Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pies & Prejudice

Pies and Prejudice (The Mother-Daughter Book Club) by Heather Vogel Frederick (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2010).

This installment of the excellent Mother-Daughter Book Club series finds the girls starting high school and facing the loss of one of their friends. Emma is moving to England for a year! Luckily, videoconferencing will enable their discussion of this year's book--Pride and Prejudice. Frederick does an excellent job of incorporating elements of Austen's classic into this modern rendition as hockey player Cassidy overcomes her initial dislike of ice dancer Tristan, whose family has moved to Concord for the year and is living in Emma's house through a house exchange program. Emma loves Austen and England, but clashes with snooty Annabelle, who happens to be Tristan's distant cousin and dance partner. As a surprise, the girls in Concord decide to start a pie business to make enough money to bring Emily home for spring break, hence the book's title (and the name of their business).

Good clean fun for younger teens. Recommended for ages 11 & up.

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