Twelve-year-old Beau and his best friend Josie find themselves in all kinds of trouble--from a lack of money, to bully Matt Ventura, to a well-intentioned lie that has profound repercussions--due to Beau's new skateboard
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Grade 5-7 A charming story about the summer adventures of two 12 year olds, Josie and her best friend, Beau, who have grown up together. While Josie is aware that her feelings for him are changing, Beau is more concerned with the love of his life, his skateboard, which he is paying for on time. As a result of Beau's obsession, Josie and Beau are looking for jobs and walking everywhere to save bus fare. This leaves Beau open to attacks by bully Matt Ventura. Beau's mother is opposed to violence, and she threatens Beau with the loss of his skateboard if he does not stop fighting. Beau then lies and claims Josie is hurting him, which causes Josie much pain and makes her re-examine her friendship with Beau. All ends well, with Beau standing up to Matt and becoming aware that he is more than a friend to Josie. Told from Josie's point of view, this is a much better story than the typical young teen romance. Josie and Beau have many interests, and the plot is well developed, with interesting secondary characters. It is a good choice for readers who are on the edge of growing up and want to read a story about boy-girl relationships but are not ready for older romantic fiction. Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, Mo.
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Beau and Josie's long-standing friendship suddenly becomes confusing, as she begins to think of him as a boyfriend and he is still distracted by skateboards and bullies. Ages 8-12.
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Book Description Avon Camelot, New York, 1988. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. First Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 1445