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The hard kind of promise / by Gina Willner-Pardo.

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Oliver Wolcott Library - Litchfield YA WIL (Text to phone) 36123120257116 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury J FIC WILLNER-PARDO, G (Text to phone) 34005118397693 Juvenile Fiction Available -

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Summary, etc.: California seventh-graders Sarah and Marjorie made a promise in kindergarten to always be friends, but Marjorie is weird and Sarah, wanting to be at least somewhat popular, makes friends with a fellow choir member.
Subject: Best friends Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Popularity Fiction
Individuality Fiction
Middle schools Fiction
Schools Fiction
California Fiction
California Juvenile fiction

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 9780547243955
The Hard Kind of Promise
The Hard Kind of Promise
by Willner-Pardo, Gina
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In this quiet, strongly realistic novel, Willner-Pardo (My Mom and Other Mysteries of the Universe) explores the intricacies of preadolescent social life, where the worst possible thing is to be "weird." Seventh-grader Sarah struggles between her devotion to her longtime best friend Marjorie-who is weird, and doesn't seem to care-and her new, cooler, but not as interesting friends. She loves and admires Marjorie for her idiosyncratic individuality but, acutely aware of social mores, cringes when she sees her through the eyes of other seventh-graders (Marjorie "was still wearing shirts with cartoon characters on them"). Mild and accepting on the outside, Sarah is inwardly obsessed with trying to understand how personality and popularity develop: "If you could just turn out weird for no reason, then maybe you could become weird out of the blue. The idea absolutely terrified her." Sarah matures in a believably clear-eyed manner as she explores a new friendship, discovers a talent for playing poker, and finds unexpected joy in singing in the school choir. Willner-Pardo's avoidance of overblown crises and dramatic climaxes creates a steadily paced, authentic story. Ages 10-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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It is common knowledge that cool people do sports; weird people do music. There are lots of rules to becoming popular in seventh grade, but no one explains them to Sarah, and she has a hard time fitting in. One thing she does know is that her longtime best friend, Marjorie, is a loser, with no fashion sense and the weirdest interests. After Sarah joins the choir, she bonds with a new friend, Lizzie, and flirts with cute Robert, and Marjorie gradually fades from the scene, except as a guilt-inducing shadow. True to Sarah's viewpoint, this novel is really the same scenario many times over, but the dialogue is right-on, and readers will recognize the vicious social warfare from the lunchroom to the school bus. Sarah's conflict between popularity and loyalty forms the drama: even though she isn't strong enough to stand up to those who rule the school, she misses Marjorie.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Gr 4-7-Sarah has always found Marjorie's odd behavior entertaining and charming. She never questioned their promise, made at age five, to be best friends forever. Then, in seventh grade, Marjorie's smelly lunches, love of old movies, and insistence that her friend play a big blue alien for her film production project cause Sarah to pull away. When she overhears a classmate call her a loser for hanging out with Marjorie, Sarah begins pursuing new friendships with girls in her choir class. These kids are classic seventh-grade-snarky, yet somehow also endearing. Sarah awkwardly tries to include Marjorie, who refuses to fall into anyone's idea of normal, while simultaneously trying to be popular and become her own person. Sarah's emotional turmoil and guilt over the changing friendship is painfully and realistically portrayed, but gentle humor keeps the story light. The sensitively drawn and satisfying conclusion will have girls nodding their heads with understanding as Sarah struggles with the promise she made years ago. A heartwarming story about life's unexpected lessons, through the eyes of a girl experiencing them for the first time.-Mandy Lawrence, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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