- ISBN: 038573333X
- ISBN: 0385903502 (glb)
- Physical Description: 183 p. ; 22 cm.
- Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2006.
|Summary, etc.:||Seventh-grader Elsa moves to a new town and starts a new school where, with the help of her recently deceased mother and a magic locket that allows her to redo the last ten seconds in any situation, she attempts to become popular. Imagine having the power to turn back time. Not 100 years-just 10 seconds. Enough to take back those embarrassing missteps and wrong answers. Elsa's mom died suddenly one year ago, but she appears one night to grant Elsa do-over power. Elsa thinks she dreamt it until she utters the words the next morning and watches her whole world rewind 10 seconds. Elsa needs the do-over power to become cool at her new school. It's fun taking people's answers and being a star student one day, and gossip queen the next. Even the ultra-popular Slice Girls want to be her friend now. Elsa can re-do anything until she gets it right. So why doesn't her new life feel so perfect?|
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Gr 5-8-Elsa is having a hard time. Her mother recently died and she is moving to a new school right before the end of seventh grade. On her first day, she is ridiculed by Darcy and her friends, the ?ber-popular clique that Elsa would love to be a part of, or so she thinks. Thanks to a special appearance by her mom and a magical family heirloom, Elsa is gifted with the power of do-over: she can rewind the last 10 seconds of her life and change it as many times as she wants to, until her 13th birthday in a month's time. No, this is not a Lindsay Lohan movie; it's a typical coming-of-age, finding-yourself-among-snobs novel. Unfortunately, the writing is average and the characters are not fleshed out. Readers don't get much more than stereotypes: Elsa, the struggling newbie; Darcy, the stuck-up cheerleader; and Martin, the cute nerd. The theme is a bit too obvious and Elsa learns her lessons all too easily. Average fare, with a fast pace and lots of dialogue but little depth.-Carly B. Wiskoff, Sayville Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.