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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Two Classic 1980's Scholastic books

"Your Former Friend Matthew"Louann Bigge
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Not many books focus on friendships between boys and girls at least without not being romantic toward the end.  This classic from  1980's Scholastic Book book club feature Gail and Matthew who have been friends since childhood.  However, when Matthew comes back from camp he totally changes. He just wants to hang around the guys. Gail thought her mother would make her feel better but she gets no help there. Gail copes by making new female friends. One is Amanda, an affluent girl whose mother died a few years before and Julie, a studious girl. While trying to figure things out, Gail gets lost on a subway and embarasses Matthew in front of his friends. The author does a good job of capturing teen angst and growing pains. It will probably be enjoyed by 10-13 year olds but even adults will  like it.

"Prisoners at the Kitchen Table" Barbara Holland

What happens when you talk to strangers? Josh and Polly find out fast. Polly is an afflunet girl who has everything anybody could want while Josh lives a modest life. He likes to watch tv so much that his mother forced him outside on a chilly fall afternoon. While he is fishing, he meets up with Polly. A couple claiming to be her aunt and uncle. They offer to give th ekids a ride home. Josh is skeptic but goes along anyway. They soon find themselves miles from town in an abandoned cabin. The kidnapers demand $10000 for each
 kid for their safe return. All they do is watch TV and eat pizza. Will they ever escape? This teaches agod lesson in not talking to strangers.

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