Much Ado about Anne
(book 2 of 7 in the Mother-Daughter Book Club series)
Drama is required reading in this spirited sequel to The Mother-Daughter Book Club, as the mothers have a big surprise in store for Emma, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan: they’ve invited snooty Becca Chadwick and her mother to join the book club! But there are bigger problems when Jess finds out that her family may have to give up Half Moon Farm. In a seventh-grade year filled with Anne of Green Gables, skating parties, a mother-daughter camping trip, and a high-stakes fashion show, the girls realize that it’s only through working together—Becca included—that they can save Half Moon Farm.
“The pace is fast, the concerns and emotions real. The girls are gutsy problem-solvers.” (School Library Journal)
“Frederick hones her writing for this outing, with chapters in the girls’ alternating voices supplying humorous disasters, suspense and excitement as she suggests the virtues of ethical behavior while remaining cognizant of typical tween ‘queen bee’ attitudes. References to key Montgomery quotes in chapter headings and dialogue with lists of ‘Fun Facts About Maud’ create a nice blend of modern and classic themes to stimulate discussion.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“I loved this book … It has an old-fashioned feel to it. Yes, the characters are modern girls, but the story reads like classic children’s literature (or at least the kind of stuff I read when I was growing up): there are a few capers that of course get them into trouble—but not too much trouble; relevant subjects are tackled, such as popularity, stereotypes, financial problems, and one character’s concern over the new man in her mom’s life while she’s still dealing with the death of her father … If you have considered reading some children’s literature just for you, I recommend this book to women of all ages (especially if you love Anne of Green Gables).” (5 Minutes for Books)
Heather Vogel Frederick
Simon & Schuster, 2008