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Fourteen and Holding Paperback – August 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Apple (August 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590437402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590437400
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,936,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Kobie, who previously starred in Thirteen, has to face high school without her best friend Gretchen. But they've agreed to keep lists of the "right things" that the elite kids do, so they can imitate and be accepted. Then Kobie finds herself on the wrong side ofa home-ec teacher and a tough girl named Jeanette. Though she seeks her guidance counselor's help, he's always too busy to listen. A well-meaning friend named Sandy only exacerbates Kobie's problems, and Gretchen, involved with her own concerns, quits trying to help. How Kobie gets all this straightened out will surprise and cheer readers who have found that adjusting to school has its problems. Ransom has a buoyant style; she understands just how complicated school and family life can be. Good fun. Ages 11-13.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Though I've published 115 books, I feel I'm just now writing the books I was meant to write. As a ninth generation Virginian, I've often written about my native state--historical fiction, nonfiction, biography. A few years ago, I decided to write funny contemporary books set in Virginia. IVA HONEYSUCKLE DISCOVERS THE WORLD (Disney-Hyperion) and REBEL MCKENZIE (Disney-Hyperion) both celebrate life in small quirky towns that can be found anywhere in the South. Where else would you find a cat named Doublewide with a fondness for pudding cups? Where else would double-first cousins be best-best friends or (in Iva's case) best-enemies? I love writing books for kids and teens that will make them laugh and inspire them to explore the richness of their own backyards, no matter where they live.




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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Stanton on April 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
I LOVED the Kobie Roberts books (Almost Ten and a Half, Going on Twelve, Thirteen, Fourten and Holding, Fifteen at Last)....Kobie was so cool in that she wasn't perfect...She was funny.. I wish there had been a "Sweet Sixteen" book in the 'series' as well...I'm almost 25 now, but I plan on keeping my Kobie books...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "stacella" on April 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
It is a travesty that the "Kobie" books are out of print! I adored reading about Kobie, and strongly feel that the few books that featured her were among the most underrated of the young adult genre in the 80s.
Like one of the other reviewers here, I am also nearly 25. Though Kobie was a little older than me (I was maybe in 5th grade when I first read about her high school adventures) she spoke of universal awkwardness. Kobie was funny and genuine, and there was nothing condescending about her. It was smart, sensitive reading. She felt like an old friend. If I have a daughter someday, hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on the Kobie books for her, as my copies fell apart a while ago. So what if she won't understand the references to Van Halen and the "cool" 80s styles? She'll have hours of good literary company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Mechlinski VINE VOICE on December 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the fourth book of the series, 14-year-old Kobie finds herself facing freshman year without her best friend. The year before, Gretchen had been in a serious car accident, which caused her to fall behind in her schoolwork and require repeating eighth grade. Naturally, she's horrified at the prospect, but determined to try making the best of her new school.

But just about everything that could go wrong, does. Like some sort of weird Murphy's Law, Kobie attracts the wrath of Jeanette, a tough older girl, and Sandy, a kindhearted follower...both of whom, in their own ways, keep getting Kobie into trouble.

When Jeanette threatens to kill Kobie, she decides to take matters into her own hands...

This book is laugh-out-loud funny, one of Ransom's finest.
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By A Customer on April 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent book and I was very sad when I heard that it was not being published any more.
This is a story about a girl who has to go to a diffrent school than her best friend Gretchen. Gretchen got into an accident last year and had to repeat a grade. That means that the girl has to go to the high school all alone. Then there is a girl named Sandy who is always following her a round. The girl wants to ditch her so she can be in the popular group, but she feels that she can't because Sandy has scoliosis. Then in home economics another girl named Jennet begins to bother, threaten and harras the girls. What will happen?
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By Emma on February 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I was very sad when I found out that it was out of print. This book is about a girl who has to go to a diffrent high school than her best friend. At her new school she gets into all kinds of adventures like wanting to be in the popular group and wanting to get away from her follower Sandy. Then Jenatte starts to give her a hard time. This is a great book for all ages.
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