Crunch time

by Fredericks, Mariah.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA FREDERICKS Mariah
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA FREDERICKS Mariah
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Young Adult Fiction YA F FRE
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F FRE
Plum Community Library Young Adult Fiction YA FIC FRE
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA FIC FRE
Upper St. Clair Township Library Teen Fiction TEEN FREDERICKS
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
Mariah Fredericks is the author of the bestselling novel The True Meaning of Cleavage. In a starred review Booklist said, "Fredericks, a first-time novelist, writes with amazing truth and perception." Meg Cabot, author of the Princess Diaries series, called it "Laugh-out-loud funny and way twisted!" Of her second book, Head Games , Kirkus Reviews said, "Fredericks has a gift for replicating teen vernacular." Mariah Fredericks lives with her husband in Queens, New York, where she is working on more novels for young people.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 8-11. "In life there are those who count and there are nose pickers," says Leo, who along with three other juniors at his private Manhattan high school, has blown off traditional SAT prep courses and founded a private study group. The four teens--Leo, Max, Daisy, and Jane--move in different social orbits, but as they share the enormous pressures of preparing for the SAT and college applications, unlikely friendships and even romances form. Then comes the news that one student has paid another to take the SAT, and suspicions land on members of the study group. The narration, which moves briskly among the four teens' authentic voices, doesn't always allow for full character development. But as in The True Meaning of Cleavage0 (2002), Fredericks writes about high-school academics and social rules with sharp insight and spot-on humor, and the questions about social judgments and the intensity and fairness of the college-admissions process ("I guess there's no test that measures 'amazing human being,'" says Daisy) will resonate strongly with teens. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2006 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fredericks (The True Meaning of Cleavage) weaves together the experiences of four juniors who are in the throes of preparing for the SATs: Max, an intelligent test-taker and gifted writer with his sights set on Columbia; Daisy, his best friend, a popular basketball star who freezes up at test time; Leo, a hottie and a skilled tester but with no extracurriculars to his credit (thus he yearns for "the perfect score" to ensure entry to Yale); and Jane, daughter of a movie star with average scores and little idea of what she wants to do. The quartet comes together in an SAT prep course, when the teacher can't find the test booklets, and Daisy suggests they walk out. Through a first-person narrative that shifts among the four, the author convincingly portrays each character's motive for leaving the class, and for accepting Jane's invitation to study at her house. They gradually improve their scores over the course of their weekly meetings. Meanwhile, Max finally summons the courage to tell Daisy that he feels more than friendship for her, just as Leo begins calling Daisy at home. And when a brilliant senior admits that she was paid to take the SATs for someone in their class, suspicion causes the narrators to turn on one another. Even more than the mystery, teens will be intrigued by the philosophical discussion these four characters bring to light regarding what it means to be judged by standardized test scores. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Juvenile fiction.
SAT (Educational test) -- Juvenile fiction.
High schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
SAT (Educational test) -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Atheneum Books for Young Readers,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Audience Ages 12 up.
Language English
Notes "A Richard Jackson book."
Awards A Junior Library Guild selection.
Description 317 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 068986938X (hardcover)
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