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Friends, Enemies
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Gr 6-9-Four friends are undecided about whether or not they should include the new girl, Hannah, in their group. When Tory invites the newcomer to her 14th birthday party at her mother's insistence, Hannah begins to spread rumors among the girls. They believe the half-truths about one another, and in turn doubt their friendships. Hannah is able to smooth things over, but continues to stir up trouble. The truth about Hannah's behavior is eventually revealed: her father has been imprisoned, leaving her devastated. Narrated by Tory, the story touches upon the struggle between loyalty and honesty among friends and the need to treat outsiders with sympathy, themes that will ring true for many readers. The plot snaps along at as brisk a pace as the characters' lives: everyone has a cell phone and rumors spread quickly. The relationships are strong and realistic. While the use of British terms and slang might confuse some readers, this novel will appeal to those who like contemporary stories of friendship.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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