out? Start a Tell-All Club, and since she is the most popular girl in 6th grade, most of the kids will want to join. She begins her questions innocently enough. What is your favorite salad dressing, color, TV show, pizza topping, and so forth, and works up to the all-important question #50: "Who do you like? (Really like, not just as a friend like)." Each of her closest friends has a reason to join the club and find out the others' secrets. Anne, the new girl wants to be liked; Josh, in the shadow of a bully brother, wants to fit in, and T.J. never wants to go away from home overnight for fear another personal tragedy will occur. Tensions and suspicions mount as the friends begin to fit together pieces of information that is often misinterpreted. Everything comes to a head at a school-sponsored overnight camping trip, where the kids come clean, clear the air and learn the value of true friendship. With the story told from four points of view, the reader gets to be in on the secrets as this novel of preteen angst unwinds. It addresses the universal issues of bullying, friendship, and popularity in a light casual tone that will appeal to middle schoolers. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—When Kiley decides to start a club, she really has ulterior motives—she wants to know if fellow fifth grader T.J. likes her. She puts together a questionnaire for kids who want to join, asking innocuous questions such as, "What is your favorite salad dressing?" and "What is your favorite color?," just so #50 won't seem so obvious, "Who do you like? (REALLY like, not just as a friend kind of like)." Her plan backfires when Anne, mad at Josh, writes nasty things about him, and Josh's brother types that Josh likes Anne and hits send on the computer, and T.J. seems to like someone mysterious named Katie. The result is hurt feelings and misunderstandings galore. It is during the fifth-grade outdoor-recreation camp that all unravels and the true motives of Kiley's club are revealed. T.J., afraid that his pet rat, Katie, will die if he leaves her home, brings her to camp and she escapes. The ensuing search for her brings the friends back together, as they begin to mature and see their own personal strengths in the process. Told in the four voices of the club members, the story shows the characters' insecurities and the family issues they face. Reluctant readers will find it fast paced, easy to follow, and populated with likable personalities.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Picture-book author Stier (If I Ran for President, illustrated by Lynne Avril, 2007, etc.) transitions to tween novels with this savvy expose of the perils of clandestine groups. When Kiley forms an exclusive new club, she invites select fellow fifth graders, who must complete her survey in order to belong. However, misunderstandings abound when she shares the results among the members. The novel is organized so that individual perspectives are revealed through brief, alternating chapters in part one, while in the latter half of the novel, the characters' voices are combined. The author's inclusion of male and female protagonists makes this tale accessible to audiences of both genders. While the characters initially seem to embody trite stereotypes-the jock, the troublemaker, the queen bee and the perfect girl-readers quickly discover the deeper emotions that motivate each individual. The author deftly addresses the high-interest topics for fledgling teens as her characters struggle to cope with such universal issues as peer pressure, handling bullies and the true nature of friendship. (Fiction. 9-13)
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"Reluctant readers will find it fast paced, easy to follow, and populated with likable personalities." School Library Journal

"The author deftly addresses the high-interest topics for fledgling teens as her characters struggle to cope with such universal issues as peer pressure, handling bullies and the true nature of friendship." Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807577981
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Catherine Stier has worked as a professional writer for more than 15 years, and has previously published hundreds of works including articles, stories and projects, with more than 25 articles appearing in Woman's Day. Her work has appeared in several magazines including Woman's World, Chicago Parent, and Highlights for Children; newspapers including The Chicago Sun-Times and The San Antonio Express-News. She has taught continuing education writing classes for both children and adults at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois and has facilitated a Teen Writing Club at a local library. In 2008, Stier relocated to Southwest Texas where she now resides with her husband and two children.
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