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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 128
Themes: employment, waitressing, bullying, lakes, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/04/2014
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
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Sixteen-year-old Bailey is working at her first summer job, as a cabin girl at a fly-in fishing camp at Witch Lake. She struggles with the job at first but enjoys hearing the stories of the area, including the legend of a local ghost. Then April, an older waitress with street smarts, takes Bailey under her wing and the two girls become friends. It’s all good until another waitress burns her arm and has to leave. Bailey gets a sudden promotion, and April is asked to help clean the cabins. April becomes far from friendly and Bailey finds herself alone again and messing up on the job—and possibly seeing the ghost.

Washington State Young Adult Review Group - December 1, 2014
"Teens will enjoy this riveting tale of frenemies and root for Bailey's success."
The Horn Book Guide - October 18, 2014
"Overt messages are presented engagingly for reluctant teen readers."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - July 23, 2014
"A well-structured and well-developed novel. The characters are fleshed out, the emotions are real and earned, and the plot holds well. I especially liked that Bailey grew stronger from April’s bullying and actually used the experience to gain confidence in herself."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books - June 1, 2014
"Appealing and approachable...offers readers a summer story succinctly told, complete with adolescent girl dynamics, first-job jitters, and even a resident ghost. This story of a balanced, relatable heroine respects its readers, giving them a novel serious in tone, smartly paced, and skillfully executed."
CM Magazine - March 14, 2014
"A fast-paced read that will appeal not only to older, reluctant or struggling teen readers but also to stronger readers looking for a quick, engaging story. The subject matter and character conversation level is appropriate to older teens despite the use of simple, straightforward vocabulary."


CCBC Best Books  | 2014 | Commended


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