Unfriendly Competition (Canterwood Crest Series #12)
  • Unfriendly Competition (Canterwood Crest Series #12)
  • Unfriendly Competition (Canterwood Crest Series #12)

Unfriendly Competition (Canterwood Crest Series #12)

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by Jessica Burkhart

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This is the final book of the Canterwood Crest books starring Sasha Silver. Though the series will continue, there will be a new main character to narrate the series!  See more details below


This is the final book of the Canterwood Crest books starring Sasha Silver. Though the series will continue, there will be a new main character to narrate the series!

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Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Sasha Silver is an eighth grader at the elite Canterwood Academy where she has made the Young Equestrian National Team. As a member of that select group, she is also part of the popular crowd, headed by Heather and including Allison, Brit, and Julia. But all is not well and recently there have been posts on a Canterwood blog that is mean spirited. In fact, the headmistress has put forth the edict that unless the perpetrator is found, there will be dire consequences. In the meantime, Sasha is developing a relationship with Jacob, one of the most popular boys on campus. Sasha's riding lessons are interrupted by a fall their instructor takes, a fall that requires them each to step up to the challenge and to put the good of the team ahead of any individual gains. However, Sasha's confidence is shaken by the sudden appearance of one of the girls from Briar Wood, her previous school as she sees Lauren as a threat to her position on the YENT. It is only through the events surrounding Heather's birthday party and wise words from Jacob and Brit, that Sasha is able to take a good look at how friendship and sportsmanship are not mutually exclusive. As the girls ride for the Huntington Classic, Sasha steps up into her new position and finally feels that she belongs. The novel certainly moves the series to its next level and Sasha is a character that mirrors the issues faced by young teens on and off horseback. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson

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Canterwood Crest Series , #12
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“WILL THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS PLEASE report to the headmistress’ office: Heather Fox, Alison Robb, Julia Myer, and Sasha Silver."

The loudspeaker silenced and I jerked up my head. Why was I being called to the office? My palms instantly started to sweat and my pink, sparkly Bic pen became slick in my fingers as I kept scribbling in my math notebook, hoping I’d imagined the announcement.

"Sasha, go ahead," Ms. Utz said. "I’ll be sure one of your classmates fills you in about the weekend’s homework."

Um, guess not.

"I’ll get your homework," Brit whispered, leaning toward me. Her almond-shaped eyes were framed by nervous, pushed-together eyebrows, but I could tell she was trying to hide her worry. Probably to help me from getting more scared than I already was. " Text me when you’re out of Drake’s office—I know you’ll be fine."

I nodded, gathering my notebook, pen, textbook, and butter-soft brown messenger bag that I’d borrowed from Brit. As my BFF and roomie, she had calmed me a little.

But note: only a little.

I slung my bag over my shoulder, stepping around desks, and walked out of the math classroom, closing the door behind me. The second I got outside, my phone buzzed.

It was a BlackBerry Messenger conversation. And Alison, Julia, and Heather were already talking. The Trio wasn’t wasting a second dissecting the sitch before we got to Headmistress Drake’s. I opened the talk.

Alison Robb:

Why r we being called?

Julia Myer:

Who knows. We didn’t do ANYTHING. Don’t worry. Heather Fox:

’Course we didn’t. Silver? Where r u? Were u wearing earplugs when the impossibly-loud announcement was made?

Geez! I started typing.

Sasha Silver:

I heard it, H. I’m in math and on the way 2 the admin bldg. Where r u guys? Wanna meet up and go 2gether?

Heather Fox:

We def should. Let’s all meet at the courtyard ASAP.

Alison Robb:

K. Glad 2 go w u guys. Nervous.

Julia Myer:

I closed the conversation and shoved my cotton-candy-pink BlackBerry into my bag. I pushed open the glass door of the math building and hurried out into the early November air. It was already cold outside, but anxiety made me even chillier. I tugged down my scarlet-colored cable-knit sweater and buttoned my black wool coat, shoving my hands in the pockets.

I made my way across the empty campus and hurried to the courtyard. The cobblestone circle with its fountain and stone benches was only a couple of minutes from the admin building.

Boots clicked on the cobblestones, arms looped together, Heather and Alison walked up to me.

“Any idea what this is about?” I asked, assuming that if anyone knew anything it would be Heather Fox.

She shook her soft blond hair. “Nope. But I’m not worried. At least, not for myself.” She shifted her blue eyes to me, then to Alison. “I didn’t do anything.”

“Me either!” Alison’s normally soft voice was loud. She ran her fingers through her sandy brown hair like she always did when she was worried. “I just want to go and get it over with. Where’s Julia?”

Alison started to pull her phone out of her camel-colored Burberry coat. But just as she did, Julia came around the corner a few yards away and walked up to us.

Her angled blond bob had two pieces twisted back with tiny purple flower clips with rhinestones (actually, probably diamonds) in the centers.

“We’ve been waiting for, like, five minutes,” Heather snapped.

“Sorry.” Julia shrank for a second, then recovered. “I was in the middle of a history pop quiz. I had to finish before I left.”

Heather waved off the excuse with her butter yellow leather-gloved hand. “Whatever. Let’s go.”

The four of us left the courtyard and our boots crunched on the grass, dried by the weeks of cold air. The administration building loomed in front of us, looking imposing like the rest of campus. Even though I’d been at Canterwood Crest Academy over a year, there hadn’t been a time when I didn’t notice the prestigious, gorgeous campus.

Until now. My nerves wouldn’t allow me to do anything but look straight ahead.

We reached the administration building waaay too soon. Even Heather, the fearless Canterwood Queen Bee, paused for a second before stepping up the stairs flanked by spiky black iron railings.

Alison, Julia, and I followed her inside, and I sighed to myself, glad for the heat that blasted us when we walked inside. We followed the gold plaques pointing to the headmistress’s office and stopped in front of her secretary’s desk.

Mrs. Kratz, who might have been here when Canterwood was started in the eighteen hundreds, looked up at us through horn-rimmed glasses.

“I’m Heather Fox, and we’re here to see Headmistress Drake.”

There wasn’t a waver in Heather’s voice. She sounded as if she was ordering movie tickets.

“Ah, yes. Ms. Drake is expecting all of you now. Go right in.”

Julia turned first, and Heather, Alison, and I followed her across the room to the headmistress’s glossy wooden door. Without pause, Julia knocked on the door. The sound seemed to echo in the tiny hallway.

“Come in.”

The headmistress’s voice came from behind the closed door. My mouth was so dry, I couldn’t even swallow. The headmistress was scary.

Julia turned the brass knob and we filed inside behind her. Headmistress Drake, seated in a large, leather office chair behind her desk finished writing on her notepad before glancing up at us. With minimal makeup, a buttoned black blouse and half-carat diamond studs, she looked every bit the headmistress of an elite East Coast boarding school.

Her black hair was pulled into a tight bun, and she was sleek, but looked like she could take somebody down. Ms. Drake’s pale skin looked even more delicate against her red lipstick.

She didn’t offer any of us a chair and none of us moved to sit. We stood in front of her—waiting.

Headmistress Drake looked at us for what felt like hours. “I know one of you created the gossip blog.”

I tried not to let my knees shake.

“The school’s technology department did some research and narrowed it down to a certain building—Orchard Hall. With even further investigation, we were able to find Internet protocol addresses that matched two rooms.”

Headmistress Drake looked at the Trio. “Your suite.” Then she looked at me. “And your room with Brit Chan.”

“None of us—” Alison started, stopping when Headmistress Drake cut her off with a shake of her head.

“I have proof, Miss Robb. The only reason I did not call Miss Chan here is because she is a new student and does not have the insight on campus that the blogger does. So, there are two options for the four of you.”

I felt as if I’d been punched in the stomach. There was no way one of us had created that dumb gossip blog. The blog that ridiculed the school and made up awful rumors. I hadn’t and the Trio was too smart for that.

I glanced at Heather, noticing her eyes were focused to the side for a brief second before she shifted her gaze back to the headmistress.

“You have the choice to step forward and tell me who created the blog,” Headmistress Drake said.

Not one of us moved.

“Or, you will all be expelled from Canterwood Crest Academy unless I learn the truth. I’m giving you one week, then I’m telling your parents.”

© 2011 Jessica Burkhart

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Unfriendly Competition (Canterwood Crest Series #12) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
horsecrazy997 More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Famous Sasha Sliver narrates this amazing book. Sometimes you can make a friend out of an imaginary replacement. She learned not to judge a person before you know them. This book is also about being a team. Who knew it took tragity to become a team for canterwood! You will love this book. As we say farewell to sasha, there is another person nerating. From the clues jessca gave us on the website, I think it's Laren Towers. But who really knows. Well besides jessca and the whole publishing company! Love katie. PS. I think u should do a movie based on the serries. ; )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading the Canterwood Crest series when they first came out, and I absolutely loved them, I couldn't wait for each one to come out and I felt like the day would never come when they would be released. But certain things have left me kind of dissapointed. The fact that Eric and Sasha broke up? I LOVED Eric, he was my favorite, Jacob has always been kind of annoying to me and he's acted like a JERK countless times, towards Sasha AND her friends. I like the fact that the trio and Sasha became friends, and I like Brit. But I think Jessica needs to think up some new exciting stuff, the old stuff is getting kind of boring. I've read these books over and over so many times, but the latest ones have been kind of dull. The books have been known for their drama and excitement, and they've all been great, even if I was dissapointed with how things went in the beginning, I've come to enjoy the changes. however, I really hope Jessica changes her mind and keeps Sasha as the narrator, thats one of the main reasons I loved those books. On the other hand, perhaps it will be for the best that Jessica makes some changes, and comes up with new material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
so as SOON as I saw this come put for Nook Book, I HAD to buy it! I have read all 11 other books MANYY MANY times, Canterwood Crest is addicting! I love jessica burkhart, she's my IDOL. I was so I'mpressed with this book, and the end didn't make me mad because it didn't leave me hanging:) SAdly I think its the last and final canter wood book, and I cried, legit. These books are too good to just end! If jessica burkhart wont finish them then I will! Anyways I loved it:) it's A Page turner and just amazing:)
Sarah Mitchell More than 1 year ago
I think that we as avid readers of the Canterwood Crest series need more books to complete the story. What happens between Callie and Sasha? What happens between Paige and Sasha? I also think that Brit, Sasha, Alison, and Heather should get a room for four people since Julia is gone. She needs to complete the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looooooooove these books, but they need 2 b longer. I read this book in, like, in hour!!!!!!!
Taylor McGowan More than 1 year ago
my favorite book. everyone, prepare for the entrance of Chosen, canterwood crest 13!!! on may third!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My best friend and I have read these books since the beginning and when we got new books we would give each other hints about what happened!!! We would make each other wait by accidentally forgetting the books! KEEP WRITING JESSICA!
historyinthemaking More than 1 year ago
jessica is a really good author. she makes her stories seem like their actually happening. i thought all 11 were really good. but i do wish that everyone didn't hate eachother. but that is what give the book life! i really hope there us a number 13 comming up, but what does it mean by 'last one sasha narrates'? i hope that doesn't happen. who would narrate? a very good book. a must read series fir all horse people.
horse-lover99equinestar More than 1 year ago
This book has such a twist on the Canterwood blogger. And Mr Conner. I have all books and read them all twice!!! Thats how good this is you have to read but if u buy an ebook there is a spelling mistake. It says Media Canter. Im not sure if its like that in psperback i cant wait for the next book!!!! Super Special here I come!!!
Lauren Bruno More than 1 year ago
i have enjoyed each and every one of these books i am so exited for the next one to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tap yes if you agree we want Sasha, not Lauren Towers!!!!!! Posted by Queen Bee at Canterwood P.S. All of you stink to high heaven P.P.S. I'm popular to high heaven
Kpenguin More than 1 year ago
these books are sooooooo good i love how sasha narates
ilovepandas More than 1 year ago
I think the seriesare awesome! Just that in every book especially this one she could have added more. They are very detailed! Canterwood crest is the best!(: (: (: (: (:
Sheila Meyer More than 1 year ago
i love this book! It is so detailed and just faboulous! i have been supporting you the whole way through sasha! whenever i start reading i just cant put the book down!
Sarah Jeffrey More than 1 year ago
i looove all if jessicas books, but, i feel like she is losing her personal touch that originally got me hooked on the canterwood crest series... i feel as if she should go back amd read her first few books.... it seems as if anyone could have written what she wrote... the readers can sense it.. anyways, i am VERY upset that it is sashas last year as narrorator! i wil miss her funky but intriguing life style, which i admit, i have sometimes wanted to be my own.. i will most definatley continue reading! p.s. i now have a budding obsession with lip gloss, thanks to jeaaica ad sasha(:
Dawn Jackson More than 1 year ago
OMG, I am so excited that there is going to be a 13th book, I am Very Relieved!!!!!!! GO JESSICA!!!
Genevieve Dowd More than 1 year ago
In this on edge novel Burkhart isn't afraid to let all of the character's personalities show and really keeps everyone saying we want more! Sasha and the Canterwood crew really struggle through in this book and readers will begin to unravel a HUGE secret along the way!
Jim Naughton More than 1 year ago
the best
Cynthia Smith Miller More than 1 year ago
i love all of her series so i know im going to love this one
Audrey Hall More than 1 year ago
i have loved all of the last 11 and i really dont want it to end after the 12th book!
Mariela Guardado More than 1 year ago
i have read all 11 books and cant wait for tomorrow! thx jessica 4 writing these books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The whole Canterwood Crest series is amazing! However, I prefer the books featuring Sasha (like this one) over the ones with Lauren. Lauren seems really spoiled while Sasha is very likeable. This was a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series but i wish the author would make more books with sasha. I liked sashas books better....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I also loved the last chapter too. Sasha moves on and *passes on the lipgloss* to Lauren Towers. Can't wait to read Chosen! Totally recommand this book. Horse lovers and riders totally get this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will miss u sasha and co!!!!!! U guys wer awesome!!!! Best series with hirses ever comin from a horse lover!