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Roberts, Willo Davis.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 6.7
ISBN 0689816715

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Nikki can't believe this is happening.  She is still coping with her mother's death seven months ago.  And now her father annouces that he is remarrying.  To a woman she has never met!  Her father has known Celeste for only three months and now they are getting married!  Nikki's older sister can get out of the house by staying in the dorm.  And her younger brother seems oblivious to the whole thing.  But Nikki is not happy about the situation.  And when she meets her new stepmother, she really doesn't understand what is going on.  There is something about her that bothers Nikki.  She is hiding something.  But what?  Will things from her past come back to haunt their present?

Booktalk #2

14-year-old Nikkiís mother dies and, within the year, her father marries a younger woman. Soon after the wedding, Crystal, the new step-mother, inherits a California coast beach house from her Aunt Edna. Nikkiís dad insists the family spend their vacation there. However, from the time they arrive, Crystal acts strangely. The suspense and tension builds as Nikki tries to uncover her step-momís secrets.  (Sunshine State Young Readerís Award Program, 2004-2005)

SUBJECTS:     Stepmothers -- Fiction.
                        California -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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