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The Fastest Friend in the West
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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. MS book, read maybe late 1990s. New girl at school is a little weird, has a special key that she wears on necklace, she doesn't know what it goes to. Other girl (MC) paints her bedrooom all dark blue/black, even the windows. Spoiler ahead. [s]

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Mighty_felix | 39 comments The new girl will never invite anyone over and is pretty secretive. Then one day, she gets in trouble because the school says her address doesn't exist. She made up an address on "Elm Street" or something generic like that, but turns out the town doesn't have an "Elm Street." Anyway, come to find out that she's homeless, and her family lives in their car. They move around a lot, trying to find work. And she wears this key around her neck because she dreams that some day she'll find the house that it unlocks and finally be able to have a place to live.


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Mighty_felix | 39 comments Wow, that was fast! Sounds likely, thank you! My library doesn't have it, but I'll try to get ahold of a copy.


Rainbowheart | 19035 comments You're welcome! People have asked about it before. There are other threads with more plot details here....

https://www.goodreads.com/group/discu...


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Kris | 35119 comments Mod
Description on Amazon for Rainbowheart's suggestion of The Fastest Friend in the West by Vicki Grove:

"From Publishers Weekly:
Lori isn't sure she wants to make friends with Vern, the strange new girl at school. Lori may be chubby and unpopular, but Vern is grubby and downright weird--and she doesn't even seem to know her own address. Loneliness throws the girls together, and a brief but intense friendship ensues. Vern and her family have been homeless for over a year, moving from town to town. When Vern leaves for what she hopes will be a permanent home, Lori finds that her own problems have dwindled and become quite manageable. At its best, Grove's tale calls to mind the poignant, pithy novels of Robbie Branscum and Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Unfortunately, a predictable plot and a handful of simplistic characterizations serve to blunt the story's jagged emotions. The novel's evolution seems to have halted at a stage midway between a conventional tale of popularity and something moving and unusual. Ages 8-12."

https://www.amazon.com/Fastest-Friend... There are different cover images.


Rainbowheart | 19035 comments Mighty_felix, did you want us to move this to Solved or Possibly Solved?

I'm 100% sure it's the right book.


message 7: by Mighty_felix (new)

Mighty_felix | 39 comments Yes, I'm sorry. I thought it already had been moved to solved. Thank you!


Rainbowheart | 19035 comments No worries! Thanks for confirming. :)


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