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Grade 7 Up—DJ Lane lives with five other girls in a boardinghouse owned by her grandmother, a retired fashion model. As the novel opens, she discovers that her runaway roommate, Taylor, has returned. Taylor quickly resolves her differences with the other Carter House residents and in the process snags a coveted role in the school musical. Just as DJ thinks life in Crescent Cove might settle down, she is injured while saving a child from an oncoming car. Although she has become a local heroine, she struggles with the emotional and physical impact of the accident, feeling alone and insecure as her friends carry on with their lives at school. While DJ recuperates, Taylor and Eliza compete against each other in the homecoming queen contest, DJ's boyfriend reconnects with an old flame, and her volleyball teammates continue the season without her. Although each character represents a type, they are not one-dimensional. As the plot rambles along, jumping from one situation to the next, the author reveals different layers of her characters' personalities and, in the end, provides the satisfying twist of an unexpected result in the homecoming queen election. Reminiscent of Francine Pascal's "Sweet Valley High" books (Random), but with strong Christian overtones, this novel touches on a variety of issues, including prescription drug abuse, that will resonate with teens.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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With six teenage girls living under one roof, things are bound to get interesting.
Mix six teenaged girls and one ’60s fashion icon (retired, of course) in an old Victorian-era boarding home. Add guys and dating, a little high-school angst, and throw in a Kate Spade bag or two … and you’ve got The Carter House Girls, Melody Carlson’s new chick lit series for young adults!
The Carter House experiences a shake-up as one of its own returns home after an unnerving disappearing act. Then, friction grows as a school Homecoming Queen race heats up, turning friends and housemates against one another. DJ, Eliza, Taylor, Kriti, Rhiannon, and Casey show they have plenty of lessons to learn as the votes roll in. Some grow smarter and closer to God, while others seem to make the same mistakes over again.
Despite all their differences and disagreements, the Carter House girls continue to grow together, forging a bond that strengthens through hardship. Hearts CAN change and friendship paves the way for at least one girl to move closer to God. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (October 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310714907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310714903
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tina on November 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
For those of us who have enjoyed this series from the beginning, Homecoming Queen will come as no surprise. Eliza, Taylor and DJ (although, once again reluctantly) find themselves competiting against each other for the title of Homecoming Queen.

Eliza, who is the master of the suble manipulation shows more of her true colors here.

Taylor who has been basically hateful and DJ's nemesis from day 1 pulls out all the stops. and

DJ - seemes somewhat clueless and bewildered.

I love this series - all the girls have their very own distinct personalities and while I can't stand most of them, they are such fun to read. DJ needs to get a clue though - through the last 3 books, she seems to stumble through her life - always reacting - she always seems to be 2 steps behind everybody else and I have to say, its getting a little irksome!!

Still, this continues to be a very entertaining series and Carlson is great at writing YA. On to the next in the series!!!
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By CM on June 22, 2012
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In this book you see a glimpse of Eliza's competitive side. Also DJ's love life faces a problem. This book at first seems okay in the beginning, but the further more you read, the more interesting it gets. Especially at end, it gets way better.
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By Alison on October 31, 2012
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This book was very encouraging. The main character goes through a lot in this book and yet is able to work through it all. Plus at the end of each book, you want to keep reading.
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