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My New Best Friend


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JULIE BOWE grew up in Luck, Wisconsin. Actually she grew up "out of Luck"--about a mile and half away. She is the author of the companion novel, My Last Best Friend, which is perfect "for readers who have graduated from sara Pennypacker's 'Clementine' stories, Barbara Park's 'Junie B. Jones' series, and Megan McDonald's 'Judy Moody' books," according to School Library Journal. She knows how to strum a guitar, play a really good game of foosball, and count to three in Danish (en, to, tre!). Plus, she has seen a real bog person, met Dr. Suess, and knows exactly what to do with an aebleskiver. She lives in Mondovi, Wisconsin.


Gr 3-4-Ida May returns in this sequel to My Last Best Friend (Harcourt, 2007). Her developing friendship with Stacey Merriweather and growing animosity toward Jenna Drews continue, but not without some bumps and insights along the way. Stacey and Ida discover an old mermaid night-light in Ida's attic. They decide that the lamp is magic, with the power to carry out good and bad wishes, and form a two-member Secret Mermaid Club. The mermaid has a pleasant smile until plugged in-then she exhibits a frightening grimace that makes Ida state, "her evil, glowing grin makes me pee my pants." Various family situations are well represented and lend credence to the characters' behaviors. Ida comes from a solid, two-parent family; Stacey's folks are divorced, and she lives with her mother, while her brother lives with their father; and Jenna's dad has recently lost his job, sending her family into a tailspin. Fourth-grade jealousies, problems, misbehavior, and consequences will be familiar to elementary school girls, who will enjoy this entry as much as the original.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Bowe is spot-on with Ida May's feelings....Issues surrounding divorced households are handled realistically. The unexpected twist (at the end) is believable and satisfying. Fans of Ida May will be overjoyed to read this new installment." --Kirkus Reviews (July 1, 2008)Praise for My Last Best Friend: "Delightful . . . This story is for readers who have graduated from Sara Pennypacker's 'Clementine' stories, Barbara Park's 'Junie B. Jones' series, and Megan McDonald's 'Judy Moody' books."--School Library Journal "A sweet read with a surprising ending!"--Discovery Girls magazine "Bowe successfully creates a wry, sweet, proud protagonist in Ida May whose struggle . . . hits all the right emotional notes."--Booklist

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