Driven by overachieving parents and swept away by the moneymaking schemes of an eager new friend, eleven-year-old Cally finds herself meeting everyone's expectations but her own.
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Grade 4-6 Cally views her broken foot as an opportunity to live the life of an invalid like her favorite book heroines in Little Women and Heidi . Instead, she gets roped into selling newspaper subscriptions with a new acquaintance, Chuck, and finds herself to be more active than when she was practicing ballet and gymnastics. She realizes that she had let a lot of people, especially her overachieving parents, run her life. The theme of this lightweight book seems to be ``speak up for yourself,'' and when Cally does, she neatly solves all of her problems. She develops a successful business with Chuck, writes an excellent career report of her own (not one of her parents' choosing), gets her parents to lighten up on their demands, and teaches braggart Ashley a lesson. While Cally and Chuck are appealing 11-year-old protagonists, the parents are cardboard characters. Cally's are rich, yuppie stereotypes, while Chuck's are poor but cheerful leaders of a large family. Scenes with a substitute teacher who urges Cally's gifted classmates to do their own work and thinking show the mind of an adolescent well, but the story line is fractured and the writing strained in its attempts at humor. Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027671003
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0027671003
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 27671003
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