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Spin The Bottle Hardcover – April 17, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (April 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803731914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803731912
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,154,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–7—Phoebe is excited to be starting seventh grade. The aspiring actress is finally able to join Drama Club, a day she has been preparing for since elementary school. No more class plays but genuine productions with auditions. Then she discovers how much drama she has to endure before rehearsals start: mean divas, a crush, digestive malfunctions, and a rift between her and a friend. Despite all this, Phoebe perseveres and is disappointed to find herself cast in the Mission Choir in Guys and Dolls. Things only get worse when she finds out that everyone in the cast is expected to play spin the bottle. Phoebe's voice is funny and intelligent. She deals with teenage angst with flair and humor as she learns that staying true to yourself is more important than being popular.—Angela M. Boccuzzi-Reichert, Merton Williams Middle School, Hilton, NY
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Starting middle school is scary, but Phoebe does have her longtime best friend, Harper, to help brave the jungle warfare. Things look up when Phoebe lands a part in the drama club musical (she has only two lines, but she takes them very seriously), and dreamy Tucker seems to like her, even after she throws up at the audition. Wise Harper is too much therapist-mentor, so it adds to the story when the friends quarrel and separate. With wry comedy, Phoebe’s first-person narrative shows the school hierarchy, and adults who just don’t get it. At the core is the drama club drama, especially the rising excitement of putting on a play as first dress rehearsal and then opening night drawing near. In the triumphant climax, the friends make up, and Phoebe surprises herself by standing up to the shallow prima donnas who think they run the show. Grades 5-7. --Hazel Rochman

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on July 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Welcome to Middle School. Everything you know about school, social politics, and life in general is about to change.

Phoebe Hart has just started middle school and is on the way to fulfilling her dream of joining the Drama Club and being in a real school play. Now she is surrounded by the very people she has looked up to-- the elite of the Monroe Middle School Drama Club. She is filling her days with auditions, set building, and rehearsals. With her best friend, Harper, by her side, she is sure that the Drama Club will be everything she ever dreamed it would be.

The problem is that middle school isn't like she planned. She is in a new building with older, more sophisticated girls. There are new classes, new classmates, new boys, and a rather unfortunate public display of nerves to deal with. Phoebe is also learning that the friendliest words of advice aren't necessarily spoken by people with the best intentions. Before long, she finds herself in the middle of an epic battle between two of the top divas in school. On top of that, she is trying to avoid another seventh-grader who seems determined to befriend her (which would totally ruin her cred with the older kids!). Then there's the argument with Harper and the cute boy who reduces her to a monosyllabic, babbling idiot.

But the one looming problem that is shadowing Phoebe's days is the traditional game of Spin the Bottle that happens every year on opening night. As opening night draws closer, Phoebe is filled with excitement and dread. Will she finally have the chance to kiss her crush? What if the bottle points to someone else? Does she even really want to play? And if not, how does she get out of it?

SPIN THE BOTTLE is definitely a good choice if you are looking for something fun to read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Burch on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I quickly read through this just for the purpose of screening it for my eleven-year-old daughter (I am her 36-year-old father). I am happy to say that the book appears appropriate enough that I do not mind my daughter reading it. The story is about two friends (7th graders) that sign up for drama club and ultimately participate in a secret (secret to the kids that is) tradition of the company playing a game of spin the bottle after the first performance. I found the book innocent enough and true enough to life that it actually stirred some old childish emotions about my first kiss (kudos to the author for being able to move an adult male in what is obviously written for pre-teen females). I won't spoil the ending for you, but the main character has self-respect and integrity, and I was hoping that a coming-of-age story like this would reflect such values for my daughter. It does.
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