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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142310157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423101574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,919,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chicago sophomore Luisa Perez generally avoids school activities. Then she is asked to anonymously cover the school’s efforts in the citywide literacy fund-raising challenge for the school paper. Though initially reluctant, Luisa becomes columnist “Newshound,” and soon two competitions are on: one between the boys and girls to raise money; the other between Luisa and her anonymous male counterpart, “Scoop,” to get the story. As the columns become more provocative, tackling gender and relationship issues, Luisa determines to uncover Scoop’s identity. Her discovery may not surprise all readers, but even those who saw what was ahead will appreciate Luisa’s hard-won insights, particularly those about looking beyond appearances. Luisa’s descriptive first-person narrative provides compelling reading as she and the supporting characters experience struggles and achievements, at school, at work, at home, and in romance. The interspersed, dueling columns are snappy and edgy, and they empower Luisa and her friends to examine priorities in relationships, learning, and life. This enjoyable, thought-provoking battle of the sexes highlights literacy’s importance and the power of the written word to hurt, heal, and inspire. Grades 9-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld

About the Author

Longtime friends Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout met as teens. Together they have also writtenTotally Me: The Teenage Girl's Survival Guide, as well as a number of popular YA novels, includingThe Black Sheep,Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Diva in Training,andNow Starring Vivien Leigh Reid: Diva in Training. Both authors live in Toronto, Canada.

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Teens will definitely be able to relate on some many different levels.
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The romance in the book gradually grew, it wasn't just an out-of-the blue I'm in love kind of thing, but it was like a really romance which made it seem real.
It all started when the literacy teacher, Mr. Sparling, asked Luisa Perez to be a secret columnist for the school's paper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on July 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
How do you stand out when there are nine other girls in your sophomore class that share the same name as you do ¨C Luisa Perez? You don¡¯t. At least that¡¯s what Lu Perez has told herself.

However, after the first assembly of the school year at Colonel Dumpfield (excuse me, DUNFIELD) High School in Chicago, things will change for Lu. Principal Buzzkill (excuse me again, Alvarez) announces that the Mayor of Chicago is holding a Literacy Challenge. The prize ¡ú whichever school raises the most money for the cause will have a month off for winter break. Principal Alvarez decides that it will be a girl versus boy battle at Dunfield, and the team that shows the most initiative will receive three bonus days off over the spring holiday.

The battle lines have been drawn, and the school quickly goes to war trying to come up with the best fundraisers. But for Lu, the challenge is a bit different. Her English teacher, Mr. Sparling, has a proposition for her. The school newspaper wants to run anonymous articles chronicling the efforts of both sides. There will be an anonymous writer for the girls¡¯ team, and another one for the males.

What starts out as harmless banter between the two journalists dissing the opposing team¡¯s attempts at fundraising soon turns to a real battle of the sexes. Lu, still in the background, has noticed the popular girls taking up the causes written about in her anonymous Newshound articles. To make matters even more complicated, Lu is convinced that every boy that shows an interest in her is the guys' anonymous author.

Join Lu and the cast of characters that join forces to try and help Colonel Dunfield High win the precious winter break vacation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a super fast yet super cute book to read, then Girl v. Boy is for you. I absolutely adored the take on this "Battle of the Sexes," story. Up until her sophomore year, Luisa Perez has always been "just another girl." In fact, she is one of the nine Luisa Perez's in her school; un-unique to say the least. This year however, Luisa just knows something has got to change. When a teacher asks her to write an anonymous column under the penname Newshound, she knows that it is her one chance to really stand out. At first it starts out as a little banter between Newshound and another anonymous columnist named Scoop. But what starts off as friendly rivalry, turns into an all-out war. Before she even knows what's happened, Luisa's column is being printed in other schools all around her area! Just as her writing is starting to heat up, so is her previously non-existent love life. At first Luisa just seems to be going through guy after guy, something that has never happened to her before. However, none of these guys seem to work out until Joey Carella shows up. At a first glance he seems like just another undetermined guy who hangs out with her (sort of) brother in law. However, there is just something different about this guy that makes Luisa decide to keep him around. As the time nears for Luisa to the reveal her secret identity, she worries about what Joey will think. What she doesn't know is that Joey is keeping a secret too. *Cue dramatic music*. This is a super sweet novel that puts a unique twist on Battle of the Sexes. I loved the cute, sweet relationship between Luisa and Joey as well as the non-cute and very un-sweet relationship that we saw between Newshound and Scoop (we get to see their hilarious news articles in the story!). I recommend this book to all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Moore VINE VOICE on July 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Luisa Perez is one of 11 other Luisa Perez's at her school. She has no defining talent to help distinguish herself from the others. That is until her English teacher, Mr. Sparling, assigns her an anonymous column in the school newspaper. After the principal of Dunfield (Dumpfield) High announces that the school is to be competing in a Literacy contest against the other schools in the area, Mr. Sparling decides that a Girl vs. Boy column would spark intrest from the student body. The prize for winning is an extra long winter break. The student body throws itself into the competition, showing the school spirit nobody knew they had. Luisa writes her column under the alias of Newshoud while her male counterpart uses the code name Scoop. Luisa ends up dating a few guys whom she suspects of being Scoop. She finally snoops around and finds out who she thinks Scoop definitly is. She ends up hooking up with a really nice guy named Joey after many, many Dunfield Duds. Will she tell him who she is before she reveals herself to everyone else at the and of the competition Literacy Gala?

Okay while this book was enjoyable, I really could NOT stand Luisa - what a snob. She keeps mentioning how she can't believe everyone thinks she's a snob. I can believe it. Every guy she has an interaction with she's practically all over him. She talks to any male and she just leads into a "relationship" with them. After we get past Luisa being such a ditz however the book is actually a fun read. Predictable, but you still had to read until the ending just to make sure you were correct. I could not stand to put the book down or return it, until I found out everything that was going on. The characters weren't overly developed, but most of them were so shallow anyways it didn't really matter. This book was more "fun reading" then "smart reading" or rather "literature". So if you can handle Luisa whining and her general snobishness I would say read this, it's entertaining.
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