Item description for New Girl In Town (Nama Beach High V1) by Nancy Rue...
Overview In the first book of the 'Nama Beach High fiction series, Laura Duffy's family moves to Satellite Beach, Florida, where she initially feels out of place at a high school where her good grades mark her as a nerd.
Publishers Description Real life stories about real life issues teens are facing today.Book one in a new StudentWare fiction series for mid-teens that deals with the challenges, problems, and excitement of becoming young women of faithWhen Laura Duffy's family moves to Satellite Beach, Florida, she feels out of place as a junior at the high school where her good grades mark her as a nerd. Mrs. Isaacsen, a school counselor, invites Laura to join a weekly group for 'conflicted' girls. There she gets to know Michelle (a sophisticated sophomore), Joy Beth (a super athlete), KJ (a freshman with an attitude), and Celeste (a junior who's friends with every hunk in the school). The girls form a bond, and as various things happen in their busy lives, they learn to use Mrs. Isaacsen's 'secret keys' as a means for coping.This is the first of four books in Youth Specialties' 'Nama Beach High series by veteran girls' fiction author Nancy Rue.
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Studio: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.99" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Feb 10, 2004
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Nama Beach High
Series Number 1
ISBN 0310243998 ISBN13 9780310243991 UPC 025986243999
Availability 0 units.
More About Nancy Rue
Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.
Nancy N. Rue currently resides in Lebanon, in the state of Tennessee.
Nancy N. Rue has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about New Girl In Town (Nama Beach High V1)?
good but for one thing Oct 3, 2004
I found "New Girl in Town" to be an enjoyable book. Laura Duffy is a Christian girl from Missouri who moves to Florida in the middle of her junior year. When she gets there she discovers that she can't do any choirs because they're full and she can't get into any AP classes except one. Top that off with how no one seems to want to talk to her and how she gets to baby sit her sister every day after school, and Laura's junior year seems to be off to a bad start.
Then Laura gets to join a group of social "outcasts" where she finds her first friend, a girl named Celeste. Ahe also meets up with a school counselor who shows Laura that there is more to her problems that meets the eye and tells Laura that if she's going to survive the changes in her life, she needs to surrender her will to Christ.
My only problem with this book is Laura's relationship with Richard. He leads her to think he likes her; then when Laura reveals her true feelings to him, he tells EVERYONE but Laura why he is avoiding her. He even tells Celeste, and Celeste turns around to Laura and says something is up but won't tell her what it is. Finally, after leaving Laura to be a nervous wreck, Richard tells her what was up-that he doesn't like her the way she thinks he does, and he can't be her everything. While I find that it was great that Richard comes out and says that Laura should be looking to God, not to him, I found Richard's actions to be anything but admirable. He doesn't tell Laura right off; instead he has to tell everyone in his youth group (including the youth pastor) and Laura's friend Celeste. And he tells them all to tell Laura nothing. He avoids her like she's got plague, and only tells her when she calls HIM to ask what is up. So basically, he wasn't being a man-he had to let the girl call him to figure out what was up. Richard's character is a far cry from how the Bible says that men should treat women. Using the cloaked dagger technique only serves to turn women into nervous wrecks; and its considered gossip to tell everyone but the person you SHOULD be talking to. Richard also put Laura's friendship at risk by telling Celeste about what was up and then swearing her to secrecy like that. What Richard should have done was this: when he got that odd email from Laura, he should have arranged time in his schedule to talk to her-to tell her that she should be looking to God, not to him, and he should have then broken it off. Instead, he does the cloaked dagger thing: he tells everyone; swears the lot of them to secrecy; waits for Laura, who is devastated, to call him, tells her over the phone that he does not like her that way while demanding she read the email he sent her ("because I explained everything there") and then tells her that she should still go to the youth group that Richard is in, despite the fact that everyone in there knows that Richard dumped Laura and is pitying her. I've met real-life guys like Richard; all they do is break hearts and cause dissention in youth and singles groups. An honest Christian guy, on the other hand, leaves the women in the group better off than they were before. Richard is a poor, pathetic excuse of a Christian guy, and I hope that the readers of this book realize that. I've met REAL Christian guys; they don't make things worse like that.
Deals with new situations and insecurities... Sep 7, 2004
After moving with her parents to Panama City, Florida away from Missouri where she grew up, 16-year-old Laura Duffy is not fitting in well as a Junior at Panama Beach High School lovingly called "Nama High" by the students.
Nama Beach High is written from Laura's point of view. Nancy Rue beautifully captures the nuances, language, and mixed-up thoughts and emotions of a typical teenager. She begins in chapter one with:
-------- "I, Laura Duffy, made a decision on October 20th of my junior year. It was a decision that rocked my world.
After three days at Panama Beach High, it was obvious that I was essentially the biggest loser in Panama City, if not on the planet, and that nobody was ever going to speak to me. Period.
My decision: I couldn't spend another lunch period pretending I didn't CARE that I was being ignored. I knew kids believed being a loser was contagious; I believed it too. I wouldn't want to be friends with me either." -------
We immediately relate to Laura and remember our own teenage inadequacies and fears of starting a new school and wishing we'd somehow melt into the pavement and not be seen or heard " EVER! For me, 'Nama . . . reminded me of that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when facing a new situation and being totally alone in the world.
We as adults have learned how to overcome our insecurities and we've gone on to conquer them (some of us have, that is). Poor Laura with "sparkling orthodontia" and "nerd" status because of her good grades is faced with total upheaval with none of her peer-group support to help her adjust and give her the confidence she needs to go on.
Laura is soon met with a violent encounter with two tough girls which leads her to the principal's office and an unwelcomed invitation from the school counselor, Mrs. Isaacsen. She then joins a group of four fellow misfits in Mrs. Isaacsen's "Mystery Group" and they begin meeting weekly. These four girls, Mrs. Isaacsen, and Laura form an unlikely bond which helps them learn about life, love, and friendships, their faith and the truths about God. And, Laura has a "Secret Admirer" who leaves her notes and curious items in her locker. There's the hint that there is also an angel sent from God to encourage her and help her grow in her faith.
-- reviewed by Susan J. Shelley for Christian Bookshelf
Good teen read Jun 13, 2004
Laura Duffy has everything going for her. She is a straight A student, has a prominent spot in her school chorus, and is popluar with lots of friends. Her life is turned upside down when her family moves out of state and she attends 'Nama Beach High, where she is too late to get into both advanced classes and chorus. Laura doesn't even have much chance at making new friends, as the only girls she talks to in the first few days just want to beat her up! Luckily, Laura's brush with juvenile deliquency puts her in touch with guidance counselor Mrs. I., whose group for girls who feel out of place is just what Laura needs. With the gentle urging of Mrs. I., Laura begins to slowly let God work in her life. But her little sister's close brush with death and the mysterious stranger who leaves objects on Laura's locker throw her off track again. Does God have a plan for Laura's life? Who is the Secret Admirer? Will Laura ever find a place to fit in? I enjoyed this book and think that many teenage girls will as well. I did like Book Two better, but it is important to read them in order so that you will know what is happening.