Moriarty, Jaclyn. The year of secret assignments.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

MORIARTY, Jaclyn. The year of secret assignments. Scholastic. 340p. c2004. 0-439-49882-1. $7.99. JS*

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2004: A wonderfully imaginative, difficult to describe novel from the author of Feeling Sorry for Celia. Basically, it is a school story, set in Australia. Three girlfriends, Em, Lyd, and Cassie, attend an all-girls high school. Their English teacher arranges a letter exchange with an English class in the local public high school, and the three girls start exchanging letters with three boys. That's the basic framework, but it hardly begins to describe what transpires--a series of "secret assignments," many of which are imaginative school pranks, some of which are flirtatious rendezvous, some of which are plots of vengeance. The three girls are highly intelligent, articulate, and imaginative. Two of the boys are as well, and the third boy deserves all the wonderfully fitting punishments the others eventually inflict on him. Cassie is the most fragile, because...

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