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Dear Pen Pal (The Mother-Daughter Book Club #3)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  4,036 ratings  ·  239 reviews
For the mother-daughter book club, everything changes in eighth grade.

Could the book club break up? When Jess is offered an anonymous scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, she's not sure that leaving home -- and her friends -- is what she wants to do. Meanwhile Megan's grandmother comes for a long visit and turns everything in the Wong household upside down;
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 17th 2009)
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It’s no secret that I loved the first book in The Mother Daughter Book Club series. You can read my review (with a perfect score to match) here. Now I will gush about how much I loved the next two books.
I enjoyed reading about Emma, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan during their seventh and eighth grade years at school. With the addition of stuck-up Becca, there is plenty of drama to go around.
Much Ado About Anne is based on the classic Anne of Green Gables. In this book, the girls are trying to s
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Cindy Hudson
Emma, Jess, Megan and Cassidy are back for another year of reading in their mother-daughter book club in Heather Vogel Frederick’s new book, Dear Pen Pal. Cracking this third book in the mother-daughter book club series is like reconnecting with old friends. The girls are in eighth grade this year, and they’ve learned a lot about friendship and family relationships.

In their ever-evolving lives, as it is with most of us, just when they figure out how to handle one challenge, another pops up. This
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Kaarin
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Julie Graves
Dear Pen Pal is the 3rd installment of The Mother-Daughter Book Club series. A group of girls and their mother have formed a reading group to discuss books that they read throughout the year. In Dear Pen Pal the group is reading Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. This year the mother’s have paired the girls up with another Mother-Daughter book club group. This group is in Wyoming. The mother’s from both groups decide that the girls should become Pen-Pals. When the mother’s say Pen-Pals they do not ...more
Erin
Really enjoyed this installment - the personalities of each of the girls is emerging more (except for Becca, of course, but then we don't hear from her). I wasn't sure how much I would like this one because I haven't read any of Jean Webster's books, but I'm headed to the bookstore tomorrow in search of Daddy-Long-Legs which sounds wonderful (digression - oh, how I wish I had had a Miss Sparrow to point me toward good books. I only found Betsy's Wedding by accident and I completely missed Anne o ...more
Jessica
i liked book 3 as well, but i haven't ever read "daddy long legs" which is the book the girls read in it, and i think that prevented me from loving it quite as much as book 2. i'm beginning to think that perhaps i love this series more for the nostalgia it brings me in remembering the first time i read the books that they cover than anything else. if that even makes sense. i did like the developments in this book, with the core group of girls being slightly split up, but still maintaining friend ...more
Sallie
You all knew this would be my choice didn't you??? I save these books to savor slowly instead of gulping down all at once. Sooooo good!!

I just finished MDBC #3 and loved it as much as I have the other 2. I wanted to go slowly, but instead I devoured it in practically one sitting. My only caveat is that, like Gigi, I like the movie 'Daddy Long-Legs" because I love Fred Astaire in all his musicals (even Finian's Rainbow which is probably the weakest of them all), and it never bothers me that he's
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Melody
Let's get this out of the way first: I don't like Jean Webster's books. The only one I've read in recent memory was DADDY-LONG-LEGS, and it didn't work for me. The fact that the girls all loved it, then, didn't exactly ring true, though I was not bothered by the girls being unanimous in their enjoyment of LITTLE WOMEN or ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.

I had a hard time keeping the voices straight in this one, and I couldn't tell one pen pal from the other, even after the real-life pen pals came on stage.
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Aliza Purificacion
The book Dear Pen Pal is a series that is actually called The Mother and Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick. This book is about five young girls that are best friends. They do a book club with their moms. The book has a lot of fights, drama, and surprises. This book may be getting you really excited or mad at the same time. I also prefer to read the books ahead of this so you can know what is happening. I would give this book a five star because it is really interesting and it shows ...more
Riya Kumar
Dear Pen Pal, by Heather Vogel Frederick is the third book in the Mother-Daughter book club series. I found this book really great because it really touches all the emotional parts of a girl’s life. It is really nice to see other girls go through problems you might have, and see how they have solved them. One thing that I really like about this book is how there are many fun surprises along the way, that you will never be bored. On the other hand, the book is a little too long for my liking. Th ...more
Jillian
The series is getting stronger as each of the characters begins to find her voice a little better. I only had to flip back once to see whose chapter I was on.
Some good character development for both moms and daughters - Clementine's use of the contract didn't seem outright abusive/blackmail-ish the way it did in book one, and Lily Wong had some good growth (but we could have seen a little bit more of the process on-screen - what was the actual catalyst, Megan or her fear for Gigi?).
I didn't find
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Jenny Thurlow
Not that this book was in any way challenging it was merely hard to get interested in. I liked the other books in the series but this one was rather dry. I had never even heard if Daddy Long-legs so there was a loss of a previous connection.
Kashish
I really like this series, and to me, it doesn't feel like a story per book, it's more like one giant story told over numerous books.
This book was just as great as the pervious 2. I seriously wish I was part of an amazing book club like this!
Although this book felt like it had a lot to do about boys, and i get it, the girls are growing up and everything, but sometimes i feel like there was just so much going on, so many characters that i had trouble remembering their names, and so much action.
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Cori
I love this book.. all of the books in the series are good. Any girl who likes to read should read them. Pies and Prejudice comes out tomorrow!!!
Irene
Jan 18, 2014 Irene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Upper elementary and younger middle school girls
Shelves: children
Another great installment of The Mother-Daughter Book Club series!

When you get right down to it, this book is pretty much just "more of the same" - but in a good way. The book itself readily admits that Savannah Sinclair is basically like a Becca 2.0, but she's just different enough to make the story line seem new. Again, each of the teenage book club members - now in 8th grade - has her own problems, and most middle school readers will probably relate to some part of the book in some way.

I rea
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Bethany
Who thinks Jess is awesome??????????

Go this series!
Prathusha
GOOD BOOOK!
Lola
My last week was insane. With finals and everything else, I thought I was going to lose my mind. Luckily, I had ordered a slew of books with Christmas gift cards and escaped with them. The first one I read was Dear Pen Pal. I was surprised that I gravitated to this one first. I had only bought it so I could wrap up a series I'd read in middle school. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

Isn't funny going back to a series, a writer, that you loved when you were younger and discovering t
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Tonya
One of the best series I think. Each book gets better and better as the girls are growing up.

I love books that talk about books and so the mother-daughter book club has always been a favorite of mine. This year, grade 8 for our favorite girls, changes are in store. Jess has been offered a scholarship to a local girls boarding school and takes it because it seems her parents really wanted her to. Cassidy's mom married Stanley and they are having a baby! Along with the baby coming, Courtney, Cassi
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Sandra Stiles
This is the third book in the Mother-Daughter Book Club Series. I had not read the other three. I will tell you up front that it was a “cute” book but not one I really enjoyed. The four main characters Megan, Jess, Cassidy and Emma are starting eighth grade. Just like my eighth graders there were new changes for them to face. Not all of them were pleasant or easy to handle. Amidst all of the situations the girls decide to become pen-pals with another book club in Wyoming. This is where I knew I ...more
Jaclyn
I really like this series and can not recommend it highly enough to moms with middle school age daughters. I have recommended it to three other moms and two of the three have already read the first book aloud with their daughter and both love it as much as my daughter and I did. The third just heard about it this weekend but is pretty excited to check it out.
This book follows the girls through their last year of middle school and the trauma of one of their members and best friend, Jess, leaving
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Audrey
I am starting to get used to the contemporary setting and often improbable situations of this series, and despite all of the criticism listed below, I find these books to be quite a lot of fun to read (though decidedly imperfect).

This book continues with many of the points that especially frustrate me. Specifically, the way Mrs. Wong and Mrs. Chadwick are portrayed. I really hope the author phases out all the health jokes regarding Mrs. Wong. By the third book I was hoping that would ease up a
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Maria
I love thi sseries.Even though i read these books at differnet imes they are really good. I love how Megan finally understands that it is okay to be an only child. Megan is jealous that Cassidy has a new baby sister, named Chloe. Cassidy is upset and grouchy and really mad that Courtney, Cassisy's older sister, going to UCLA, which is a college in California. Zach starts to develope feelings for Cassidy and when Zach and Cassidy get back home from baseball practice he kisses her and she gives hi ...more
Joy
I like this book and this series but a few things bother me. How small is Concord, exactly? Are they really all within walking/bike riding distance of a farm? Maybe I have lived too far west for too long, and things are just more spread out here. Also even though I live in a small town our streets are busy. I would probably be thrilled if my kids wanted to bike and get themselves around town but most people would think I was a pretty neglectful mother for allowing it.

Next, what mother today all
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Evelyn
I really enjoyed this book a lot! I think that Heather Vogue Fredrick has added many vivid verbs, figurative language, sophisticated writing, and other types of basic writing. I think that this book is suitable for challenging readers because the book can be hard to understand, and also the author used a very clever and interesting idea. Since there were four main characters in the book, she decided to split their story lives into four different chapters and she also separated the four quarters ...more
Mchristensen
Oct 01, 2013 Mchristensen is currently reading it
-Jess calls Emma to tell her what she thinks, Emma almost agrees with Jess' parents that she goes... there's even something in Emma's voice that sounds strange.
Its the first day of school, and everyone at Walden Middle School has to wear uniforms. And Megan tries to jazz up her maroon polo with kahkies by adding a rhinestone belt, the biggest hoop earrings she could possibly find and bangle bracelets, then she thought to herself there is no rule about accessorizing, and went down stairs to find
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Bridget R. Wilson
[8th grade year. The girls are reading Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster and dealing with many changes. Frederick keeps picking my favorite
books for the girls to read. Can't wait to see what they read next.:]


Emma, Jess, Megan, and Cassidy are now eighth-graders. Things change for the girls this year. Jess goes to local boarding school. Cassidy has to deal with her sister leaving for college and her mom's pregnancy. The book club is still going strong. This year, they are reading Daddy-Long-Legs b
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Mary
All the usual characters plus a family from the boarding school Jess is now attending, with mixed feelings. Megan's grandmother from Hong Kong arrives, much like a "sister" to her and definitely the opposite of her mother. A group of new characters from Wyoming become the book club's pen pals, as they read the same book. Culmination is a trip to a dude ranch in Wyoming to meet the pen pals. Oh, and the big question, who among them will be the first kissed?
Amy
Still charmed by this third installment of the series. Now we meet Gigi, Megan’s grandmother who’s a bit more of a fairy godmother than a grandma. She may not be terribly realistic, but she’s so much fun that I don’t really care. I also liked the deepening relationship between Emma and Mrs. Bergson. Still can’t bring myself to like Becca and I actually don’t really like Megan all that much, but I’m OK with that. I think when you have a rather large (5) circle of female friends there is bound to ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

This year, the club talks about Daddy Long-Legs while dealing with their own boarding school drama.

Jess moves to the private boarding school in the same town. She's trying to acclimate into her new posh school while the other girls are trying to get used to school without their friend.

Plus, their mothers have a new surprise for them. They're going to become pen pals with another mother-daughter book club in the Midwest . At first the girls are appr
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