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House Party
By author: Eric Walters
Selling Points: Responsibility, peer pressure
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2007
Lexile Level: HL600L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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I followed them into the living room and was met by a mass of people. My sudden courage seemed to deflate. How could I ever get this many people to leave?
Just then I heard the sirens.

As the new girl in a strange town, Casey is trying desperately to fit in and make friends. When her parents leave town for the weekend, her friend suggests she have a house party. Casey is reluctant to go along, until she realizes maybe this is the answer to fitting in and making friends—and getting back at her parents. They invite a few people and then a few more, using msn and text messaging. Hundreds of people show up and things get out of hand. Casey is in more trouble than she thought possible and now she must decide whether—and how—to do the right thing.
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books - November 1, 2008
"Shakes fear in this mother['s] heart but does strike a suitable cautionary note for those tempted to deceive parents and party down."
Resource Links - January 1, 2008
"An entertaining tale with a real-life lesson...House Party would make and excellent addition to any personal or class library." - January 1, 2008
"A fast-paced story that won't sit on the shelf for long."


CCBC Best Books , commended  CA  2008


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