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Gossip times three
Koss, Amy Goldman, 1954-
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
170 pages ; 22 cm
The relationships between three friends change in seventh grade when they discover that two of them have a crush on the same boy.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.5 6.0 74146.
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Central Library X Young Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Young Adult
Newstead Library X Adult Fiction Young Adult
Niagara Branch Library X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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"This is a true story about three best friends who will no doubt become my three sworn enemies when they find out that I'm writing this," says our mystery narrator at the beginning of Amy Koss's latest novel of middle-school fun and torment. Abby has always had a crush on Zack, and her best friends Bess and Cristy have always known it. So how could Bess possibly think it's okay to go out with Zack herself?! And whose side is Cristy on anyway?

From the moment Bess utters the traitorous "Zack's cute!" to the day Abby seeks a surprising revenge and beyond, our outspoken narrator (who won't reveal her identity until the final page) is there to share her particular front-row view of the mess. She even throws in some tasty tidbits about the love lives of the girls' divorced moms.

It's laugh-out-loud funny, it's candid, and it's universal-as all of Amy Koss's novels are. That's why they so often appear on best-of-the-year lists, including ALA Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Quick Picks, IRA Young Adult Choices, and IRA Teacher's Choices.

Author Notes

Amy Goldman Koss is a children's writer who attended Lansing Community College and Wayne State University but did not finish her degree. As an adult, she lived in several places such as - Lansing, Boston, Stuart, Florida - working odd jobs and taking random college classes. She soon started submitting her drawings and writings to newspapers and literary magazines. When her first picture book got published, she was totally hooked and spent the next few years writing and illustrating picture books in verse. After having her children she started writing novels and has been doing it ever since. Her titles include Gossip Times Three, How I Saved Hanukkah, and Smoke Screen.

She belongs to several writing societies such as Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Children's Author's Network and Friend's of Children and Literature Authors Guild.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Flouting the classic dictum that storytellers should show, not tell, Koss (The Girls) chatters her way through this novel, talking out each angle of the tempest-in-a-teapot that upsets three seventh-grade girls. The narrator, the 16-year-old sister of one of the trio, openly addresses the audience and her teacher, Mr. Wordsmith, for whom she is drafting this opus. In what she concedes is "microscopic detail," the narrator describes how Abby has always been infatuated with her classmate Zack. One day Bess, one of Abby's two best friends, announces that Zack is cute, and 20 pages later, Bess secures Zack's affections by informing him that she likes him. Koss understands the dynamics of junior high friendships, attractions and cliques, and she develops the ramifications of the romantic triangle with easy authenticity. The breathless narrator makes a show of constantly interrupting herself (e.g., "You may feel that this chapter is beside the point, but this entire story is so pointy that just about everything is beside it"). She relays not only what happens, but what might have happened, why she does or does not know what happens, why she does or does not remember to relay what happens, etc. Budding postmodernists may enjoy this; others may find the exhaustive telling... exhausting. Ages 10-14. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-In an authentic voice, an unnamed narrator (whose identity is revealed at the end) tells the story of three seventh-grade girls as they weather the storm created by Bess dating her friend Abby's longtime crush. The narrative is presented as an English assignment and openly addresses questions of theme, plot, and foreshadowing and offers readers alternative scenarios and explanations of the characters' motivations. The most distinctive traits are the light, humorous, conversational style (which reluctant readers should like) and the emphasis on the triangular nature of the friendship. Every occurrence of any word related to three is capitalized (TRIO, TRIATHLON, THIRTEEN, you get the idea). While some youngsters may find this device clever, most will agree with the narrator, who admits near the end of the book, "this whole business with the THREES has really gotten on my nerves." An interesting subplot explores each girl's home life (all live with divorced mothers).-Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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