Feeling like a loser compared to the other talented members of her family, ten-year-old Roxanne hopes to find success competing with her class in a television quiz show.
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Grade 4-6 Roxanne comes from a highly competitive family and she is eager to live up to their example. When her team loses the Pony League championship game because she fails to follow the coach's instructions, she is devastated. To top it all off, the coach decides that he has let his own competitive nature get out of hand, vows to reform, and becomes some sort of meditating wimp. This all gets mixed up with a ``best teacher'' TV contest and the ``Brain Teaser'' quiz show on local television. Roxanne learns that her family members aren't all as successful as she had thought, that rival Claudia Slooder doesn't have unlimited self-confidence, and that she herself isn't a loser. The story moves along quickly and will probably pull undemanding readers along to the finish, but the plot strains credulity, particularly regarding the TV station segments. None of the characters are developed beyond initial descriptions, and Roxanne herself is hard to care about one way or the other. That describes the book as well. It's not bad, just forgettable. Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, Mass.
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Book Description Troll Communications, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0816718393