Dear Pen Pal (Mother Daughter Book Club Series, Simon and Schuster, 2009)

February 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Megan, a budding fashion designer resents being an only child. She is angry that her mother is so different from her and never seems to have fun.  Fortunately, her grandmother, also a fashion fanatic, has much in common with Megan and comes from China for a long visit.  This year, Jess attends 8th grade at a local private boarding school, funded by a mysterious anonymous donor. Emma, this year’s school newspaper editor, learns the power of the pen and writes an editorial about the new school uniforms, which causes quite a stir.  Sports jock Cassidy, begins to feel abandoned by her sister’s choice to attend college on the west coast, and the arrival of a new step-sibling while also adjusting to life with her new stepfather. Meanwhile, one of the Mom’s re-connects with an old friend from Wyoming, who is part of a Mother-Daughter book club. Both groups read Jean Webster’s Daddy-Long-Legs. Each girl in the Concord, Massachusetts club is paired with a pen pal in the Wyoming group, which creates new challenges about making judgments, and how their initial perceptions about others can be distorted. The many characters in this book, including the moms, develop and grow.  Having never read the first two books in the series, this book can stand alone and is enjoyable and honest.  Fans of this popular series will surly appreciate the third book, and look forward to the fourth, as it ends with interesting possibilities to be taken to the next level. For ages 9 – 12.

J Fiction, Recommended—Anne Beier  (HenHud)

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