Next to Mexico

Next to Mexico

by Jennifer Nails
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Next to Mexico by Jennifer Nails

When Lylice found out she was skipping fifth grade, she was excited. Then nervous. Then excited again. Then terrified. On her first day of sixth grade everything bad that could happen did. But when Senora Schwartz assigned her to be Mexico Mendoza’s English Buddy, school got a little better. Then a lot better. Then not as better. Then much, much worse.

This is the story of her first quarter at Susan B. Anthony Middle School. And it’s the story of how to get away with something that grownups will first not like, then, after they think about it, won’t mind. And will actually think was a good idea. Oh, and it’s about doing something so stupid because of a boy and worrying that your best friend will ever talk to you again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618966356
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/25/2008
Pages: 235
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Nails lives in New York City with her husband and son. She teaches improvisation and writing at the New York Film Academy and the People’s Improv Theater.

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Next to Mexico 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading for middle school students. would want my english class to read it. Looking forward to a play based on this novel
robbo24 More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous read with beautifully drawn characters, excellent writing and a compelling story. Jen Nails does such a terrific job of bringing these people to life.
PuncherandWattmann More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I cried, I bought a small ranch on the Rio Grande to relive the experience. Well, no, I didn't do the last bit, though woulda if I coulda. I DID buy a copy for my 10 year old ... and another one for his sister when she said, Hey! And two more for my neices. One, two three ... that's eight big thumbs up all around. And no wonder, it's a great story, funny, affecting with a super ending. Don't believe me? Okay, try this. Open up the book. Start reading. Now try to stop. See? You can't, can you? It's impossible. That's what great writing is all about. Enjoy!
april16 More than 1 year ago
I love this book becuase it was a perspective of a girl starting middle school. I recommend this book for girls ages 11-13.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Lylice is an eccentric girl who is skipping a grade and going straight into sixth. Is she ready for the changes that middle school brings? After all, her best friend last year was the elementary principal! She is assigned to be Mexico Mendoza's English buddy. The girls soon realize that although they have their differences, they can find common ground. Lylice feels that Principal Harrington has it in for her, and both girls fight together to keep the art programs in their school. This is a story of a friendship that is shared between two girls who want desperately to fit in yet hold on to their individuality at the same time. Lylice is full of surprises and, though she seems a bit odd at first, she draws you into her life. I highly recommend NEXT TO MEXICO.