From popular YA author Cooper comes the first in a series about five camp friends who agree to meet on the holidays throughout the coming year. Lia Greene hated leaving camp, where she was voted best all-around camper, and returning home, where she has no girlfriends and is considered a nerd. She longs for the reunion with her camp pals, scheduled to take place at her house on Halloween weekend, but dreads it at the same time because she has not confided in them about her social problems at school. Things come to a head at the community center's Halloween party, where Lia is unable to prevent her friends from finding out about her problems at school. They rally to her side, of course, and she learns that true friends are those who are there for the bad times as well as the good. Cooper captures the social dilemmas and injustices without sounding preachy or sentimental. Even the parents are nicely drawn -- seemingly obtuse at first, but with the right amount of sympathy and understanding when it counts. The conclusion leaves plenty of room for the next adventure in the series. A skillful and sensitive treatment of pubescent angst.