Reviews for Best Friends and Drama Queens
Booklist Reviews 2008 November #2
Allie looks forward to starting school again after winter vacation, but the arrival of a new girl, Cheyenne, changes everything. Within days, Cheyenne gathers a clique, starts a chase-and-kiss game at recess, and bullies most of her classmates into pairing off and "going with" each other, even though they re not sure exactly what that means. Using Allie s fresh voice and believable fourth-grade perspective, Cabot gets across her "let children be children" message in a way that will make sense to other kids. The third Allie Finkle s Rules for Girls book sympathetically portrays the broad emotional range of fourth-graders. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #3
Allie is thrilled when she learns there'll be a new girl in her fourth-grade class-and that she's from Canada. But as it turns out, Cheyenne is not very friendly, and she calls Allie and her friends immature. Soon, Cheyenne has taken over Room 209, forcing her classmates to "go with" one another and chasing boys in order to kiss them at recess (prompting one of Allie's rules: "Just because something is popular doesn't mean it's good"). Cheyenne even has a spa slumber party, specifically inviting everyone except Allie and her friends. Refusing to give in, Allie has her own sleepover, way more fun than Cheyenne's, and ends up telling Cheyenne off. Known for her books for teens, Cabot demonstrates in this third entry in the Allie Finkle's Rules series a talent for empathizing with middle-graders, too. Without being condescending or saccharine, she reassures readers, acknowledging that fourth grade can be stressful: getting moved to the back of the classroom is distressing, and being called babyish hurts. But all Allie needs are her rules, her best friends, and a little courage to get her through. Though she's under pressure to grow up, she (and her readers) learn that there's no need to rush. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2009 February #1
Friendship and loyalty carry the day in this spirited third title of Cabot's Rules-for-Girls series (The New Girl, 2008, etc.). Nine-year-old Allie Finkle and her troupe of four best friends (all with nicely distinctive personalities) at Pine Heights Elementary are appalled by the bossiness of a new girl from Toronto, Canada, who arrives after the winter break in much-coveted high-heeled suede boots and a T-shirt that declares "TNT: Talent Not Talk." Cheyenne O'Malley doesn't have time for the recess games that Allie and her pals delight in playing, but instead engineers a class-wide kissing game that demonstrates her superior maturity and throws Allie for a loop. Why would anyone want to kiss the back-of-the-class boys they all know are creepy, or even "go" with them somewhere? The irony is hilarious and touching, and the author addresses preteen agony by rendering boys and girls alike in a three-dimensional light, even Allie's pesky younger brothers and her quirky young Uncle Jay, who suffers from a broken heart. A pleaser. (Fiction. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.