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Daring to Be Abigail

Rachel Vail

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ISBN 10: 0531095177 / ISBN 13: 9780531095171
Published by Orchard Books (NY), 1996
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Daring to Be Abigail

Publisher: Orchard Books (NY)

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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During her summer at Camp Nashaquitsa, eleven-year-old Abby tries to reinvent herself, while worrying about her mother, missing her dead father, and getting to know her equally self-conscious bunkmates

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Gr. 4^-6. Integrity and peer pressure are at the heart of Vail's latest novel, in which a confused 11-year-old does something she knows is wrong because she thinks it's what's expected. Abigail is determined to "reinvent" herself during summer camp and become the bold, brave girl she thinks her father, whose death still haunts her, wanted her to be. She certainly doesn't plan to remain an outsider, like her younger brother or like fellow camper Dana, whom everyone considers an obnoxious braggart. That Abigail actually likes Dana, who seems to understand her far better than do the other campers, must remain a well-kept secret. As in Wonder (1991) and Ever After (1994), Vail proves she knows about kids. She's right on target when it comes to the reality of preadolescent girls, catching how they act and what they say, their nastiness and envy and sweetness, and how confusing it is to long for independence, yet be afraid of the freedom and responsibility that come with it. This time around, however, Vail seems less sure of characters and point of view, with the latter sometimes awkwardly handled. Unlike some of her earlier books, this one doesn't have a comfortable ending. What happens is surprising (Abigail pees in Dana's mouthwash, is thrown out of camp, and is whisked off to a therapist), given Abigail's characterization as sensitive if confused (she's certainly never presented as malicious or stupid). Even so, the book still gives a pretty clear sense of how easily we bend to fit other people's expectations--when the real test of courage is being true to ourselves. Stephanie Zvirin

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