Friday, January 4, 2013

Cool Down by Cassie Waters-OPTIONAL

Waters, Cassie, Cool Down. Simon and Schuster, 2012. Pgs. 146. Language: G, Violence: G, Sexual Content: G

It’s almost the end of summer and, since her fight in July with Grace, Christina is feeling the pain of all of her friends going on vacation. When Mike Morris’ cousin, Nikki Angelo comes into the picture at the RSC. Nikki is funny, carefree, cool, and everything Christina has been looking for in a friend. There is one thing, however, that spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Nikki doesn’t even blink when it comes to bending the rules and getting Christina in trouble. Can Christina find a balance in her life and figure out who her true friends are?

A quick, entertaining read for girl reluctant readers. The characters are a little shallow, but endearing. The plot is simple, but fun to read. Readers who like realistic fiction, swimming, and friendship stories will enjoy reading this book. EL (4-6). OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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