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A Secret Friend
Jessica’s best friend Wendy is no longer her friend. She’s transferred her friendship to Barbara, and does everything she can to insult and hurt Jessica. Suddenly, Jessica begins to receive secret friendly notes, signed A.S.F. The mystery is solved by the end of the story, and Jessica manages to make a new best friend.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 1987 by Scholastic
(first published 1978)
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Another one of those childhood books unearthed during a move. This is your basic elementary school friendship story where the girl loses her best friend (mainly because said best friend is really not a nice person), starts up a project wherein she hopes to regain her best friend but learns by the end what a friend, and being a friend, really means. It was also interesting to come at this as an adult. Jessica, the girl, not only must ferret out this whole thorny friendship issue, but she also has ...more
Wow, was this one ever a punch in the gut. I've read a few things by her but this really made me remember the pitfalls of being desperate for someone's attention and how, when they decide there's someone 'cooler,' every attempt to hold onto them pushes them further away. In my case, the person's scary religious mother yanked them out of my school and made them go to another school then yanked them out of that school, after which, they returned to my school, but I already had another best friend ...more
This is yet another Marilyn Sachs chapter book that I have the vaguest recollection of. The spoiler in the review on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Friend-M...) is what sealed the deal for me. Yep, I read this. I hazily recall being disappointed when the truth about the notes was revealed.