Author: Cari Simmons

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All Together Now - Picture Perfect #5

All Together Now
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  • Number: 9780062336767
  • Release: 2016-01-05
  • Authors: Cari Simmons, Laura J. Burns
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Kids: Children's, Kids: Middle Grade
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible stories about the power of friendship.

Gracie Hardwick has always wondered what it would be like to have siblings—which is why she is so excited to go skiing with her best friend, Mari, and Mari's big, boisterous family. It is sure to be an amazing weekend spent riding the chairlift, building snowmen, and drinking hot chocolate with Mari and her brothers.

The thing about siblings, though, is that they are always around . . . even when you need alone time with your BFF to talk about things like your secret crush. And Mari is too busy racing her brothers down the slopes, racing her brothers to the car, racing her brothers to see who can finish their dessert first to notice that Gracie really needs some one-on-one time. In fact, it sort of feels like Mari cares more about beating her brothers in the latest competition than hanging out with her friend.

When everything in Mari's house is a high-stakes contest, how can Gracie compete for her best friend's attention?

Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 7


Between Us - Picture Perfect #4

Between Us
  • Number: 9780062336743
  • Release: 2015-09-01
  • Authors: Cari Simmons, Melinda Metz
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible stories about the power of friendship.

Bailey Broadwell and her best friend, Olivia, are going to have the greatest year ever in middle school! Bailey has it totally figured out. All they need to do is follow her foolproof list of ways to make sixth grade epic. But Bailey's plan doesn't include her aunt and cousin Hannah unexpectedly moving to town.

Though Bailey hasn't seen Hannah since they were little, she sets out right away to make her cousin feel welcome. And right from the start, Hannah and Bailey seem to enjoy similar things. Only, it's a little strange how Hannah likes everything that Bailey does. And it's weird when Hannah starts joining all the clubs that Bailey's in. Soon, she starts dressing like Bailey. And agreeing with everything Bailey says!

Bailey tries not to let Hannah's copycat behavior bother her, until it seems like Olivia and the rest of Bailey's friends like Hannah more than her. How can Bailey have the best school year ever if Hannah is taking over her life?


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