Sunday, October 21, 2007
My Last Best Friend by Julie Bowe
I recommend this book for: grades 3-5
Ida May is pretty sure she's not going to have fun in fourth grade for many reasons: she'll have to write in cursive, the math teachers will make her multiply and divide, and worst of all, her best friend moved away, and the only person who will really pay attention to her is Jenna Drews - and she only invites Ida over because her mother makes her. But on the first day of school she discovers that there's a new girl named Stacey who seems really nice. Ida wants to get to know her, but she's determined to not make another best friend who will just end up moving away and abandoning her. But, she eventually decides, there can't be any harm in leaving her a note . . .
This is a fun story about friendship in the fourth grade, with all the changes and insecurities that come with that year. Jenna is the ultimate in elementary school mean girls, and the parents are as clueless about that fact as many of them must be in real life . . . Ida and Stacey are well-rounded, interesting characters, despite the fact that neither of them feels like they're interesting enough for the other to want to be friends. A very enjoyable book.
But don't take my word for it . . .