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Best Friends (Main Street


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Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series, BELLE TEAL, the Newbery Honor book A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE, HERE TODAY, A DOG'S LIFE, and ON CHRISTMAS EVE, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S, LONGER LETTER LATER and SNAIL MAIL NO MORE with Paula Danziger, and THE DOLL PEOPLE and THE MEANEST DOLL IN THE WORLD, written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick. She lives in upstate New York.


Gr 4-6-Ann M. Martin's series revolves around four friends--Olivia, Nicky, Flora, and Flora's younger sister, Ruby--living in the small town of Camden Falls. Flora and Ruby moved to the town to live with their grandmother after their parents were killed in a car accident. In this episode (Scholastic, pap. 2008), the girls experience a number of challenges and changes. When Annika, Flora's best friend from her former town, comes to visit Camden Falls during its 350th birthday celebration, friendships are put in jeopardy. Annika and Olivia, Flora's new best friend, don't get along. The girls are jealous of each other and Flora is caught in the middle. While the story primarily deals with this conflict, it also branches out into larger themes of community, dealing with difficult challenges, helping each other despite differences, and the trepidation and excitement of transitioning from elementary to middle school. Ariadne Meyers creates unique voices for a variety of characters encompassing a wide span of ages and backgrounds. Although this title can stand completely on its own, listeners will probably want to listen to/read the first three books in the series. For school and public libraries.-April Mazza, Wayland Public Library, MA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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