Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Harrison, Lisi. 
Boston : Little, Brown, 2004
ISBN 0316701297

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Claire is the new 7th grade girl at an elite New York private school.  Although she’s a pretty blonde, she’s not like the other students: her clothes are out of date and not top designer names, and her family has no money.  Claire’s father is friends, though, with the leader of the popular girls, Massie Block.  Claire would like to be friends with Massie and her clique.  But when Massie’s parents try to make her include Claire with her group, Massie and her friends rebel by constantly humiliating Claire in public and saying and doing cruel things to her.  However, Claire’s not going to lie down and roll over.  They all underestimate her ability to fight back.  (Davinna Artibey,  Denver Center for International Studies, DPS, CO)

Booktalk #2

he Clique by Lisi Harrison is about four girls, Massie, Dylan, Kristen, and Alicia. They are the rich and popular girls at Octavian Country Day School. Massie is the meanest and the leader of them all.  Massie’s family welcomes the Lyons Family who is Mr. Block’s (Massie’s Dad) old buddies from college to stay at their guest house, because they just moved to Westchester and needed a place to stay. They have a daughter named Claire who is Massie’s age, but she and Massie are very different. Massie says True Religion jeans with a Juicy Couture blouse and matching Prada bag, Claire says overalls with a floral turtleneck and a purse from target for ten dollars.  Will Massie and Claire become friends? Or will the matters just get worse!? Read The Clique to find out.
 I recommend this great book to any girl who has a hard time with girls and making friends. It’s about growing up and getting thorough life and dealing with mean girls.  (Isabella K., student)

SUBJECTS:     Cliques (Sociology) -- Fiction.
                        Social classes -- Fiction.
                        Middle schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Westchester County (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
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