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Trudy Phillips, new girl; Hardcover – 1953


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Whitman (1953)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007FF602
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,241,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By #1fan on October 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift for my mom. It was the only book she read more than once as a young girl, and she was really thrilled to receive it, and is enjoying re-reading it now.
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By Sarah Marie on August 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a 1953 book and is the first in a two-book series about a girl entering junior high school for the first time. She and her family have just moved to the town, so it's mid-October. She has a younger, very annoying, brother.

At the school she sees a girl named Gloria who is rich. They are divorced and are connected to Hollywood. She seems to be quite full of herself and imperious in her own way. Trudy makes friends right off, one of them using the moniker of Spooky (she's a girl; it's not Mulder.)

The book's first issue is that of being left out of things. Gloria has a party but does not invite certain people, including Trudy, to the party, so Trudy and her friends have their own party. Then Trudy has to debate Gloria in class and, unexpectedly, she wins, which leads to the second issue of the book.

A series of small thefts start to happen. An undercover woman on the police force is brought in but makes a very poor teacher, standing out way to much. This reminds me of two things that happened in schools I went to. In one the police seemed to want to put an undercover person, probably a narc, in the classroom. They didn't take into account that the guy they placed there was huge, far taller and bigger than any other student. Everyone knew immediately the guy was a fake. The teacher had assigned us an essay to do dealing with science but the guy, from what I heard, told the teacher he wanted to do his on football. The teacher, actually realizing the guy was a plant, said sure. In a short time the guy stopped coming to class.

The other time was in high school where there was a lot of trouble and potential violence going on. The police put undercover detectives in the hall.
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By Geezer on March 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A nice book from my tween years, 60 years ago. What fun to find out how much a purebred dog cost back then!
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