Jacqueline Wilson is a bestselling author in Britain. She has written several award-winning books for young readers, including "The Suitcase Kid, Double Act, The Lottie Project, Bad Girls, The Story of Tracy Beaker, and Vicky Angel."
Gr 6-9-In the third book in the series, Ellie, 13, meets the boy of her dreams and learns that love isn't always what makes the world go round. Her feelings for Russell cause her to make some wrong choices and the consequences make her miserable. Then, Ellie and her two best friends, Nadine and Magda, get tickets to a rock concert, but their plans for a girls' night out fall apart when the concert is cancelled. They wind up in a strange house in a dangerous part of London with some shady boys who want them to drink, smoke dope, and make out. The girls escape, but not without taking risks that could have cost them their lives. The teens continually lie to their parents to cover up where they are and with whom, and when they get caught, they do not take their punishment seriously. They show disrespect to their parents, teachers, and other students in the pursuit of what they want and, for the most part, they get it. However, the author does a good job portraying the angst of teen love and the importance of best friends. This formula teen romance, complete with British slang and lingo, will be a popular, quick read, but there is not much depth of character or plot.-Susan Geye, Crowley Ninth Grade Campus, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
British author Jacqueline Wilson presents the third title in her Girls trilogy, Girls Out Late. Ellie goes ga-ga over a new boy, but when she breaks her curfew to meet up with him, her plan backfires. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.