How I Survived My Summer Vacation by Robin Friedman
And Lived to Write the Story

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Thirteen-year-old Jackie Monterey wants to write a novel the summer before he starts high school. There's just one problem - he can't get past the first sentence. His friends are no help. When Nick isn't combing his hair or dealing with his fear of dogs, he's checking out girls. Gary is either obsessed with perfecting his new English accent or just idolizing Nick. And Jackie's best friend, Mallory, a theme park fanatic, is caught up in her own writing project - a contest essay to win a trip to Kingdom of Magic. It looks like Jackie might finally find inspiration when he joins the swim team and falls in love with the coach's daughter. But things start to get weird when Nick hooks up with a dog-crazy girlfriend and Mallory begins reciting poetry with a goon from the rival swim team. Before the summer is over, everything Jackie has counted on to stay the same has changed, and everyone is giving him advice about how to live his life. They couldn't be right, could they?

About Robin Friedman

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Robin Friedman is an advertising copywriter and freelance writer for several newspapers and magazines in New Jersey. The Silent Witness is her first children's book with Houghton Mifflin.
Published May 1, 2000 by Cricket Books. 173 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In many ways Jackie Monterey, 13, is a typical teenager.

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In Friedman's humorous first novel, 13-year-old aspiring writer Jackie Monterey plans to spend his summer writing a novel--but can't get past the opening line. It doesn't help that he keeps getting di

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