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Can true friendship conquer jealousy?
Bolivia, Rory, and Derek are back together again! When Bolivia's parents head off to Turkey on an archaeological dig, Bolivia goes to stay with her aunt and uncle-in the same town where her two friends live. Whether they're taking care of a litter of abandoned kittens, coping with poison ivy, or getting drenched in a simulated classroom rain forest, there's always adventure afoot. But when Bolivia befriends a girl named DeDe and a boy named Aldo, watch out! Rory's possessiveness may ruin everything, unless Bolivia can show him that it's possible to make new friends and keep the old.
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Grade 3-5?Bolivia, Derek, and Rory, from Hot & Cold Summer (1984), The Cold & Hot Winter (1988), and The Up & Down Spring (1993, all Morrow), are back together while Bolivia's parents are on an archaeological dig in Turkey and Bolivia is staying with her great-aunt and uncle. As she makes new friends, Rory becomes so jealous that he retaliates with poison pen mail and becomes obnoxious. With Bolivia's help, he comes to understand the significance of the age-old maxim, "make new friends, but keep the old." Bolivia's letters to her parents add another dimension to the story, as she seeks their advice about her problems. As the story ends, she must decide whether she wants to join her parents in Turkey after their Christmas homecoming or remain with her friends in New Jersey. The author once again exhibits her understanding of young people and imbues her characters with individual characteristics. Humor, pathos, and adventure abound in this engaging story about a common childhood dilemma?possessive friends. News that a new Johanna Hurwitz book is in the library will travel very quickly. Keep the reserve list ready.?Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The fourth book in a series that includes The Up & Down Spring (1993), about three friends--Bolivia, Rory, and Derek--now in middle school. Bolivia's parents are in Turkey for six months, so she stays with her aunt and uncle in the New Jersey town where Rory and Derek live. Bolivia wants to get to know other people, but Rory is possessive and jealous. He seems to want to force her to choose, but Bolivia is just as determined to keep her old friends and make new ones as well. This book is full of enthusiastic, well-behaved, helpful, obedient, and kind children, who are ``looking forward to taking the bus'' and think ``Middle School is going to be neat.'' In other words, it's a fantasy at worst and insipid at best, lacking real people in whom readers can take an interest, or a real plot to keep the pages turning. Even an appearance by Aldo doesn't bring this one up to Hurwitz's usually charming standard. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8+) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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