Summer is supposed to be fun.
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 Maine Squeeze, Love and Other Things I'm Bad At, Picture Perfect, Wish You Were Here, The Alison Rules, Unforgettable Summer, and many others. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.From School Library Journal:
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
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