Friday, July 2, 2010

After All, You're Callie Boone

After All, You're Callie Boone
by Winnie Mack

Fifth grade is ending and summer is just beginning for 11 year-old Callie Boone.  Things are changing all around her.  While Callie wants to keep things the way they are, her "friend" doesn't and abandons her without telling her why.

Now Callie is facing her first summer without her best friend, without sleepovers, and without someone to hang with during the long, boring days.

Instead, she's looking at a summer of being stuck at home with her daytime TV addict of a grandma, her uncle and his ferrets, her 3 year-old brother (who's not yet potty trained), her 15 year-old brother (who's got a potty mouth), and not much else.

That is, until Hoot moves in on her block and things change radically.

But is Callie ready to change with them?

Final thoughts: This is a nice, safe read about friendships and growing up.  Callie is faced with some hard choices and she reacts like many 11 year-olds.  She can be angry and temperamental, but also very generous.  A nice coming-of-age story for the elementary/middle school girl.

Rating: 4/5

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