FAST FORWARD by Mary Jane Miller


Age Range: 8 - 12
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 Wouldn't it be great to fast-forward through life's bad parts? That's what sixth-grader Kayla wishes she could do when best friend Margy moves away. Margy gave Kayla courage to play her flute on stage and supported her as she struggled with schoolwork; but now Margy, who has a new friend, has never seemed more distant. Asked to play a solo, Kayla isn't sure she can step on stage alone; and she's afraid she can't meet middle school's challenges by herself. In desperation, she copies an old science paper of Margy's verbatim and passes it off as her own. Kayla can be difficult to like, while her unreasonable parents may also put readers off, though they do mellow in the end. Her life is revealed as relatively shallow until she finally takes her finger off the fast-forward button and confronts her insecurities and shortcomings. In doing so, she also discovers her strengths. The prose here is merely serviceable, but many young readers will relate to Kayla's troubles. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-670-84339-3
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1993