Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Sandoval, Lynda.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2004
ISBN 068986440X
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So, what does YOUR daddy do? Has that ever gotten in the way of your social life?
What if your daddy was:
• the chief of police?
• the vice pricipal of your high school, the football coach, and the driver’s ed instructor all rolled into one?
• a famous and fabulously wealthy musician?

That’s the dilemma shared by Lila, Meryl and Caressa, three social outcasts in White Peaks, Colorado all because of their daddies. They are all cute enough, bright enough, and talented enough, but what boy in his right mind would be BRAVE enough to date one of them when the girls have fathers like that?

These three desperate girls decide to take their dateless matters into their own hands. At midnight on the night of Homecoming, they convene to conduct a Dumb Supper- dumb as in silent-which is a traditional ritual from 17th century England. They hope to reveal the identities of potential boyfriends- maybe even prom dates. But, despite their excellent planning, everything goes wrong. They are interrupted before they can carry out the supper. Yet… three guys are revealed. But, how could that be? And, perplexingly, some of the guys are not who the girls wished for at all. Did the supper somehow work, or was it fate?

It may surprise you to find out that the author, Linda Sandoval, is a police officer-turned-writer. Nevertheless, you will laugh out loud with this book, and hope for a sequel!
Booktalk by Kathy Caldwell, Woodward Middle School Library.  Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award nominee, 2006-2007

SUBJECTS:     Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
                        Teenage girls -- Fiction.
                        Teenage boys -- Fiction.
                        Teenagers -- Fiction.
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