In Karen McCombie's seventh book (Scholastic, 2006) about British teens, Ally thinks that the last week of school is going to be fun-but instead she has to deal with a string of disasters. Ally's best friend Kyra takes home a Siamese kitten but is clueless on how to care for it. Animal lover Ally steps in and saves the kitten. Ally has also decided to keep a journal of her most private thoughts, and panics when it disappears, suspecting it was taken by the boy whose teasing makes her life a nightmare. A food fight at a barbecue, a disastrous game of Spin the Bottle, and other unexpected events will hold the interest of listeners. The reading by actress Daniela Denby-Ashe is very British and very fast, and American listeners may find themselves straining to understand her. For more interesting characters and plots, steer Brit-loving readers to Louise Rennison's "Georgia Nicholson" series and Sue Limb's marvelous series beginning with Girl 15, Charming but Insane (Delacorte, 2004).
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