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New Girl in Town ('Nama Beach High, Book 1) Paperback – February 9, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (February 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310243998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310243991
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,526,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Real life stories about real life issues teens are facing today

Book one in a new StudentWare fiction series for mid-teens that deals with the challenges, problems, and excitement of becoming young women of faith

When Laura Duffy’s family moves to Satellite Beach, Florida, she feels out of place as a junior at the high school where her good grades mark her as a nerd. Mrs. Isaacsen, a school counselor, invites Laura to join a weekly group for "conflicted" girls. There she gets to know Michelle (a sophisticated sophomore), Joy Beth (a super athlete), KJ (a freshman with an attitude), and Celeste (a junior who’s friends with every hunk in the school). The girls form a bond, and as various things happen in their busy lives, they learn to use Mrs. Isaacsen’s "secret keys" as a means for coping.

This is the first of four books in Youth Specialties’ ‘Nama Beach High series by veteran girls’ fiction author Nancy Rue.

About the Author

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

For over thirty years, Youth Specialties has worked alongside Christian youth workers of just about every denomination and youth-serving organization. We're here to help you, whether you're brand new to youth ministry or a veteran, whether you're a volunteer or a career youth pastor. Each year we serve more than 100,000 youth workers worldwide through our training seminars and conventions, resources, and on the Internet. SPANISH BIO: Por mas de treinta anos Especialidades Juveniles a trabajado con lideres de jovenes cristianos de todas las denominaciones. Estan alli para ayudarle, sin importar si es un joven ministro o un veterano, un voluntario o un pastor de carrera. Cada ano apoyan a mas de cien mil lideres alrededor del mundo a traves de seminarios de entrenamiento, convenciones, recursos y la Internet.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christian Bookshelf on September 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
After moving with her parents to Panama City, Florida away from Missouri where she grew up, 16-year-old Laura Duffy is not fitting in well as a Junior at Panama Beach High School lovingly called "Nama High" by the students.

Nama Beach High is written from Laura's point of view. Nancy Rue beautifully captures the nuances, language, and mixed-up thoughts and emotions of a typical teenager. She begins in chapter one with:


"I, Laura Duffy, made a decision on October 20th of my junior year. It was a decision that rocked my world.

After three days at Panama Beach High, it was obvious that I was essentially the biggest loser in Panama City, if not on the planet, and that nobody was ever going to speak to me. Period.

My decision: I couldn't spend another lunch period pretending I didn't CARE that I was being ignored. I knew kids believed being a loser was contagious; I believed it too. I wouldn't want to be friends with me either."


We immediately relate to Laura and remember our own teenage inadequacies and fears of starting a new school and wishing we'd somehow melt into the pavement and not be seen or heard " EVER! For me, 'Nama . . . reminded me of that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when facing a new situation and being totally alone in the world.

We as adults have learned how to overcome our insecurities and we've gone on to conquer them (some of us have, that is). Poor Laura with "sparkling orthodontia" and "nerd" status because of her good grades is faced with total upheaval with none of her peer-group support to help her adjust and give her the confidence she needs to go on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly on June 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Laura Duffy has everything going for her. She is a straight A student, has a prominent spot in her school chorus, and is popluar with lots of friends. Her life is turned upside down when her family moves out of state and she attends 'Nama Beach High, where she is too late to get into both advanced classes and chorus. Laura doesn't even have much chance at making new friends, as the only girls she talks to in the first few days just want to beat her up! Luckily, Laura's brush with juvenile deliquency puts her in touch with guidance counselor Mrs. I., whose group for girls who feel out of place is just what Laura needs. With the gentle urging of Mrs. I., Laura begins to slowly let God work in her life. But her little sister's close brush with death and the mysterious stranger who leaves objects on Laura's locker throw her off track again. Does God have a plan for Laura's life? Who is the Secret Admirer? Will Laura ever find a place to fit in? I enjoyed this book and think that many teenage girls will as well. I did like Book Two better, but it is important to read them in order so that you will know what is happening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
"New Girl in Town" is a fast-paced Christian young adult novel. The characters were complex and realistic and dealt with realistic struggles. Laura, the main character, is very frightened and feels like she's a Nobody who has lost all control of her life. She defines being Somebody by her activities, her grades, and having a boyfriend, but all of that is taken away and she has to come to terms with who she is without them. The story even made me cry in sympathy for Laura.

There was some God talk, mainly about surrendering your circumstances to God and about listening to Him. I liked the overall message, but the story got a little supernatural at the end (like her 'hearing' a mysterious but real vine whisper God's words in her mind).

The were no sex scenes. There was a very minor amount of both explicit and fake bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this touching novel.
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By M. Raney on November 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Mrs. Rue enters high school and explores bullying to the extreme, teen depression, and the need to fit in.

Main character Laura moved to a new city, starts a new school and feels completely alone and out of place. This book was a real tear jerker for me because I experienced many of the same feelings when I was in high school 25 years ago.

I don't think adults realize the stress teens deal with and the devastating effects it has on young people, emotionally, physically and spiritually. New Girl in Town delves into these dark areas that adults tend to ignore in themselves and in their teens.

New Girl in Town is a book for high school age girls as it touches on more grown up themes. I'd like to continue the series to see if I'm right in who I believe Laura's secret admirer is and how the girls in "group" open. bond, and develop their friendship.

I'd like to thank Zondervan for providing this book for my personal and honest review.
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More About the Author

Nancy Rue is the author of 122 books, including 11 novels for adults, 17 for teens, and 61 for tween readers, as well as 2 parenting books, 33 non-fiction books for tweens and teens, and the features for the FaithGirlz Bible. Her Lily Series, published by Zondervan, has sold well over one million copies. Her ability to relate to a wide audience has made her a popular radio and television guest and an in-demand speaker and teacher for writer's conferences across the country. She has been a regular keynoter for The Young Writer's Institute, Virtuous Reality Ministries, and Zondervan's Beauty of Believing Tour for FaithGirlz. Nancy is the cofounder of the Writers Workshops held annually at Glen Eyrie, Colorado and also offers a one-one-one Writing Mentorship program and two-day intensives for small groups of writers. Her latest titles include the Christy Award winning Reluctant Prophet trilogy for adult readers (David C. Cook) The Whole Guy Thing (Zondervan) for teens, and the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy for tweens (Tommy Nelson, as well as the first of three novels written with Rebecca St. James for the New Adult audience. The Merciful Scar. A student of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, sponsored by the Upper Room, Nancy continues her own spiritual journey even as she writes and speaks for mothers, daughters, and would-be writers about theirs. For more information, visit her website at Nancy's biggest passion is for anti-bullying, and is the co-founder with Thomas Nelson of the movement SO Not Okay.

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