Stauffacher, Sue Cassidy’s Guide to Everyday Etiquette (and Obfuscation) 294 pgs. Random House (Knopf) 2015. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
When Cassidy’s great grandmother dies, 11-year-old Cassidy receives Emily’s Post’s books and 10 weeks of etiquette lessons as her inheritance. She would have rather had hobo lessons. Cassidy wants to be a “knight of the open road” when she grows up. Not willing to make the best of it, Cassidy goads a friend into helping her play a prank on Miss Melton-Mowry, the manners teacher, which goes terribly awry. Now Cassidy is in real trouble! Her punishment? She has to be the example of a worst case etiquette makeover and show that she has learned perfect manners at a fancy dinner at a country club!
This is book is full to bursting with subplots, all about Cassidy. The new girl next door has caught the eye of Cassidy’s best friend (12-year-old Jack); Cassidy has an extreme fear of bugs; Delton, the weird kid from school is in her etiquette class, and wants to get some “daring do” lessons from Cassidy. Also, Cassidy is naughty and quite rude and seems to think that she has no control over that. That it's her titanic karma not her choices that cause all her problems. I hope a middle school reader can see through this. Several funny situations, adventurous and quirky Cassidy will probably irritate adults, but kids may find her endearing.
MS - OPTIONAL Lisa Librarian