Friends themselves, Paula Danziger and Ann M Martin are the creators of many books for young readers. Paula writes in Tara*Starr's voice in this novel, and Ann in Elizabeth's. They created the book letter by letter, neither knowing exactly what would come next. Paula Danziger lives between New York City and Woodstock and enjoys travelling and collecting beaded and sequinned shoes, and her idea of gardening is to plant wooden tulips. Ann Martin lives in Boiceville, NY and enjoys sewing and needlework, and her idea of travelling is to move from one room in her house to another.
Gr 6-8-The adventures and friendship of Elizabeth and TaraHStarr continue in this sequel to P. S. Longer Letter Later (Scholastic, 1998), in which two best friends are separated by a move at the onset of seventh grade. Told through the girls' e-mail correspondence, the story picks up where the first book left off. Elizabeth is still adjusting to living without her alcoholic father and TaraHStarr is trying to accept the imminent arrival of a dreaded new sibling. The theme of sustaining a long-distance relationship is peppered with other challenges characteristic of junior high school: making new friends, finding one's niche, dealing with parents and siblings, getting grounded, and having and losing boyfriends. Each issue is met with typical adolescent enthusiasm (exclamation points abound), but the personalities of the two girls remain strong and distinct in spite of an adult voice that sometimes creeps through. The e-mails resemble regular snail-mail letters-not what you might expect from eighth graders (there isn't a single dirty joke or chain letter in the entire book), but they lend immediacy to the story. Though this book lacks the energy and freshness of the first one, fans will find it to be an enjoyable sequel.-Linda Bindner, formerly at Athens Clarke County Library, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Emotions well written, as you would expect from this pairing. * THE BOOKSELLER * P.S. Longer Letter Later has two attractive main characters, and it is a lively and engaging duet without a sour note. Given both authors' propensity for writing series, is it unreasonable to expect a sequel? * NEW YORK TIMES * If Danziger and Martin had been childhood pen pals, their correspondence might have read much like this strikingly insightful epistolary novel. Each known for a finely tuned ear to her audience, the venerable authors here do a splendid job of creating a story based on the letters exchanged between 12 year old best friends, one of whom has just moved to another state. The authors' distinctive voices give the collaboration a rare spontaneity and realism...Given Danziger's and Martin's penchant for continuing storylines, readers can only hope that this will be an ongoing correspondence. * PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY *
With just a glance at the cover of this alternately funny and poignant sequel, fans of Danziger and Martin's P.S. Longer Letter Later will know that pen pals Tara*Starr and Elizabeth have entered the 21st century. The best buddies, whose friendship evolved from daily visits to eagerly anticipated missives sent via postal carrier in the first novel, now have traded pencil for mouse. Danziger and Martin make the most of e-mail technology. When Tara*Starr's mother encounters a bumpy point in her pregnancy, readers sense the tension mounting as Elizabeth's barrage of concerned "instant messages" goes unanswered; at one point, Tara*Starr even chides Elizabeth that she probably prefers the more deliberate nature of letter-writing to e-mail. With electronic correspondence spanning Elizabeth's summer visit to Tara's new Ohio home, the start of eighth grade, friendships with boys that metamorphose into more and weightier family issues, this book speaks just as authentically to middle graders as the authors' previous title did. The two characters approach life differently enough that there will likely be a response or suggestion that resonates with every reader, and both heroines share one important trait: they are all heart. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.