The Year of Secret Assignments

The Year of Secret Assignments

by Jaclyn Moriarty
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The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

Three girls. Three boys. Two rival schools.
This could get messy.

The Ashbury-Brookfield pen pal program is designed to bring together the two rival schools in a spirit of harmony and "the Joy of the Envelope." But when Cassie, Lydia, and Emily send their first letters to Matthew, Charlie, and Sebastian, things don't go quite as planned. What starts out as a simple letter exchange soon leads to secret missions, false alarms, lock picking, mistaken identities, and an all-out war between the schools--not to mention some really excellent kissing.

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ISBN-13: 9780439498821
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia, with 4 sisters, 1 brother, 2 dogs, and 12 chickens. She studied law at the University of Sydney, Yale, and Cambridge, and worked as an entertainment lawyer before she wrote the Ashbury High novels, including THE YEAR OF SECRET ASSIGNMENTS, THE MURDER OF BINDY MACKENZIE, and THE GHOSTS OF ASHBURY HIGH. She still lives in Sydney, with her little boy, Charlie.

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Year of Secret Assignments 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 177 reviews.
bananna2012 More than 1 year ago
At first glance I was easily drawn to this novel. With an unique story plot unlike most books, it caught my attention and created curiosity. With few naration paragraphs, letters from three girls to three boys dominated this novel. As a class assignment issued from the teachers, Cassie, Lydia, and Emily exchange letters to Matthew, Sebastian, and Charlie during the pen pal program. Since the girls and boys are from rival schools, the six immediately send hate words to one another creating a messy distruction. Though this story seemed very interesting and the format of it was captivating at first, by the middle of the book, it grew tiresome. Just for one event to take place took multiple pages of the book and I felt the narration should have taken at least half the numbers of them. Besides my opinion on the format of The Year of the Secret Assignments, I believe Jaclyn Moriarty was brilliant pairing each girl with a boy. The numerous unexpected events truly brought out excitement in this novel making it a great piece of literature. The little bits of humor throughout the book made me laugh and Moriarty did an excellent job bringing out the images of six high school students. This is great when you have free time on your hands and wish to stress free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i could give this book more stars i would. it was so funny it made me laugh out loud and at some points made me want to cry and the way it was written made me feel like i was realy in the caractors' heads. I recomend this book to ANY ONE P.s READ IT BECAUSE ITS AMAZING!! YOU WILL LOVE IT :
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I ever read because it is so funny and full of life!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out from my library due to a recommendation from a friend. The cover design really caught my attention. But the style that is was written in-letters, email, bulletins-is what made it a super fast read.This book was incredibly funny as well, enough to make me laugh out loud. There was enough suspense to hold my attention and keep me flipping the pages.There were a lot of negative themes though, such as shoplifting, pranking, cheating, ect. But with out it, it wouldn't have allowed the characters to be the unique, trouble some people they are.Overall this book was a easy, funny, enjoyable, fast-read. And I would definitely recommend it to my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, quick read I really enjoyed it. I liked the format of letters and emails-the notice boards and meeting notes were especially fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is funny and very witty yet there are intense parts. Definetly worth the buy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was soooo good that i reread right after i finished it for the first time. Jaclyn moriarty is SUCH a good writer! <3'ed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book. It gets a little confusing sometimes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I read it in the library and had to buy my own copy. I love the characters and the way it's written in letters, etc. I would definitely recommend this.
orangecrush More than 1 year ago
I found The Year of Secret Assignments to be captivating from the start. It combines sarcastic humor with mystery, and a pinch of romance. There are parts in the story where I find myself laughing out loud. The first time I read it I could not put it down until I finished it. I was hooked after the first ten pages. The plot is about three high school girls named Cassie, Emily, and Lydia. They attend Ashbury High School in Sydney Australia. They have an annual pen pal program with their rival school Brookfield High. Incidentally the girls end up writing to three boys named Matthew, Charlie, and Sebastian. They meet up and it leads to conflicts between the schools. The book is written in a series of diary entries, transcripts, e-mails, and letters between schools. There is no actual dialogue. I thought that without dialogue the story was explained better. People can read it with a different point of view. Having no dialogue made it all the more interesting. Though sometimes I got confused and had to reread and clarify. The language in this book wasn't always appropriate. (I couldn't tell what some of the words were because the libraries copy was vandalized.) I would recommend this book for people thirteen and up who are interested in a humorous book. This is definitely a page turner
Wolfa-girl More than 1 year ago
Such an awesome book! I was laughing more than half of the time. Great characters and plot. I love how it's all letters and such instead of the regular set-up. Although I wish she would have gone more into detail about their dates. I wish there was a sequel! Or at least a better ending, although I'm the kind of person who hates when the authors leaves you hanging, so don't think that the book is bad. Actually, it's really, really good. ^^
BooksRmyCrack More than 1 year ago
i found this book when i was a sophomore in high school, ate through it in around 2 days. loaned it to a friend. and then never got it back and have since lost touch with the friend. i read a book similar to this called dash and lilys book of dares (same authors who wrote nick and norah's infinite playlist) and it reminded me of this book but i had forgotten the title until today. so glad i found it again :D highly recommended!!!!!!
Vera_Jayne More than 1 year ago
this was a really great book. i finished it really fast.
mostest_pug_lover More than 1 year ago
This book is so so so good. I love the characters (well, most of them) and the story is really different from things that I normally read. This author is great. But I suggest reading "Feeling Sorry for Celia" first. That one is great too. Everyone should read this book. :)
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
THE YEAR OF SECRET ASSIGNMENTS by Jaclyn Moriarty has an interesting format. It is written entirely without dialogue. "What?" you say. It's true. The entire novel uses letters, diaries, journals, emails, and transcripts to tell the story. It's quite intriguing.

Three best friends, Cass, Emily, and Lydia, embark on an adventure that begins as a pen pal assignment in their English class. They each end up with male pen pals from their rival, Brookfield High. It quickly becomes evident which of the girls is writing, as the voices of the girls are quite distinct. I had a little more difficulty identifying two of the boys and remembering which girl they were writing to. The third boy's voice was quite distinctive.

Through a series of secret assignments the year 10 pen pals get to know one another, challenging each other to attempt various tasks. Just as they become comfortable with one another, feelings get hurt and the letters come to a halt. One pair of letters becomes downright frightening. When a true identity is uncovered, letters resume with a flurry of intensity, until vandalism begins at both schools and all students are ordered to stop writing. When the three girls are summoned to the office, they must rely on their pen pals to uncover the truth.

I would recommend this book to my students. The voices are fun and authentic. Although the pacing of the book is somewhat slow at the beginning, probably due to trying to keep the characters straight, it picks up significantly as they forge relationships with their pen pals. The ending is both surprising and satisfying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was amazed by this book. i now absouloustley love this author. THIS IS A MUUUUUUST READ! i couldn't stop reading. its funny, its sad. everything (: READ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 12 yr old from Rhode Island. I love this Book so much! I took it out of the library, and couldn't put it down! Girls of my age and older should definatly read this, but not younger, cuz of some language. Good Book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i've ever read, and i read a lot. everyone at school was reading this book and saying how great it was, so i decided to see for myself. im so glad i did, i read it over and over. i stll get sad during sad parts and laugh during funny parts. In some of the funny parts i actually laughed out loud, and people would look at me. its witty and hilarious. some parts are so intense you can't put it down. its written in the form of letters, from students of rival schools. but it soon becomes more than sending letters. you will not be able to put it down. READ THIS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book .was great. at first i took it out because i couldn't find anything better but then after 10 pages i hooked into it. it was funny and was such a good book! i recomend it and give it 5 stars :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, my God. This book is amazing. I love all of the letter and e-mail format of this book. And to top it all off, it's hilarious. I seriously had almost 5 pee-your-pants moments in this book. I love it so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Year of Secret Assignments is an excellent read. It is very entertaining and it takes turns the reader wouldn¿t expect. This book is about three girls at an all girls school who have to write to guy pen-pals at an all guys rival school. Though at first none of the six warm up to the idea of pen pals, soon the guys need help. The girls perform ¿secret assignments¿, secretly playing pranks to get the guys out of tests, class and all sorts of things. But when things turn out to be not what they seem, the guys get the chance to return the favor, and the six go on their wildest adventure yet. Full of laughs, and some mild romance, this is a book for a rainy afternoon. The characters are very well established, and the reader feels like he/she really gets inside the characters¿ head. I would recommend this to people who like a little bit of adventure, romance, and mostly realistic fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fabulous. I kept you thinking through out all moments. I love it. I never wanted to stop reading this book. I stayed up to 1am reading most of it. Even when the power went out once, i didnt stop reading. I love this. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was funny, and it was interesting to see how the boys and girls interacted with each other. A good read for spring break.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Year of Secret Assingments the title speaks for its self really. Cassie, Lydia, and Emily all have thier differences but are best friends. But when the ashbury-brookfield pen pal program begins agianst there enemy school they all have the same thoughts. Situations for all girls are diverse but some how are connected. This book at first is confussing but is incredibly good. It will truly put you in the mind set of a teenage girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I become bored with books very quickly. If i'm not pulled in by the third page, I wont hesitate to put the book back. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. It's funny, quick, charming, and completely original. This book contains characters you will hate and characters you will fall in love with. I could read this book over and over again.