Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tug-of-War by Katy Grant

Grant, Katy. Tug-of-War, 238 pgs. Simon and Schuster, 2010. $6.99. Sexual Content-G; Language-G; Violence-G. Chris’s fourth year of summer camp is going to be different, her best friend Devon is coming. In previous years (and books: Pranked, Acting Out, and Friends Forever), Chris’s best friend at summer camp is Maggie. Chris is worried that combining the friends will not end without friction—and she’s right. Devon mocks Maggie’s looks and outdoorsy nature. Maggie calls Devon “Ghosty Girl” and is equally disdainful of her lack of interest in camp activities. Can Chris remain friends with both of them at the same time in the same camp? Her resolve is tested when Maggie’s irresponsible behavior causes her to get hurt and when she blames Devon for the theft prank of her stuffed animal. The characters feel more like clichés than people, none are overly likeable. This Summer Camp Secret series installment is one you can easily skip. EL – OPTIONAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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