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.
In this novel by Gayle Friesen, by turns hilarious and touching, a summer at camp changes everything -- and a young woman learns to be herself.
From the PublisherDialogue is conversational and realistic... The theme of identity and maturing friendships is worthy of exploration.
Children's LiteratureWhat 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 madeespecially 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.
School Library JournalGr 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.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s BooksA 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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