Between the demands of becoming a professional ballet dancer, pleasing her mother, and hanging out with her friends, CJ can't help but feel completely alone. What she really wants is a friend who will really listen to her, which she has found in Zoe. But there are some secrets that even best friends can't share.
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Rachel Vail is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for kids and teens, including Lucky, Gorgeous, and Brilliant (the Avery sisters trilogy), Wonder, Daring to be Abigail, and the upcoming Unfriended. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
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Grade 5-7-CJ Hurley never sits with her legs crossed. It works against her turn-out in dancing. Encouraged by her doting mother, the girl has been devoted to ballet for six years. Lately though, it seems her commitment to dance is causing her to miss crucial seventh-grade experiences such as the class apple-picking trip, soccer, and time at the pizza place with her crowd. CJ's struggle to decide how to please her mother, please her friends, and still please herself is the basis of this story. As she did in If You Only Knew (Scholastic, 1998), Vail gets her protagonist's voice just right. CJ is a complex and endearing character. Her close but changing relationship with her mother comes through in realistic dialogue. The book is small but thick with appealing cover art. The unusual format, quick plot, and true characterization will appeal to both reluctant and general readers.
Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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Book Description Scholastic, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0439087627