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This multiple-viewpoint novel explores several days in the life of a middle school clique that suddenly shuns one of its members. With poignant, painful detail the author takes us into the mind of each girl involved, brilliantly illuminating the problem of girl-on-girl meanness. Must listening for middle school girls---and the parents who love them!

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.94" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.31 lbs.
Binding  Audio Cassette
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   Full Cast Audio
ISBN  1932076069  
ISBN13  9781932076066  

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More About Amy Goldman Koss

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Amy Goldman Koss is the author of several highly praised teen novels, including "The Girls," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and ALA Quick Picks Top Ten selection, and an IRA Young Adult Choice. She lives in Glendale, California, with her family.

Amy Goldman Koss currently resides in Glendale, in the state of California. Amy Goldman Koss was born in 1954.

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1Books > Audiocassettes > Children's Books > General
2Books > Audiocassettes > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Girls & Women > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Friendship > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Peer Pressure

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J. Ogdens's Book Review  Apr 10, 2008
The Girls

The book The Girls, by Amy Goldman Koss, is about a clique of girls in middle school. Maya, Renee, Brianna, Darcy, and Candace are all of the girls in the clique. Candace decides that she doesn't like Maya and kicks her out. After Maya leaves the clique, the clique falls apart because Brianna and Renee didn't think that Maya should have been kicked out but they couldn't stand up to Candace and tell her.

This book is enjoyable to read because readers can connect with the characters and how they felt because they go through conflicts that middle schoolers go through. The author wrote the book so that each girl narrates her own chapter, which makes their different feelings clearer. The descriptions are written strongly, so you can really visualize what's happening. This is a great book for middle school girls.
It sticks with you...  Jan 17, 2008
I read this book when I was 11 years old. I am now 18 and remember it to this day. This is an extremely powerful book that I would recommend to any middle school girl. Middle school is a very difficult time for girls socially and this book acts like a mirror. Whatever experience you had/have it made me feel like I was not alone. And at that age no girl is ever alone. If you have young daughters I really do urge you to have them read this novel. It's stuck with me for a very long time.
Ashley's Review  May 7, 2007
The Girls, by Amy Goldman Koss is a short and meaningful novel about four girls who are considered lucky to be part of Candace's clique and become popular fast. But as their friendship starts to fall apart and Candace starts to not like one of the girls, she then decides to ostracize Maya, one of the girls from her clique; and not invite her to their sleepover. The other girls need to decide whether or not to stay with Candace and pretend nothing happened or be a good friend and go with Maya. What would true friends do?

The Girls is a great book about how middle school girls have their differences and similarities about each other and the way they act. Amy Goldman Koss writes her novel in a way that any reader can understand and enjoy if he or she likes drama and conflicts. This is an enjoyable book and most middle school girls who like to read fiction and dramatic books will like reading this book. This book really makes readers think about how they would want to be treated and it makes people think before their actions are too late
Could Use More Depth  Apr 24, 2007
The five girls--Candace, Brianna, Darcy, Renee and Maya--have been best friends for awhile. That's not exactly accurate, though. In reality, Candace is the ruler of all of them and the others do exactly what she says, so they won't lose her good favor. It is worth bowing to her will in order to be popular and to be associated with Candace.

Suddenly, though, Candace has decided that she doesn't want Maya in their group of friends anymore. Immediately, Darcy throws a slumber party and invites the other girls but not Maya. At the party, she also makes a mean phone call to Maya in order to make sure Candace knows where her loyalty lies.

Darcy knows solidly where she stands, but Brianna and Renee aren't as sure. Brianna doesn't always like what Candace says, and Renee feels miserable about being a part of something that makes her friend Maya feel so lousy. She is afraid to speak up, though, because she senses that Candace could just as easily turn on her as anyone else.

This story was horrifyingly familiar and honest. I know few females who haven't gone through something like this in their middle school or high school lives. I liked the format of this book, with the different points of view. I found Candace's section especially intriguing but not very enlightening. There wasn't much explanation for Candace's cruelty toward her friends, and there was no explanation at all for how she had all of the power she did. I would have been fascinated to find out what it was that made her the one everyone was so desperate to have for a friend.
Just Plain Excellent  Feb 10, 2007
Maya, Renee, Darcy, Brianna, and Candace are in the same clique, but 'friends' might be too strong a word. Candace, the unquestioned leader, gets to know somebody she thinks is cool, and the other four act happy about it. Still, they persevere, inviting each other to sleepovers, ruling the school together. The entire friendship though, is hugely one-sided, everything relying on Candace. This becomes painfully clear when, without any explanations, Maya is deemed unworthy. And now she's just...out. The remaining three girls deal with Maya's new nobodiness in their own ways(ignoring it, obsessing over it, etc.) All the girls are very realistic. Candace your typical popular girl everyone is terrified of, Maya is crushed and despairing about ever having a social life again, Darcy is pretty much your average simpering toadie, and Renee and Brianna want to be nice to Maya, but are afraid of Candace's wrath. This was a wonderful book. It was so refreshing to read something from the points of view of everybody involved, not just the victim. I know some people whine about never knowing why Maya was suddenly kicked out, but really, to me that just adds another layer of realism. Who can fathom the mind of the popular girl/huge bully(very interchangable roles)? Really, I doubt Candace herself knows. I simply laughed out loud at the darkly humorous ending, which is not narrated by any of the five main characters, but an entirely new girl, Nicole, indicating Candace is probably starting up a new 'girl collection'. This is a great book and I would recommend it to all girls between the ages of 10-14.

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