Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Best Friend Battle

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book Review - The Best Friend Battle

The Best Friend Battle
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About the Book
"Funny and human and clever and wise. I really, really like this sparkling, racing, hilarious little gem." -- Hilary McKay, author of SAFFY'S ANGEL and BINNY IN SECRET

Sylvie Scruggs doesn't like Georgie Diaz. He always calls her Scruggs. He always beats her in baseball. He didn't invite her to his party. Plus, he's a boy.

Now Georgie is trying to steal Sylvie's best friend, Miranda Tan. He's giving Miranda a super-special birthday present, so Sylvie will too -- only her present will be ten times better. With the help of her twin brothers, a ferret, a castle, and some glitter glue, Sylvie sets out to make Miranda remember who her REAL best friend is, and forget about Georgie forever.

"Two words: Sylvie Scruggs. Two more words: LOVE HER! Eyre nails it with this new kid on the block. (And here's a challenge: I dare you not to laugh out loud)." -- Barbara O'Connor, author of HOW TO STEAL A DOG and THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER

My Take on the Book
As you can fell from the title of this book, there is some rivalry between the nine year old friends in this story. Sylvie and Georgie seem to be in competition all the time with each other. Competing in baseball, water balloon fights, giving the best birthday present, and being the best friend to Miranda. Miranda likes them both equally, but Sylvie wants Miranda all to herself.

The story deals with the feelings that children experience when there is jealousy. Sylvie is caught in a lie and must apologize.There are humorous situations in this chapter book and problem solving too on the part of the characters. Miranda shows the positive side of friendship in accepting her friends for who they are already.There is also forgiveness.

This book could be used as a read aloud between you and your child or an independent read. I believe your 7-9 year old would probably enjoy the story.

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