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Too cool for this school, Kristen Tracy

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Too cool for this school
Title
Too cool for this school
Statement of responsibility
Kristen Tracy
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Twelve-year-old Lane Cisco has good friends, a secret boyfriend, and the position of sixth-grade captain at Rio Chama Middle School, but life gets complicated when her off-beat cousin Angelina arrives for an extended visit
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Character
Review
  • Gr 5 – 7 — Sixth-grader Lane Cisco's life near the top of the middle school hierarchy is just about perfect. She nailed her interview to be a class leader, and now she just wishes that her "secret" boyfriend would be a little more official. Then her cousin arrives for an extended visit from Alaska. Mint dresses wrong, talks wrong, and thinks wrong. Lane is sure she'll be branded a loser and hopes she doesn't bring her down with her. Lane's world is turned upside down when Mint isn't shunned. Instead, her classmates think she's cool-even the boys Lane and her BFF, Ava, are crushing on. When Ava concocts a plan to ruin Mint, Lane's loyalties are torn. The protagonist is a rather unreliable, unsympathetic narrator who doesn't gain much insight as the plot progresses, and she seems to have an inordinate amount of unsupervised time at school. Certain plot contrivances are oddly jarring, such as the abruptness of Mint's visit, Lane's parents' reluctance to tell her of the visit beforehand, and their decision to lie to the school district and share that lie with a 12-year-old, among others. Still, 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.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ --Brenda Kahn (Reviewed September 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 9, p149)
  • Lane Cisco works hard to be popular and, as a result, her life is pretty perfect. She has three amazing best friends and a “secret boyfriend” (they’ve held hands and texted, but aren’t “official” yet). Best of all, Lane has just been chosen to be sixth-grade class captain, a pinnacle of popularity. These successes are thrown into flux when her Alaskan cousin Angelina (nicknamed Mint) comes to stay for a month. Independent-minded Mint couldn’t care less about fitting in, and she ignores “girl code,” quickly befriending Lane’s secret boyfriend, Todd, and moving in on a boy that Lane’s friend Ava has a crush on. As Mint gains notoriety, Ava begins a quest to crush Mint, and Lane is torn between protecting Mint and being infuriated by her cousin’s behavior. 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. Though the plot is somewhat slow to build, the humorous moments and ethical quandaries make it an empathetic and entertaining read. Ages 10–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 24, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 25, p)
  • It's not easy being cool. Especially in the sixth grade. Lane Cisco is pretty sure grade six is going to be a smooth ride. She has the right clothes, the right friends and the right secret boyfriend. She's even chosen to be a class officer, which means pizza meetings and planning all the dances. Life is pretty great until her parents announce an extended visit from her cousin, Mint, who lives in Alaska. Mint turns out to be the kind of girl who revels in the unconventional, and Lane and her friends quickly realize that Mint is less an embarrassment and more of a threat. Tracy delivers a compelling read about problems many early-adolescent readers will find familiar. Lane and her friends are believable and recognizable, if a little interchangeable, and their dialogue among themselves rings true. The adults in the novel are less lucky; teachers are either absent or stiff, and Lane's parents display a curious lack of empathy when they require Lane to share her life with a girl who's essentially a stranger. Nevertheless, 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. (Fiction. 10-13)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10194015
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tracy, Kristen
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.T68295
LC item number
Too 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
  • Families
  • Friendship
  • Cousins
  • Conduct of life
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Too cool for this school, Kristen Tracy
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9780385740708
Lccn
2013011084
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o837923497
  • (OCoLC)837923497
Label
Too cool for this school, Kristen Tracy
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9780385740708
Lccn
2013011084
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o837923497
  • (OCoLC)837923497

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