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MY LAST BEST FRIEND

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Fourth grade is about to start, and Ida May has a lot to deal with. She will have to write in cursive, learn to multiply and divide, stop playing with dolls—and get used to the absence of her best friend Elizabeth, who has moved away. To top it off, her parents are insisting that she play with Jenna Drews, resident popular girl and bully. Then Ida meets Stacy, a new girl with whom she seems to ... Read full review

MY NEW BEST FRIEND

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

This delightful sequel to 2007's My Last Best Friend continues the story of fourth-grader Ida May, her growing friendship with Stacey and her rivalry with bully Jenna. While looking for costumes in her attic, Ida May and Stacey unearth a mermaid nightlight. Turned off, the mermaid has a pleasant smile; turned on, the smile turns into a scary, glowing grin. Stacey believes the lamp will cast evil ... Read full review

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this book is freaking annoying like i tryed it last year and uhhhhhhhhh it was the worst expirence ever imean ho un realistic the bestfriend moves away and then she does not want a best friend again i mean like i would want another bestfriend the person that made this book may not have anything else to right and she was despret 

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I ONLY SED THIS BC OF MY HW

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Wonderful book about friendships, bullies, trying to fit in with peers. This book has characters that kids can make connections to. It is a definite thumbs up!

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I am still reading this book but I am trying to find the other one

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this was a really great book and i just loooove it! its good for girls ages 10-13 and its about school and fitting in, and about friendship problems! really loved it and i think u should read it!

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i love this book because secret friends become best friend. also i love how stacey never really move away.

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Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com
Bowe knows the fourth grade.
Julie Bowe's MY LAST BEST FRIEND rings true for anyone who's survived heartbreaking separation.
After Ida's best friend moves away, she's sure she'll never have another friend like Elizabeth. Until the day the new girl, Stacey Merriweather, smiles at her.
The thing I love most about this book is the way Ida thinks:
"She's smiling at you with the kind of smile you don't see on a real person very often. The kind you see a little kid draw with a big fat crayon on a piece of white paper. The kind you have to force yourself not to smile back at.
Trust me, you don't want to get too close to big-crayon smiles. That's because people with big-crayon smiles don't stick around very long. They move away just when you've gotten used to the way their hand feels sticky when you hold it, or the way they hiccup when they talk fast, or the way they whistle by sucking in instead of blowing out, or the way they can touch their nose with the tip of their tongue."
For Ida, entering the fourth grade without Elizabeth is like diving into the deep end of the pool before she's sure she can swim well enough to get back to the edge. She's got no safety devices and feels like no one is rooting for her as she splashes around and tries not to go under.
I don't know about everyone else, but that's exactly how elementary school felt to me sometimes. This is one of those books that comforts its readers with the knowledge that someone gets it. Someone like Julie Bowe.
I can't wait to read the sequel, MY NEW BEST FRIEND!
 

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