A terrific novel about middle school friendship, family, fitting in, and finding out who you are when no one’s looking.
Lane Cisco loves, loves, loves her life at Rio Chama Middle School—until her offbeat cousin comes for an extended visit and turns everything upside down. With her individual sense of style and nonconformist attitude, Angelina “Mint” Taraval is everything Lane isn’t. And instead of branding her a loser the way Lane and her friends expect, people actually want to hang out with her. Including the boys Lane and her best friend, Ava, like.
When Ava comes up with a plan to ruin Mint, Lane feels stuck. She doesn’t want to be mean . . . but she doesn’t really want to stick up for her weird cousin either. Why can’t things go back to the way they were before Mint arrived?
And don’t miss Kristen’s other cool books: PROJECT (UN)POPULAR PROJECT (UN)POPULAR: TOTALLY CRUSHED CAMILLE MCPHEE FELL UNDER THE BUS THE REINVENTION OF BESSICA LEFTER BESSICA LEFTER BITES BACK
“Believable and drily funny . . . an empathetic and entertaining read.” —Publishers Weekly
“High drama so compelling middle school readers won’t realize they’re being exposed to a lesson in ethics.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Snappy, intelligent prose . . . an excellent title.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Kristen Tracy reminds us of our best and worst moments in middle school, handling both the triumphs and the mortifying moments with just the right mix of surprise and worry.” —readergirlz.com
Kristen Tracy is the author of many popular novels, including the PROJECT (UN)POPULAR series and Too Cool for This School. She lives with her family in the popular state of California. Visit her online at kristentracy.com and on Twitter at @kristen_tracy (it will make… More about Kristen Tracy
“A compelling read about problems many early-adolescent readers will find familiar. Lane and her friends are believable and recognizable . . . Their emotions will ring true with readers, no matter how far in the past middle school lies. High drama so compelling middle school readers won’t realize they’re being exposed to a lesson in ethics.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Tracy (Bessica Lefter Bites Back) gives Lane a believable and drily funny voice in this story about loyalty and the complexities of friendship and family . . . The humorous moments and ethical quandaries make it an empathetic and entertaining read.” —Publishers Weekly
“The author has a real sense of tween dialogue, relationship dynamics, and preoccupations. Readers will recognize the Lanes in their lives and root for Mint in this gentle story of friendship and individuality.” —School Library Journal
“Tracy’s snappy, intelligent prose manages the delicate feat of allowing Lane a truthful narration (“I did stuff the way you were supposed to do stuff in order to live a fantastic life”) while making clear that her viewpoint is colored by selfishness and jealousy, demonstrating the disastrous effects of the crossroads of anxiety and ego. This is also a particularly fine outing for demonstrating the way mean-girling can swiftly gather speed as Lane manages to rationalize some horrible behavior and, in loyalty to her ousted friend, makes only the feeblest resistance to a plan that would leave Mint with an undeserved criminal record. Lane’s perspective makes this an excellent title for language arts use, and it could be a productive entry in a book club for a discussion of perspective and the way we’re all the good guys in our own lives.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This lesson in learning to accept others and ourselves will hit a note with middle school students.” —Children’s Literature