MEAN STREAK by Ilene Cooper


Age Range: 9 & up
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 This installment about ``The Kids From Kennedy Middle School'' features nasty sixth-grader Veronica Volner, whose family life is not the spun-sugar vision she shares with her contemporaries. Veronica's divorced father is seriously ga-ga over a new girlfriend; after classmate Gretchen discovers and reveals the depths of Veronica's unhappiness, Veronica's revenge is precise: she humiliates Gretchen and an unrequited love- interest named Billy in one drawn-out prank. The final paragraph leaves the question of Veronica's mean streak unresolved--maybe she'll change (readers can finish the thought: maybe she won't). A pivotal interview with the father's girlfriend is hastily narrated, though the book has built to that scene from the outset, and Veronica's sudden last-minute insights seem less than sincere; still, every other character here is both believable and fully realized. (Fiction. 9+)

Pub Date: May 20th, 1991
ISBN: 0-688-08431-1
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1991


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