The Isabel Factor

 
Gayle Friesen
 

When the fearless Zoe breaks her arm in a fall, Anna must brave summer camp --- and her debut as a Counselor In Training --- without her best friend. Going it alone is not something Anna is ready for. Cruising along in Zoe's shadow had been comfortable, but now Anna is out in the full glare of the sun. There's no hiding from harsh truths and plenty of people to point them out. Take Karim, the swim instructor, who has suddenly turned gorgeous but obviously hates Anna.

And Anna's new friend and cabinmate Isabel --- rainbow hair, sharp tongue and no boundaries. Sooner or later Anna will have to face another hard truth: things have changed between her and Zoe and there's no going back into the shadows. But where can Anna hide when just being herself isn't nearly enough?

978-1-55337-738-2 | Aug 1, 2005
List Price: USD $7.95, CAD $8.95
BW 5 1/4 x 7 7/8 256 pages
Grades: 7 To 9 / Ages: 12 to 14

Educational Resources

Z
7-up
640L
MG
4.2

Awards & Reviews

“Dialogue is conversational and realistic... The theme of identity and maturing friendships is worthy of exploration.”
— School Library Journal, November 2005
“A stylish writer with easygoing wit ... Aside from being an enjoyable read, this may cause similarly self-underestimating readers to reconsider their own strengths -- a good thing indeed.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, October 2005
2008 - Stellar Award, BC Teen Readers' Choice, Short-listed
2007 - Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2006 - Young Adult Canadian Book Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed
2006 - Independant Publisher Book Award, Short-listed
2006 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Short-listed

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