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Guilty!: The Complicated Life of Claudia Cristina Cortez
Guilty!: The Complicated Life of Claudia Cristina Cortez
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Claudia Cristina Cortez

Guilty!: The Complicated Life of Claudia Cristina Cortez

Someone stole Anna’s money, and she thinks it was Claudia and her friends! Claudia knows they’re innocent, but how can she crack the case and clear her name? Plus, she also has to study for the quiz show, figure out whose dog is pooping in her neighbor’s lawn, babysit annoying Nick, and somehow get tickets for the Bad Dog show?

PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandClaudia Cristina Cortez
Age Level9-13 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 3/4 x 8 1/4
Page Count88



School Library Journal - Jennifer Crogan; Bucks County Free Library

"In Guilty!, seventh-grader Claudia and her friend Monica are accused of stealing from popular clique leader Anna. Learning the principle "innocent until proven guilty," Claudia tracks down the real thief, exposing other wrongdoings and earning a few extra bucks in the process. Whatever! describes the never-ending drama faced by many 13-year-olds. When longtime friend Adam wants to join Claudia and her friends' "Whatever Club," the trio must decide if letting a boy in will alter the way their club is run and, ultimately, affect their friendships. With their TV-sitcom-like tone, these books are lively and engaging. Their short sentences, changing and playful fonts, and cartoons will entice reluctant readers. Each title includes background information about the different characters and their relationship to the protagonist. Fans of Marissa Moss's "Amelia's Notebook" series (S & S) and Carol Weston's The Diary of Melanie Martin (Knopf, 2000) will enjoy Claudia and her dilemmas. Discussion questions and writing prompts are included. Jennifer Cogan, Bucks County Free Library, Doylestown, PA" - School Library Journal

January 1, 2008

Diana G Gallagher

Diana G Gallagher

Diane G. Gallagher lives in Florida with her husband, Marty Burke, five dogs, three cats, and a cranky parrot. A professional folk musician in the 1970s, Gallagher also wrote songs and dabbled in whimsical fantasy art in the 1980s. She is best known for her hand-colored print series, "Woof: The House Dragon," and she won a Hugo for Best Fan Artist 1988. "The Alien Dark" (TSR1990) was her first published novel. Gallagher has written over 70 titles, including books in the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Charmed," Smallville," and "Star Trek" series.

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