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New York : Puffin Books, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 7.1
is the price of friendship? Would you allow yourself to be insulted
and controlled? Would you dump one friend at the insistence of another?
Would you do anything to be friends with the most popular girl in school?
It cost to be friends with the ever-popular Candace. Maya remembered
the day that Candace came by and asked her to “do lunch.” How lucky
she thought she was to be chosen by someone so popular. The other
girls, Renee, Darcy, and Brianna were already Candace friends, so they
were part of the package Maya received when she became one of the girls.
Once Candace was her friend, they were too. At first the cost to
Maya had been her old friends, who she gradually dropped. Later Candace
would make a comment about her that sounded mean, but of course it really
wasn't; anyway, Candace was usually right about things. It was all
worth it, being one of the girls.
But suddenly, for some unknown
reason Maya was no longer worthy to be part of the group. Candace
had dumped her. And it seemed as though the other girls were dumping
her too. What could she have done that was so horrible? What
were the other girls thinking and saying about her? How would she
face them? Is this what friendship is all about? (Gail A. King,
of South Carolina)
Friendship -- Fiction.
Behavior -- Fiction.
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