What's special about Cassandra? Absolutely nothing. She's as ordinary as any other fifth grader. And yet her ordinary life is riddled with hilarious and sometimes heart-breaking mishaps as she guides herself through the world of pre-teens on the brink of adulthood.
Cassandra Jones is the new girl at school. She's been uprooted from her beloved state of Texas and relocated to the hillbilly Ozarks of Springdale, Arkansas. She wonders if she will like her teacher or if she will have any friends. She can only hope school won't be harder than it was back home.
She doesn't expect to have two close friends, and even worse, two friends that don't like each other. As she tries to make a spot for herself, will she keep her friendships intact?
About the Author
Tamara Hart Heiner lives in Arkansas with her husband, four kids, a cat, a rabbit, and several fish. She would love to add a macaw and a sugar glider to the family collection. She graduated with a degree in English and an editing emphasis from Brigham Young University. She's been an editor for BYU-TV and currently works as an editor for WiDo Publishing and as a freelancer. She's the author of the young adult suspense series, PERILOUS, INEVITABLE, the CASSANDRA JONES saga, and a nonfiction book about the Joplin tornado, TORNADO WARNING.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
OMGoodness!I Iove this book. This book really relates to my life as a girl looking for friends! What is happening to Cassie, happend to me when I was younger. I love this book, the auther, the drawings, and the series! I've given other books five stars, but boy was I wrong! I'd give this book eight stars if I could, but the limit is five. Once again, I love this book! May GOD bless. - Noelle
Heiner aptly shows us the world through the eyes of 10-year-old Cassandra. She may not see things as an adult would, but we can understand her concerns as we place ourselves in her spot. This is Cassie's first year in school in Arkansas, having left behind her friends in Texas. Will the new kids be nice? Will they like her? Will she find a best friend? Her experience is familiar to most of us. And that is refreshing. No dysfunctional family, no dysfunctional school, no bullies. Nevertheless she experiences the ordinary conflicts--such as misunderstandings and lose of direction. I enjoyed this simple tale, which brought to my remembrance the country school I attended as a child. I felt, though, that the author included too many names. She mentioned Cassandra's youngest sister without proper introduction--the name just popped up. And as we're reading along, suddenly we run off a cliff. Where did the rest of the book go? Well, it continues in another book, but I feel the ending was not really an ending, so I was surprised and jarred. Here is a gentle but meaningful story for children to enjoy. In addition, it offers insights that adults and children can share.