From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5?Bolivia, Derek, and Rory, from Hot & Cold Summer (1984), The Cold & Hot Winter (1988), and The Up & Down Spring (1993, all Morrow), are back together while Bolivia's parents are on an archaeological dig in Turkey and Bolivia is staying with her great-aunt and uncle. As she makes new friends, Rory becomes so jealous that he retaliates with poison pen mail and becomes obnoxious. With Bolivia's help, he comes to understand the significance of the age-old maxim, "make new friends, but keep the old." Bolivia's letters to her parents add another dimension to the story, as she seeks their advice about her problems. As the story ends, she must decide whether she wants to join her parents in Turkey after their Christmas homecoming or remain with her friends in New Jersey. The author once again exhibits her understanding of young people and imbues her characters with individual characteristics. Humor, pathos, and adventure abound in this engaging story about a common childhood dilemma?possessive friends. News that a new Johanna Hurwitz book is in the library will travel very quickly. Keep the reserve list ready.?Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY
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Gr. 4^-6. Living with her great-aunt and great-uncle while her parents are away, 11-year-old Bolivia starts sixth grade in an unfamiliar school, but friends Rory and Derek make the transition easier. Bolivia becomes involved in school projects, discovers a nest of feral kittens, suffers with poison ivy, and makes new friends despite Rory's possessiveness. In letters appended to each chapter, Bolivia tells her parents about her adventures and adjustments. Rory's attempts to control Boliva are a bit belabored, but Bolivia's predicaments are very real, and the various story elements fit together seamlessly. This last installment of seasonal tales about spunky Bolivia, including The Up & Down Spring (1993), should please her many fans. Linda Perkins
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