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Claudia and Monica: Freshman Girls


It's homecoming week, but everything is going wrong.

PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandClaudia and Monica: Freshman Girls
Age Level9-13 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-6
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 x 7
Page Count144
Paper Over Board



VOYA - Laurie Cavanough

"These hi-lo stories of freshman-year romances, parties, shopping, and dating will feed middle school girls’ fantasies about how much fun high school will be:  how charming the boys, how best buds will develop into cute boyfriends, and how said boyfriends will have cars, play in bands, and be stars of the football team, even though they are only freshmen or sophomores. Narrating alternating chapters, main characters, Claudia and Monica, may be familiar to some from the author’s earlier books about the two friends in middle school. Now in their first year of high school together, Claudia and Monica’s friendship is tested in the usual ways—new friends, blossoming romances, the siren call of the popular crowd—but it is never long before they are BFFs again. These short, squeaky-clean, undemanding school stories may engage reluctant female readers or appeal to more advanced readers who will whip right through them. (Covers dotted with hearts ensure that no middle school boy will pick these up, reluctant reader or not.) Claudia and Monica’s interests center around their boyfriends and their interests, with their own friendship taking a backseat, though perhaps only temporarily. Although covers of the earlier books depict Claudia as Hispanic and Monica as African-American, the race or ethnicity of any of the characters is not mentioned in this pleasant but unexciting new series. This is an unobjectionable addition to any middle school or even elementary school library." - VOYA

August 1, 2012

Library Media Connection - Melinda W. Miller

"This series is one story divided into four books, a hi-lo offering. The stories focus, in alternating chapters, on two ninth-grade girls who are best friends. They have their ups and downs, but they always make up and share those things best friends always share. In the first story, it is the start of the new school year, centered on fitting in and being one of the popular crowd. The other titles continue to deal with school life and teen issues. All the stories are fairly quick reads, none are very deep in either plot or character development. Middle school students, especially those who are reluctant readers, will enjoy them. There is lots of kissing, but no strong language or issues, making these a safe choice for tweens. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

November 1, 2012

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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