Too Cool for This School
Lane Cisco loves, loves, loves her life at Rio Chama Middle School—until her offbeat cousin comes for an extended visit and turns everything upside down. With her individual sense of style and nonconformist attitude, Angelina "Mint" Taraval is everything Lane isn't. And instead of branding her a loser the way Lane and her friends expect, people actually want to hang out with her. Including the boys Lane and her best friend, Ava, like.
When Ava comes up with a plan to ruin Mint, Lane feels stuck. She doesn't want to be mean...but she doesn't really want to stick up for her weird cousin either. Why can't things go back to the way they were before Mint arrived?
Kristen Tracy has written a terrific novel about friendship, family, fitting in, and finding out who you are when no one's looking.
Tracy delivers a compelling read about problems many early-adolescent readers will find familiar. Lane and her friends are believable and recognizable...their dialogue rings true. Their emotions will ring true with readers, no matter how far in the past middle school lies. High drama so compelling middle school readers won't realize they're being exposed to a lesson in ethics.
Tracy (Bessica Lefter Bites Back) gives Lane a believable and drily funny voice in this story about loyalty and the complexities of friendship and family...The humorous moments and ethical quandaries make it an empathetic and entertaining read.
Too Cool for This School was released in hardcover on August 6th, 2013.
Recommended for ages 9 and up, grades 4 and up.