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Bad News/Good News (Beacon Street Girls Series #2)

Bad News/Good News (Beacon Street Girls Series #2)

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by Annie Bryant

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Charlotte can't believe it. Her father wants to move again, just when the BSG really need one another. Charlotte just joined the school newspaper. Maeve needs help with the most important project of her life. The new girl, Isabel, is trying to join their group, and Katani's not happy about it. And their adopted dog, Marty, needs lots of attention. Can the


Charlotte can't believe it. Her father wants to move again, just when the BSG really need one another. Charlotte just joined the school newspaper. Maeve needs help with the most important project of her life. The new girl, Isabel, is trying to join their group, and Katani's not happy about it. And their adopted dog, Marty, needs lots of attention. Can the Beacon Street Girls find some good news among the bad?

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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, 277p., each. Ages 12 to 15.
—Heather Lisowski
Children's Literature
With a wink and a blink four between-aged-girls, or is that five, are at it again in this second book from the "Beacon Street Girls" series. Readers of the first book won't miss a beat if they pick up and enjoy this book. While the beginning seems a bit slow because of the back matter needed for readers who did not read the first book, it appears to actually push the book to a better level since it helps readers understand why the girls act as they do individually. Again, the author handles changes in perspective well and readers should be able to feel close to any of the girls. This is not a book of all fun and games as characters experience an emotional roller coaster that is expected of "betweeners." Issues revolve around boys, school, and life in general. But they go deeper than that when learning disabilities, social concerns, parental illness, and parental grief are woven into the book. Strong adult characters do not tell the girls what to do or think. Instead they allow the girls to think for themselves and grow with that responsibility. Readers are shown the gut-wrenching reality that comes with arguing, cliques, change, open-mindedness, and edginess. Computer chat rooms involving the girls offer appeal to this age group. Diversity of characters plays well and demonstrates how differences can work out in real life. As with the first book, end activities include questions for friends to talk about, a quiz for comprehension, and a web address offering "fun stuff for everyone." 2005, B*tween Productions, Ages 8 to 14.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This series features a multicultural group of junior high girls in Brookline, MA. Charlotte and her widowed father are new in town, and they have lived all over the world. Katani has a flair for design. Korean-born Avery, a no-frills type of girl, in the literal sense of the word, was adopted when she was an infant. Maeve is a drama queen and dreams of stardom. In Bad News/Good News, Charlotte discovers that her father is considering an offer to teach at Oxford in England and she wants to stay put for a while. The episode centers on how the girls come to her rescue, how she learns to deal with her own ambivalent feelings about the move, and how she comes to better understand her father and his grief. A subplot introduces Isabel, who has come to Brookline with her ailing mother. She will become the newest member of the Beacon Street Girls. In Letters, Maeve learns that her parents are separating. Although she struggles with dyslexia, she is certain that she can keep them together if she can just learn to be the "perfect" daughter her mother so desperately wants. She learns some valuable lessons about herself, and about the real meaning-and sometimes real pain-of growing up. The stories are well written and should have broad appeal. If there is a fault at all, it is that the characters are sometimes more mature, self-aware, or articulate than the average seventh grader. Nevertheless, the lessons about loyalty, honesty, friendship, and family are presented in an appealing fashion.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Beacon Street Girls Series , #2
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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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Bad News/Good News (Beacon Street Girls Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read the first one but i loved it
123HA More than 1 year ago
This is all about the new girl Isabel. She gets pushed off by Katani because she doesn't want her to join the BSG.Read this book to learn more about this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first one and fell in love with it (you dont need to read the first one to read the second one btw) but I didnt think I would fall in love with the second one too but...... I did!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful it will definitly teach you something about friedship and working together you should read this book no matter what your age is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its all about a new girl named isabel. Katni thinks shes stealing the friend ship between her and meave. Its awesome you should reallllllllly read it. Please take my advice to read it..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book! I loove this series. If you enjoy books about friendship, then you'll like it. Another nice things is that the books has different perspectives from the 5 girls.
B-2 More than 1 year ago
For a while I had the curse of mot finding a book. But now I have the huge BSG seris to read and I LOVE IT!!!!
The_smart_warriors_reader More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I finished it in three hours because I REALLY liked it. I do not think it is as good as the first, however. That doesn't mean you shouldn't read it. It is still really good. I can relate to all of these girls. I would love having them as friends if they were real. I would recommend this to girls ages 10-14. This would make a good edition to any girl's library. You have got to read this series!!!
zoe rice More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic so far
Girls Ryan More than 1 year ago
Great book
Krystal Kotecki More than 1 year ago
i love this series it rlly relates to kids in junior high
Eileen Hohorst More than 1 year ago
read the first cant wait to read this one sounds even better than the first
Anonymous 6 days ago
Some people say its bad and some say good. The first one is awesome but idk about this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so interesting! This ia the type of book that you can relate to and it makes you smile. It is kind of predictable but you just want to read till the end. This is a book to buy! #ThisisTHEbook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is soooooo great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet book!
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Omg that was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please hurry!!!- sam
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The first book I read of this series, I already knew I wanted 2 and 3. But at the beggining of the 2nd book, I noticed it was different. It wasnt like someone elses story, it was like... the narrators story. But boring. I cant believe I wasted my darn money. Im so mad. I was so happy and now im so depressed. Next time, when I want a book, Im going to do a sample. UGH. THIS DAY WAS SUPPOSE TO BE PERFECT. NOW ITS NOT WORTH IT. I WISH I COULD GET MY MONEY BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -PostGirl .-.
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We must plan but NO fighting