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Children's LiteratureBeing a seventh grader is tough! Being the new kid on the block and a seventh grader is worse! In this intriguing tale, four seventh grade girls are thrown together when their teacher assigns lunch group tables the first day of school. The tension they feel mirrors the lives of real girls who struggle with being themselves as well as the person others think they should be. The book's author aptly weaves together the tale of Charlotte, the new kid on the block; Maeve, the aspiring actress with a learning disability; Katina, who can't equal her older sister's sports ability and who hates it when kids tease her autistic sister Kelly, and Avery, a short, raving sports enthusiast. The girls could end up as worst enemies, except for their discovery of a secret tower room in the house where Charlotte lives. This book is the first in the "Beacon Street Girls" series. B*tween Productions successfully navigates the choppy waters of the "between age" and in so doing, allows real girls to better understand themselves and others. The book may be enhanced when mothers or teachers share in the reading with girls of this age. End matter consists of questions to think about, a multiple-choice quiz covering the book's content, sneak previews of the next book, and a Beacon Street Girls web site that serves up fun activities. Schwab Learning, a nonprofit program dedicated to helping children with learning disabilities, is promoting the book. Offer this book to any "between" girl to boost self-esteem and awareness of others' feelings. 2005, B*tween Productions, Ages 9 to 12.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury