Nancy Tilly Golden Girl

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Golden Girl

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Twelve-year-old Penny is deeply envious of the wealth and family lives of her two best friends, not realizing that they both think she is luckier than they are.

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Grade 5-8 This enjoyable coming-of-age story is told by seventh-grader Penny, the oldest child of a hard-working lower-middle-class family. Because of Penny's sincerity and honesty, readers will have an immediate rapport with her. The main plot centers around Penny's concern for her old friend Tracey, suffering from family problems, yet a variety of subplots (including romance, a boat race and shoplifting) keep the pace moving. Characters are generally well-drawn, with the exception of Tracey, who is not well-developed and comes across as an obnoxious, self-centered child, leaving readers to wonder why Penny cares about her so much. Penny is an especially realistic character, and her anxieties are those with which other preteens will sympathize and identify. Characters and events throughout the book fit in well with the small-town atmosphere of the story. Although the situations here may be unique, Penny's discoveries about life's pains and triumphs are universal. Her understanding that, regardless of money or social status, perhaps she is as much a "Golden Girl" as are her friends, is realistically yet poignantly portrayed. An easily read, realistic and entertaining story with a number of elements that will attract preteens. Deb Andrews, Kokomo-Howard County Public Lib . , Ind.
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From Publishers Weekly:

Tilly crams so many characters and incidents into this novel that it's hard to believe in, particularly since she contrives remedies for all ills, even quite serious ones. Really the setting is more interesting: Kingsport, a North Carolina seacoast town. Penny Askew, 12, frets in her family's shabby house and deplores her parents' common tastes. She envies rich Tracey Bingham who lives with her father, separated from her promiscuous mother, but indulged in luxuries by both. When the affluent Drapers move in next to the Askews, Penny has another girl to envy, Margaret, whose intellectual parents epitomize gracious living. The three sub-adolescents become companions and, egged on by Tracey, Margaret and Penny join her in shoplifting. Later Tracey is caught taking drugs and a myriad other things happen, involving practically everyone but the tourists who swell the population of Kingsport during the summer; the author has nothing to say about them. Events are related from the viewpoint of Penny, impossibly mature and perceptive for her age.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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