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The double digit club
Bauer, Marion Dane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2004]

Physical Description:
116 pages ; 22 cm
Nine-year-old Sarah is excited about summer vacation, but she faces unexpected crises when her best friend Paige becomes old enough to join a local girls' clique, and when she makes choices which affect her relationship with an elderly blind neighbor.
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.7 4.0 75666.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 10 Quiz: 35152 Guided reading level: P.
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This summer nine-year-old Sarah is dreading the first day of summer vacation. It will be her best friend's birthday, and stuck-up Valerie Miller will ask Paige to join her silly Double-Digit Club, a group that ignores girls who are not ten yet. If Paige says yes, Sarah will have no friends for the whole summer because her birthday isn't until the end of August. Even though Sarah and Paige have promised to be "last, best, and only friends," Sarah is not sure Paige will be able to pass up the chance to be accepted by the most popular girls in school. In this heartfelt novel, a girl discovers the meaning of true and honest friendship and learns to face the future as a wiser and more open person.

Author Notes

Marion Dane Bauer was born in Oglesby, Illinois. She attended community college first, in her home town, and then went to the University of Missouri when she was a junior to study journalism. She quickly realized that journalism was not for her and changed her focus to the humanities and a degree in English literature. She switched one last time to focus on teaching english, which she did when she graduated college.

After her children were born, Bauer decided to try her hand at writing. She started out with a children's picture book, but discovered that youg adult novels were more to her taste. After making a career out of writing, Bauer became the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College for the only Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.

Bauer is the author of more than forty books for young people. She has won many awards, including a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for her novel Rain of Fire and an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for On My Honor and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her picture book My Mother is Mine was a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. In this sharply observed look at the fraught social lives of tween girls, fourth-grade best pals Sarah and Paige make a pact: they'll never join prissy Valerie's Double-Digit Club, a clique open only to 10-year-olds. But when Paige's tenth birthday brings an invitation to become a DDC and she accepts, 9-year-old Sarah is left reeling from her friend's abandonment. Bauer gets Sarah's sense of loss laced with disdain just right; she speaks of Paige going over to Valerie in terms usually reserved for recruits to the Dark Side. Her friendship with a blind, elderly neighbor offers some solace, but her impulsive decision to borrow Mrs. B.'s antique porcelain doll, in a bid to win back doll-enthusiast Paige, feels somewhat forced. Even so, middle-graders will sympathize with how seemingly innocuous errors in judgment can snowball into serious trouble and respond to Mrs. B.'s gentle but firm guidance as Sarah learns the simple but very complicated truths about growing up. An excellent choice for fans of Sharon Creech's Granny Torrelli Makes Soup (2003). --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This compassionately wrought coming-of-age story features a bossy but likable heroine whose desperate attempt to win back a friend leads to disaster. Sarah's promising summer, "spread all around like butter melting into warm toast," suddenly turns bitter when her best friend, Paige, betrays her by accepting an invitation to popular Valerie's "Double-Digit Club," wherein girls who have reached their 10th birthday shun those who have not. Sarah, who will remain nine until August, is so determined to lure Paige away from the club that she steals something she knows her friend will covet: an antique doll belonging to Miss Berglund, Sarah's elderly, blind neighbor. Bauer (On My Honor; Rain of Fire) ratchets up the stakes as her flawed heroine sinks deeper into the murky waters of deception, lying to herself as well as Paige and Miss Berglund. The author's honest rendering of growing pains is sometimes discomforting, indicating (as stated by wise "Miss B") that there is "a bit of hate in every kind of love" and suggesting that the rip in the girls' friendship can never be completely mended. Nonetheless, by the end of the novel, readers will detect a positive change in both Paige's and Sarah's attitudes. The once meek Paige is more willing to stand up for herself, and Sarah, realizing that she can sometimes be as controlling as her nemesis Valerie, is humbled and seems capable of growing in new ways. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Nine-year-old Sarah looks forward to a summer of fun with best friend, Paige. Once Paige turns 10, however, snobby Valerie invites her to join her exclusive, double-digit club, and Sarah is left alone. She pines away her days, spending some time with her elderly, blind neighbor. When she spies a beautiful doll encased in glass in the woman's bedroom, she "borrows" it in an attempt to woo Paige back. Readers can predict the outcome: the doll is damaged and the ploy is a failure. Paige later reveals that though the club is boring, she also finds her friendship with bossy Sarah less than enjoyable. While many of the story elements will be familiar to readers, they are presented here in a meaningful and thoughtful way. As usual, Bauer doesn't paint characters who are purely good or bad; she gives them human failings that tend to make them less likable but more realistic.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 My Last, My Best, My Onlyp. 1
Chapter 2 Say It!p. 12
Chapter 3 Who Wants Her Back?p. 22
Chapter 4 Everybody's Favoritep. 28
Chapter 5 Collettep. 37
Chapter 6 Only Borrowingp. 43
Chapter 7 Just You Waitp. 52
Chapter 8 Monkey-See-Monkey-Do!p. 58
Chapter 9 It's No Wonderp. 66
Chapter 10 Growing Upp. 73
Chapter 11 I Know!p. 81
Chapter 12 For Youp. 89
Chapter 13 "Blast It, Papa"p. 97
Chapter 14 Hard Workp. 106
Chapter 15 Golden Summerp. 113