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Title:
The Cannibals : starring Tiffany Spratt
Author:
Grant, Cynthia D.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
148 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
In her journal the relentlessly superficial Tiffany, head of the cheerleading group called the Cannibals, describes the excitement and turmoil of her senior year in high school.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.3 6.0 69572.
ISBN:
9780761316428

9780761327592
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Book

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Is it true that I'm just a big phony who doesn't notice anybody but herself, and wants life to be like TV, with everybody watching, and everything all beautiful and glittery? No. If that were true, this book would only have the good parts, not the parts where people are calling me a jerk. Triumph. Tears. Health & Beauty Tips. You'll find all this and more, in the story of Tiffany's life so far. Prepare to laugh aloud -- again and again


Author Notes

Cynthia D. Grant is the award-winning author of Mary Wolf and T he White Horse She lives in the mountains outside Cloverdale, California.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Grant (Mary Wolf) takes a breather from her sobering YA fiction to serve up a trenchant satire. Set a decade or two in the future, the story is breathlessly narrated by headstrong 17-year-old Tiffany Spratt, who is videotaping her journal for a school assignment and for posterity, because she is certain she'll be famous. Right away she falls for a handsome new student whose name, Campbell, she mistakes for Cannibal, which she instantly decides to call her clique at Hiram Johnson High ("They should make a show about our school," she enthuses. "They could call it Hi High and it would be all about me and The Girls and our exciting adventures as cheerleaders, and Cannibal could play my boyfriend... and [my boyfriend] Wally will just have to get used to it").Tiffany's attempts to lure the ultra cool, highly principled Campbell into a "real" kiss run alongside her campaign to persuade the school board to allow a teen vampire film to be shot at her school she just knows it will be her big break. Grant points the finger at all sorts of "cannibals" in a culture of consumption, from commercial sponsors of school equipment to the totally outr (e.g., the Jerry Springer-style talk show host is a former U.S. president) as she keeps Tiffany's slyly skewed platitudes flowing ("I know what it's like to feel hopeless... but every cloud has a silver lining, and it's always darkest before the storm"). A solid comedy with bite. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-A real send-up of a California cool blonde, Tiffany vapidly videotapes a journal in an attempt to fulfill an English assignment. She emphatically believes that the window of the soul is not the eyes, but the hair. As she becomes attracted to a handsome new student, Campbell, whose name she mishears as Cannibal, she has only nanoseconds to dwell on her official boyfriend, Wally. Campbell and Tiffany clash about vegetarianism, using animals for medical testing, and social values. Campbell complains that she never listens and that he feels like a mere accessory, while Tiffany plots to have her school used as the filming location for a shallow horror flick and thereby gain a speaking part. Wally, who has been exiled to a reform school in the jungle, reappears on the scene, and Campbell confides the real reason why he can never truly be her boyfriend. The characterization may be shallow, the satire rather broad, and the foreshadowing heavy, but The Cannibals is a hoot. Grant razzes lots of different social agendas. While the tone is quite the opposite of her Mary Wolf (Atheneum, 1995), many of the same social issues could be discussed. This one will be wildly popular.-Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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