Nine-year-old Ida May is happy: at last, she has a Best Friend, Stacey. If only Jenna, that girl in her class, would stop being so bossy, and her parents would let her get her ears pierced, things would really be perfect.There doesn't seem to be much Ida can do about Jenna, but her mother tells her that if she shows she is responsible enough to care for her ears herself (for example, by changing her fish tank's filter without being reminded) she may have them pierced after her tenth birthday. However, when Jenna brings her Truth or Dare game to school, and it becomes more sinister than a recess pastime, Ida's earlier concerns seem insignificant by comparison. It takes all of her courage, and that of an unexpected ally, to resist the attraction of being accepted by the group when such acceptance could prove hazardous. And perhaps there is something Ida can do about Jenna after all. Through her journal entries, we gain insight into Ida's worldview and valuable observations of events as they unfold. This third story in the Friends for Keeps series can be enjoyed without reading the earlier titles, but a familiarity with the previous books will make the latest addition all the more meaningful. Readers new to the series will definitely want to go back to the first stories about Ida. 234 pages.Recommended for ages 9-11.
Recommended by Basya Karp, Librarian