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When the fearless Zoe breaks her arm in a fall, Anna must brave summer camp -- and her debut as a Counselor In Training -- without her best friend. Going it alone is not something Anna is ready for. Cruising along in Zoe's shadow had been comfortable, but now Anna is out in the full glare of the sun. There's no hiding from harsh truths and plenty of people to point them out. Take Karim, the swim instructor, who has suddenly turned gorgeous but obviously hates Anna. And Anna's new friend and cabinmate Isabel -- ...
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When the fearless Zoe breaks her arm in a fall, Anna must brave summer camp -- and her debut as a Counselor In Training -- without her best friend. Going it alone is not something Anna is ready for. Cruising along in Zoe's shadow had been comfortable, but now Anna is out in the full glare of the sun. There's no hiding from harsh truths and plenty of people to point them out. Take Karim, the swim instructor, who has suddenly turned gorgeous but obviously hates Anna. And Anna's new friend and cabinmate Isabel -- rainbow hair, sharp tongue and no boundaries. Sooner or later Anna will have to face another hard truth: things have changed between her and Zoe and there's no going back into the shadows. But where can Anna hide when just being herself isn't nearly enough?
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Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
A stylish writer with easygoing wit ... Aside from being an enjoyable read, this may cause similarly self-underestimating readers to reconsider their own strengths -- a good thing indeed.
Children's Literature
What starts as a miserable summer for Anna, actually serves as a period of personal growth and reflection. Zoe, her best friend, breaks her arm prior to attending summer camp. Anna is then left to make an identity for herself and find out what she really wants out of her life. Along the way, she meets new people like Isabel, her cabin mate who can not swim, and Karim, the swimming instructor who pays no attention to Anna. Like many girls, Anna is filled with all the trepidations, insecurities, and questions that abound in teenage life. The author's voice truly reflects adolescent girls in the portrayal of the parents and the other daily events in the life of a teenage girl. Adolescent girls will enjoy reading this book and there will be abundant text-to-self connections made—especially with regard to the central question: What will happen to Anna's close friendship with Zoe? 2005, Kids Can Press, $ 16.95. Ages 12 up.
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School Library Journal
Gr 8-10-The sunny expectations of a counselor-in-training at her childhood camp on a Canadian island become overcast when teen Anna's best buddy, Zoe, can't make the trip. In years past, Anna had traveled the path of least resistance, the one right behind Zoe; but now her experiences give her new strength and insight. Venturing forth on her own, she meets Isabel, an enigma with rainbow-colored hair, whose blunt approach to life doesn't fit in with perfectionist Jennifer's ambitions for their cabin to be the best at all costs. She befriends Isabel, assists the cute but infuriating swim coach, and helps a struggling young camper. Then Zoe shows up, throwing Anna's world out of balance, as she faces a test of character, and friendship. Friesen sketches three-dimensional secondary characters with problems, flaws, and their own unique wisdom. Dialogue is conversational and realistic; plot is reasonably structured if somewhat predictable. Many readers will identify with at least one of the characters and enjoy reading about their challenges. The theme of identity and maturing friendships is worthy of exploration.-Suzanne Gordon, Richards Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Dialogue is conversational and realistic... The theme of identity and maturing friendships is worthy of exploration.

A stylish writer with easygoing wit ... Aside from being an enjoyable read, this may cause similarly self-underestimating readers to reconsider their own strengths -- a good thing indeed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553377375
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayle Friesen's previous novels Janey's Girl and Men of Stone have both garnered critical praise. She lives in Delta, British Columbia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    SUCH A GREAT BOOK!!!!

    I really enjoyed reading this book! it had such good detail, and it really got to the point. I love reading books that are about friendship. And I love the way Gayle Friesen wrote it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    eh

    I didn't really like this book. I thought it would be way more descriptive about camp and stuff, but it just tells about Anna's problems. It was also kind of boring, while I was reading it I found myself thinking about other things

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    A must read for anybody!!

    I LUVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!! NOT ONLY WAS THE PLOT INTERESTING IT NEVER GOT BORING!! I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYBODY WHO LUVES A GOOD BOOK TO READ OVER THE SUMMER!!

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