Friday, February 10, 2017

Girls of Canby Hall #3 You're No Friend of Mine and #4 Keeping Secrets

In Girls of Canby Hall #3, You're No Friend of Mine, Dana has a big decision to make.  Her father wants her to come live with him in Hawaii for a year.  If Dana agrees, she will have to leave Canby Hall.

Meanwhile, Shelley is torn between Tom and her old boyfriend, Paul.  She doesn't know what to do, and Dana isn't interested in hearing about Shelley's problems.  She thinks Shelley's problems are silly.  Dana and Shelley are at war, and Faith must find a way to bring them back together.

I enjoyed this book

In Girls of Canby Hall #4, Keeping Secrets, important possessions begin disappearing in Baker House.  Soon, the girls are convinced that Mary Beth is the culprit.

Mary Beth acts unfriendly and refuses to become friends with anybody.  She isolates herself, and nobody likes her.  Faith alone tries to be friends with Mary Beth, but she is rebuffed.

This book introduces two new characters, Mary Beth and Millie.  Why introduce two characters whose names begin with the same letter?  After all, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet.  At times, I slightly confused the two characters.  Why do authors do that?!

While reading this book, I was interested to learn the identity of the thief.  I suspected a certain student of being the culprit rather than Mary Beth.

Too much of the text is devoted to trivial events, and much of the story drags.  The book is overall good, but it could have been written in a more interesting fashion.

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