Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Book Review: Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick

Book Description:
For the mother-daughter book club, everything changes in eighth grade.
Could the book club break up? When Jess is offered an anonymous scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, she's not sure that leaving home -- and her friends -- is what she wants to do. Meanwhile Megan's grandmother comes for a long visit and turns everything in the Wong household upside down; Emma crusades against her middle school's new uniforms; and Cassidy
finds out there's a big change ahead for her family.

Inspired by Jess's unexpected opportunity, the book club decides to read Jean Webster's classic Daddy-Long-Legs, and there's an added twist this year when they become pen pals with the girls in a book club in Wyoming. There's plenty to write to their new friends about, from a prank-filled slumber party to a not-so-secret puppy -- and even a surprise first kiss.

In this third book in the beloved Mother-Daughter Book Club series, the girls learn that as long as they have one another -- and a good book -- they're ready for whatever eighth grade has in store!

My thoughts:
I was really looking forward to reading Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick and I was not disappointed. In the Mother-Daughter Book Club they not only read Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster, but also Dear Enemy, the sequel to Daddy Long Legs, and Just Patty, another book by Jean Webster, which I have never read. This story was a lot of fun to read and even the whole "first kiss" thing was dealt with very humorously. I think Dear Pen Pal has been my favorite of this series, and it added two more books to my TBR list.

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