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THE TROUBLE WITH RULES by Leslie Bulion

THE TROUBLE WITH RULES

By Leslie Bulion

Age Range: 8 - 10

Pub Date: April 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-56145-440-2
Publisher: Peachtree

Now that she is in fourth grade, Nadie must follow the “boys and girls cannot be friends” rule and publicly ignore her best friend, neighbor and class newspaper co-editor Nick. Striving to fit in with the girls in her class and grade, Nadie follows the new rules by eating at the designated girls’ lunch table and secretly maintaining her friendship with Nick only when they are within the boundaries of their street and respective homes. But the arrival of Summer, an offbeat new student who is unafraid to initiate her own brand of casual boy/girl exchanges, upsets the balance. Suddenly the rules of good student behavior, separate boy/girl tenets and, in particular, Nadie’s carefully managed friendship with Nick are threatened. When Summer’s teasing results in Nadie’s false accusation for a whole host of “zoofeteria” bad behavior, Nadie must weigh the significance of real friendship against immediate self-interest. Readers will empathize with Nadie’s thought-provoking predicaments and her personal responses as she struggles through the transition from lower to upper elementary school. (Fiction. 8-10)