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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Thirteen-year old Tess has never been able to compete with her “perfect” older sister, but now she must—if she wants to inherit her grandmother’s priceless tiara. The two girls have been invited to their grandparent’s lake house for the summer to help take care of Grandma who’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The sister who earns the most “helpful points” wins the ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published August 10th 2012 by Middleton Books (first published March 24th 2012)
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Jun 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
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This book, to my perspective, seems to help us realize that it is not the physical objects of this world we live in, but the lesson we all should take to heart...never take for granted the time you have with the ones you love fighting for a mere object, fight to make memories with the ones you love, because in the end, they are what last forever, and those memories are PRICELESS, and can never be tarnished or lost.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a middle grade novel about relationships, stereotypes, family and doing the right thing. Tess and Brianna are sisters, eighth grade and sophomore respectively and they remind me a lot of Ramona and Beezus in their relationship. They love each other, but they are so opposite and have a hard time getting along. Tess, much like Ramona, seems to get things wrong a lot, but she really only has the best of intentions. Like when she rides her bike to Wilkins store to get information under the p ...more
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Tess, Terrorists and the Tiara is not a YA book. I wasn't expecting that so I had to adjust my expectations a little bit before reading. I'd say it's a younger MG book.

I think it's a very charming read. I haven't read children's books for a long time so I enjoyed putting myself back there. I could relate with Tess a lot. She reminded me of myself when I was a kid- full of hopes and dreams, imaginative and uh, absent minded. My mom would tell you not a lot has changed. Tess made mistakes but she
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
When I accepted the book for review I did that only because I was really interested in how a story could contain terrorists, a tiara, prejudice, and Alzheimer's syndrome - and not turn a massive amount of lecturing.

I was surprised, though, how the author was able to not only write a very cute story with an adorable main character but also bind the message into the story. Tess was such a nice girl, standing in the shadow of her older sister and not having a very high opinion of herself. Then aga
Madam Pince
Fifty years ago, Tess’s grandmother became the last winner of the Miss Land of the Free pageant. Today, Grandma’s health is declining due to Alzheimer’s. Deciding to make the most of her remaining years of cognizance, Grandma decides to give her diamond tiara—the one she was crowned with—to her granddaughter. The problem is, she has two: Tess, 13, and Brianna, 16. In order to make the decision fair, she and Grandpa invite the sisters to participate in a contest during their summer visit. Whoever ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I saw the cover of this book , it sounded like something I would read and then I read the blurb and I was intrigued. Though, it wasn't until I started to get into the novel that I realised in a personal way how much the book related to aspects of my life. The first thing that attracted me to the story was in fact the Tiara and the fact that this novel touched a little bit on beauty contests as I find reading about these type of reality contests fun and enjoyable, though I'm not really one t ...more
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
This was a sweet story! It is very much a middle grade book, appropriate for ages 10 and up. I found it to be a little too young for my personal taste, but it was still a great read.

Tess and her sister are staying with her grandparents at their lake house. They are competing to win her grandmother's tiara, won at a beauty pageant. The tiara has real diamonds and is valued at over $100,000. The girls do chores around the house to earn "helpful points." Whoever has the most helpful points at the e
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tess, Terrorists, and the Tiara is about thirteen-year old Tess. Tess and her perfect older sister are invited to spend the summer with their grandparents at their lake house to help take care of their Grandmother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Tess and her sister have been given a contest, the sister who wins the most helpful points will win their Grandmother's beauty queen crown.

Although Tess always has the best intentions, everything seems to go wrong for her. Especially when she be
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth, youth-children
While the novel’s heroine, Tess, is thirteen, the core audience for this book seems to be a bit younger, maybe ten or eleven.

Tess is a delightful character that a lot of young girls can find a piece of themselves. She is on the cusp of being a teenager, she has an older sister everyone seems to prefer, and she is quite forgetful. But the one thing that causes her to stand out from her sister is that she is not motivated by anything other than being herself. She is who she is, and she will not co
Rebecca McKinnon
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess is my kind of girl. A little clumsy, a little forgetful, very well-meaning, full of heart. With all the good intentions in the world, things around her always fall apart.

Unfortunately for Tess, when she catches sight of someone at a neighboring cabin who keeps their face covered she's curious - and a little scared. Things get stranger when she asks her grandpa about the new neighbors: he tells her they want to be left alone, and she should stay away from them.

Who could these strangers be?

Wendy Hines
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
What a fun young adult read! Tess and her sister spend the summer at Grandma's and whoever gets the most helpful points gets to keep Grandma's tiara she won back in the day. Tess is full of energy and has a very active imagination. She watches the neighbors and her imagination goes wild.

Baldwin has created very likable characters, easily imagined and approachable. The pages just flew by, entranced with the story with it's subtle messages,such as don't judge a book by it's cover. If you're looki
Cynthia E Sherman
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a Good Reads first reads book giveway. Thank you!!!!I actually liked this book. It was faced paced and interesting. Tess learned a lot about people in this book including herself. It was fun to watch how she bumbled her way through her investigation and then how she saved the day by not giving up.
Unfortunately I couldn't read the middle grade setting of this book and I couldn't get engaged with the writing of it. So I had to mark this one as a DNF as well. This is DEFINITELY a book that has potential though, IF I still read and reviewed middle grade books for my blog. ...more
Jonathan D.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I like this story, but there are several things that don't quite work for me. But that being said, I'm not much of a MG reader, and I think that leads me to be a terrible MG critic. This might be perfect for 4th grade girls. It might not be. I'm not sure. Full review to come, though. ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Haylie Bain
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a so so book but i have read better but still i did enjoy it
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