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Frozen Rodeo

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Summer is supposed to be fun.
Right?

Peggy Fleming Farrell's summer has taken a turn for the worse: She works at the Gas'n Git to pay back her parents for wrecking two cars, takes summer school French from a succession of increasingly lame substitute teachers, loves an IHOP waiter, and attends Lamaze class with her mother while her father prepares for his professional ice-skating comeback (read: midlife crisis).

Just when the only exciting event looming before her is the town's annual Rodeo Roundup Days -- "exciting" being a relative term -- things take an unexpected turn for the better. Between hijinks with a hijacked golf cart, plans for streaking at the Rodeo parade, and a showdown over pancakes, Peggy's summer becomes more about mayhem than money management, and definitely something close to fun. Even if she never learns to speak French.

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Catherine Clark is the author of Frozen Rodeo and Truth or Dairy. A native of western Massachusetts, she now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Grade 8 Up-Peggy Fleming Farrell, 17, feels no obligation to live up to her famous namesake-much to the disappointment of her father, a retired professional skater hoping to make a comeback at a local summer rodeo-on-ice. Taking care of siblings Dorothy, Torvill, and Dean; coaching mom at Lamaze class; and working at the coffee bar at Gas 'n Git are enough responsibility for the self-involved teen. From the first paragraph in which Fleming dodges a pursuant Doberman as she Rollerblades to work, the action never pauses. Quirky characters and misadventures are humorous and enjoyable, though they require a stretch of readers' imagination. The realistic teen angst of falling in love with a waiter at IHOP and attending summer school alternates with a far-fetched robbery caper perpetrated by her missing French teacher in a town busy planning a July ice capade with animals. In a page-turning climax, the crime is foiled by the in-line skating heroine who sprays him with a turbo coffee dispenser, then skates off to the hospital to help her mother give birth to baby Elvis. Calamity strikes again as she runs into a car and is rescued by the "Kamikaze" bus driver she delivers coffee to each day. The refreshingly teen voice is dead-on here and stands up to the caricatured adults and happily ever after plot. Readers looking for more tales like Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (HarperCollins, 2000) will find an amusing gem here.
Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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