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The Kind of Friends We Used to Be

by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Published by Atheneum, 2009
234 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4169-5031-8

Ages 10 - 13

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Kate and Marylin were inseparable before their friendship fell apart the first year of middle school. Now they are working to make things right again. But they’re so different. Kate adores her new combat boots as much as the electric guitar she’s determined to learn to play. Marylin is starting seventh grade near the top of the social order as a cheerleader, albeit far from the leader of the pack. Marylin feels embarrassed for Kate at times, even as she dreads navigating the minefield of personalities and power plays that Kate somehow seems to ignore. For both girls, the surprising new friendships they develop with others help them find solid footing, both in their understanding of themselves and in their relationship with each other. Frances O’Roark Dowell continues the story she began in The Secret Language of Girls (Atheneum, 2004) with a novel that stands on its own as it moves fluidly between the lives and emotions of its characters, capturing anxieties of adolescence with depth, honesty, and tenderness. CCBC Categories: Fiction for Children  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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