Daring to Be Abigail by Rachel Vail

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"I never say no to a dare", Abigail brags to her bunkmates at Camp Nashaquitsa. And so the dares begin. Play a prank; kiss a boy; tell a secret. But there's one secret she'll never tell. At home, Abigail is a coward. Here at camp, she can be fearless--the Abigail she's always wanted to be. But what can she do when the dares turn cruel?.
 

About Rachel Vail

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Rachel Vail is the author of the Friendship Ring series; the Avery sisters trilogy, which includes the critically acclaimed "Lucky", "Gorgeous", and "Brilliant"; and the novels "If We Kiss"; "Do-Over"; "Ever After"; "You, Maybe"; d"Daring to be Abigail"; and "Wonder". Rachel is also the author of the picture books "Righty and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet", "Sometimes I'm Bombaloo", and "Jibberwillies at Night". Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.
 
Published March 1, 1996 by Orchard Books (NY). 128 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Abby, 11, has a promising first day at Camp Nashaquitsa: Her new bunkmates accept her as Abigail, as she would like to be known, and she expects to prove herself the strong, brave person she believes her recently deceased father wanted her to be.

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Abigail has decided that her 11th summer-and her first at sleep-away camp-will be one of transformation. Far away from the neighborhood kids and classmates who think she's a wimp, Abigail longs to bec

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anchors the proceedings in a readily recognizable preteen world,"" said PW's starred review of this account of a girl's first summer at camp.

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And Abigail's knowing assessments of her situation and her eventual self-acceptance, beautifully characterized by handwritten letters to her mother (and father) at the end of each chapter, are tender, powerful counterpoints that balance-but don't deflate-the book's many lighthearted moments.

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