This summer nine-year-old Sarah is dreading the first day of summer vacation. It will be her best friend's birthday, and stuck-up Valerie Miller will ask Paige to join her silly Double-Digit Club, a group that ignores girls who are not ten yet. If Paige says yes, Sarah will have no friends for the whole summer because her birthday isn't until the end of August. Even though Sarah and Paige have promised to be "last, best, and only friends," Sarah is not sure Paige will be able to pass up the chance to be accepted by the most popular girls in school. In this heartfelt novel, a girl discovers the meaning of true and honest friendship and learns to face the future as a wiser and more open person.
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Marion Dane Bauer is the author of On My Honor, a Newbery Honor Book, and The Longest Night, illustrated by Ted Lewin. She lives in Minnesota.From Booklist:
Gr. 3-5. In this sharply observed look at the fraught social lives of tween girls, fourth-grade best pals Sarah and Paige make a pact: they'll never join prissy Valerie's Double-Digit Club, a clique open only to 10-year-olds. But when Paige's tenth birthday brings an invitation to become a "DDC" and she accepts, 9-year-old Sarah is left reeling from her friend's abandonment. Bauer gets Sarah's sense of loss laced with disdain just right; she speaks of Paige "going over to Valerie" in terms usually reserved for recruits to the Dark Side. Her friendship with a blind, elderly neighbor offers some solace, but her impulsive decision to "borrow" Mrs. B.'s antique porcelain doll, in a bid to win back doll-enthusiast Paige, feels somewhat forced. Even so, middle-graders will sympathize with how seemingly innocuous errors in judgment can snowball into serious trouble and respond to Mrs. B.'s gentle but firm guidance as Sarah learns the "simple but very complicated" truths about growing up. An excellent choice for fans of Sharon Creech's Granny Torrelli Makes Soup (2003). Jennifer Mattson
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Book Description Holiday House, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110823418057
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Book Description Holiday House, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0823418057