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Worst Enemies/Best Friends (Beacon Street Girls Series #1)

Worst Enemies/Best Friends (Beacon Street Girls Series #1)

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by Annie Bryant

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Yikes! As if being the new girl isn't bad enough, Charlotte just made the biggest cafeteria blunder in the history of Abigail Adams Junior High. There's no way that Katani, Avery, and Maeve will want anything to do with her now.

Can a mysterious landlady, a romantic evening gone wrong, and a cryptic key to nowhere help four very different girls become the


Yikes! As if being the new girl isn't bad enough, Charlotte just made the biggest cafeteria blunder in the history of Abigail Adams Junior High. There's no way that Katani, Avery, and Maeve will want anything to do with her now.

Can a mysterious landlady, a romantic evening gone wrong, and a cryptic key to nowhere help four very different girls become the best of friends? Or will they remain worst enemies forever?

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Children's Literature
Being 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
In Worst Enemies/Best Friends, Charlotte has moved back to the US after living in Australia, Africa, and most recently, Paris. Charlotte has an unfortunate habit of spectacularly humiliating herself on the first day of school, and her first day of 7th grade proves to be no different. The three girls in Charlotte's assigned lunch group are mortified. They convince their teacher that one sleepover will provide ample time to get to know one another well enough to be allowed to eat with whomever they choose. During the sleepover, they discover that some great friendships can begin in inauspicious ways. They also discover a tower room in Charlotte's house, which they designate as their headquarters. What Charlotte has not told them is that the house does not belong to her family, and that their mysterious landlady has forbidden them to use a room without permission. If this omission is discovered, it spells disaster for the Beacon Street Girls' friendship! Despite the obstacles faced in the first book, the Beacon Street Girls are going strong in Bad News/Good News. Charlotte is beginning to feel as though she finally has a place to call home, until she overhears her father talking on the phone about moving to Oxford. Charlotte is distressed, but she quickly resigns herself to the move. However, the other Beacon Street Girls will have none of it. They are determined to convince Charlotte's father not to move. Unfortunately a new girl shows up, and her presence divides the group straight down the middle, threatening to divide the BSG forever. These two gentle books were written specifically with junior high school girls in mind. The four girls are the standard adolescent charactersone might expect to find: Avery is an athlete, Katani is a fashion maven, Maeve is a drama queen, and Charlotte is a dreamy writer. Despite their differences (or because of them) the girls naturally become fast friends. Add in a good healthy dose of lunchroom humiliation, physical comedy, a secret room, and a group of gals with goals, and you have one fun and harmless new series. (Beacon Street Girls). KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2004, B*tween Productions, 232p., each. Ages 12 to 15.
—Heather Lisowski

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Beacon Street Girls Series , #1
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9 - 13 Years

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The Beacon Street Girls books are inspired by all the preteen girls I've ever known. I wanted to create a world where girls can go to have fun and learn about who they are, while modeling real-life experiences. The first book, Worst Enemies/Best Friends, explores creating and testing friendships, skewed first impressions, and being the new kid at school. In the end, true friendship conquers all. Welcome to the world of the BSG!

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Worst Enemies, Best Friends 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
Sarah98 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was just another stupid preteen book like there are to many of today. I found it in the Chinaberry catalog, and my mom ordered it for me. I started it, and loved it from the 1st chapter. I recommend this to girls ages 9- 13.
Bunny_Baby01 More than 1 year ago
The reason I love this book is because the characters are just like the average middle school students. They have to live with bullies, embarassments, and dealing with friendships. I love this book so much! And Charlotte, the main character, is JUST LIKE ME, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought was going to be a Christian book but then it used God's name in vain and cursed once. Bummer. But other than that it was good.
123HA More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of the Beacon Street Girls. This is all about Charlotte. She is the new girl in town and for Abigail Adams Junior High and she makes the most embarrassing thing in the history of Abigail Adams Junior High. One of her lunch buddies from her group get mad at her because she spills syrup on her.She doesn't do it on purpose. Read on to know what happen through out the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book not thinking i would like it. But it was Auh-mazing!!I am trying to get my friend to read it but she judges the book by it's cover way to much and won't read it. But soon I will MAKE her.This is a "must read" book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Ramsey has been everywhere around the world. Her dad is a writer, but they are settling for good in brookline,ma. Char has had a lot of bad first days in the past, but she feels comfortable saying she will be okay on the first day in abigail adams junior high school, and she already enjoys her kate mothers hometown. On the 1st day, at lunch, charlotte realizes her fly is down. She quickly zips it up without looking at it, hoping none of her tablemates would notice. Something happens to embarrass charlotte, and she flees the cafeteria... with the tablecloth. Charlotte Ramsey has officially zipped a tablecloth into her pants, sending four plates worth of sticky syrup and floppy pancakes all over her three disaproving lunch mates. Life continues, and the BSG still hate each other. So, charlotte suggests a sleepover, and a night nobody was looking forward to turned into a night they would never forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book soooooo mutch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Charlotte ever asked for were friends. But, being the one girl who needs 'klutz insurance,' Charlotte can't seem to make any. The boy who sees her peeling an apple skin from her teeth would never do, as would Anna and Joline, 'the whisperers.' But Charlotte feels hopeful with her assigned lunch buddies, 'Attention Hog,' 'Giggle Fit,' and 'The Ice Queen,' at least until she ruins everything... on accident, of course. With a long-distance relationship with her Parisian friend, Sophie, and a 'guardian angel,' Charlotte realizes that she shouldn't take it personally, that they may be going through the motions like she is. It's just... what do they have in common? *Given 4 stars for using God's name in vain, as well as 'frankly, I don't give a ****,' casually said by Maeve after a date*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont care i love it
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Is this book good?(it looks good)
Roxanne Rask More than 1 year ago
The Beacon Street Girls Book Series  is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
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I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!! The characters aren't perfect, they have problems just like we do. This book is about 4  girls. Katani, (who has 2 perfect older sisters one sister with autism  one really nice grandmother), is all about  fashion. Maeve, (who has dyslexia ,an annoying younger brother ,and a strict mom), is a movie fanatic and boy - crazy. Avery is a sports lover, animal rights activist, and a tom-boy. And Charlotte, ( whose mother died when she was 4 , moves a lot, and lives with her dad), is an author, astronomer , and has always wanted a home. Meet the Beacon Street Girls!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book!
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This book has a very slow beggining but the second half picks up the pace. You have to be pacient. -1 star for the beginning
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a pretty long book with about 230 pages and it is the best book ever. I am 11 and all my freinds would love it. In this story it takes place in 7 grade and a one curse word but otherwise the story would be appropriote for ages 10-14. An unpopular girl think she ruins her life when she makes a huge mess an does not have any freinds but makes freinds at an unusual event. If you dont read it or dont like it you are definetly crazy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice book could not put the book down for second
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Personally i love these books. Very relatable. You should know that its a fun book but seems a little immature and innocent for seventh graders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's really good. FYI make sure you look at the top of the page to see which person is telling the story.