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Home for the Holidays
The Mother-Daughter Book Club Series, Book 5
Join the mother-daughter book club for a holiday season with all the trimmings!This year, the girls are everywhere but home for the holidays. From a tropical cruise to a ski trip to Switzerland, it...
Join the mother-daughter book club for a holiday season with all the trimmings!This year, the girls are everywhere but home for the holidays. From a tropical cruise to a ski trip to Switzerland, it...
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  • Join the mother-daughter book club for a holiday season with all the trimmings!

    This year, the girls are everywhere but home for the holidays. From a tropical cruise to a ski trip to Switzerland, it promises to be a Christmas to remember. Becca, Megan, Emma, Cassidy, and Jess have plenty of reading material to bring on their trips too, because the book club is tackling the Betsy-Tacy series before their next meeting on New Year's Eve.

    But from unexpected blizzards to a sledding disaster, nothing goes as planned. Even the Secret Santa presents are turning into a huge disappointment. Worst of all, Becca's dad has lost his job, and Becca is determined not to let anyone find out--even if it puts her friends' goodwill to the ultimate test.

    The mother-daughter book club is in desperate need of some winter cheer! Luckily, there are plenty of holiday miracles in store.

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    Becca

    "When there are boys you have to worry about how you look, and whether they like you, and why they like another girl better, and whether they're going to ask you to something or other. It's a strain."

    --Betsy in Spite of Herself

    "D-E-F-E-N-S-E! DEFENSE, CONCORD, DEFENSE!"

    I finish off the cheer with a star jump and a high kick, then fling my maroon-and-white pom-poms skyward, catching them neatly on the way down. As the pep band strikes up "We Will Rock You," I look up in the stands to see if Zach Norton is watching.

    He's not.

    He's too busy talking to Cassidy Sloane.

    Third sees me, though, and waves his trombone from where he's sitting with the rest of the brass section. I wave feebly back.

    My friend Ashley swats me with a pom-pom, her dark eyes flashing with mischief. "I didn't know you liked Third," she teases.

    Third is actually Cranfield Bartlett III, but nobody ever calls him that, not even his parents.

    "Shut up! I do not," I reply, through teeth clenched in a big smile. Ms. O'Donnell, our cheerleading coach, is a stickler for big smiles.

    "Eyes on the field, girls," she calls to us.

    Ashley and I turn around just in time to see Darcy Hawthorne intercept a pass. There's a roar from the stands behind us--it's almost the end of the fourth quarter, and Concord is down by six. We desperately need another touchdown. Along with everybody else on our side of the field, I scream my head off as Darcy runs the ball back down toward our end zone. He makes it almost as far as the center line before Acton manages to tackle him. Music explodes from the pep band, and Coach O'Donnell gives us the signal to launch into another cheer.

    "First and ten, do it again! GO, Concord, GO!" we holler, whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

    Turkey Day game is always a big deal for Alcott High. Thanksgiving is when we play our archrivals, and across the field, the visitor stands are a mass of blue and gold. For a split second I find myself wishing I was wearing one of Acton High's cheerleading uniforms. I look so much better in blue than I do in maroon.

    On the other hand, we get to wear yoga pants instead of the miniskirts the Acton cheerleaders stupidly chose. Not that I have anything against miniskirts, but it's freezing out here. At least they should have opted for fleece leggings under their skirts. Their legs are practically as blue as their uniforms.

    I cast a worried glance up at the sky. No sign of snow yet. I really, really hope the weather forecast is wrong. My grandparents are in town from Cleveland for the holiday weekend, and Gram and Gigi, my best friend Megan Wong's grandmother, have promised to take the two of us shopping tomorrow. I don't want to miss out because of some dumb snowstorm.

    Up in the stands, Megan reaches a purple-gloved hand from underneath the blanket she's sharing with Gigi and Gram and waves at me. I wave back at her, and at my grandfather and my brother Stewart and his girlfriend, Emma Hawthorne.

    As much as it grosses me out to admit this, Stewart and Emma are kind of cute together. Well, as cute as two total dorks can be, I guess.

    My dad blows me a kiss. I blow him one in return, and he stands up and pretends to catch it and tuck it into his pocket. It's silly and kind of embarrassing, but I don't really mind. For one thing, I'm used to it--we've had this little ritual since I was a kid--and for another, my dad needs all the love he can get these days. He lost his job a few weeks ago.

    The insurance agency he worked for in Boston has been struggling for a while, and they finally had to lay off some employees. My...

About the Author-

  • Heather Vogel Frederick is the award-winning author of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, the Pumpkin Falls Mystery series, the Patience Goodspeed books, the Spy Mice series, and Once Upon a Toad. An avid fan of small towns like Pumpkin Falls, Heather and her husband live in New England, close to where Heather grew up. You can learn more about the author and her books at HeatherVogelFrederick.com.

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  • DOGO Books lionsrcute1 - In Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Fredrick, the character who faces the most problems is Becca. In every Mother-Daughter book club book, there is always 1 girl out of the 4 girls who has a family problem. In the book, Becca is still feeling a little uncomfortable about being friends with Emma, Cassidy, and Jess. Megan is her friend, so she is fine with her. She is uncomfortable because she used to tease Emma and Jess a lot, and she always hated Cassidy. Even worse for her, her family is having money issues, because her dad lost his job. I think that the main thing in this book is about their friendship together, and how they kept it together. Along the way, Becca messes up a few times, like stealing one of Megan’s friends, and playing mean pranks out of selfishness. In this book, I would say is when Becca is having sort of a self-conflict, because she still feels a little guilty about used being mean to all of them. She seems to really want to become their friends, but sometimes, her old habits still get in the way. Christmas was coming up, and Becca did not want any of her friends to know that her family was broke, so was always in a really bad mood, and never explaining herself, causing the other girls to get mad at her, because it seems likes Becca is jealous of something, or mad. Meanwhile, Emma and Jess, friends who have never fought before are now fighting, right before Christmas. Jess is mad at Emma, because Emma keeps listening to what Jess’s cousin, Felicia is saying about her. All of the girls keep fighting because people around them are playing pranks on them, causing them to blame each other. The story switches around to multiple points of views, and I realized that they all just misunderstood each other when they got into fights. Like what we used in class, I think the author’s goal is to show a character’s motivation, but by using different points of views for the reader to find out what was happening. The goals the author showed were what made the story interesting, in my opinion. This review was also for my home log.
  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2011

    Gr 6-8-In this installment in the series, the five girls, now sophomores, and their mothers are reading Maud Hart Lovelace's "Betsy-Tacy" series. None of the girls is home for the holidays, as it turns out; two take a cruise, two stay at a fairytalelike inn, and one heads off to California. Parallels to the "Betsy-Tacy" books abound as the teens quarrel, make up, obsess about boys, and worry about a parent's unemployment and a possible move. Though they take turns narrating, their voices sound the same, and their world is filled with more delicious food, fabulous trips, cunning interior decoration, and cute clothes than a women's lifestyle magazine. This will be like candy for fans of Frederick's series, many of whom will be enticed to read Lovelace's books as well.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

    Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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