The Year Of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

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Three girls. Three boys. Two rival schools.
This could get messy.

The Ashbury-Brookfield pen pal program is designed to bring together the two rival schools in a spirit of harmony and "the Joy of the Envelope." But when Cassie, Lydia, and Emily send their first letters to Matthew, Charlie, and Sebastian, things don't go quite as planned. What starts out as a simple letter exchange soon leads to secret missions, false alarms, lock picking, mistaken identities, and an all-out war between the schools--not to mention some really excellent kissing.
 

About Jaclyn Moriarty

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Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia, with 4 sisters, 1 brother, 2 dogs, and 12 chickens. She studied law at the University of Sydney, Yale, and Cambridge, and worked as an entertainment lawyer before she wrote the Ashbury High novels, including THE YEAR OF SECRET ASSIGNMENTS, THE MURDER OF BINDY MACKENZIE, and THE GHOSTS OF ASHBURY HIGH. She still lives in Sydney, with her little boy, Charlie.
 
Published February 1, 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 356 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Like the namesake in Moriarty’s bestselling Feeling Sorry for Celia (many clever references creep in), three more Aussie teens must establish pen pals at a rival public high school.

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"Once again, Moriarty uses an epistolary format to bring to life the voices of contemporary teens in an Australian private school," said PW , of this tale that contains elements of mystery, romance and revenge.

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Lydia and Emily form solid bonds with their pen pals, Seb and Charlie, but more vulnerable Cassie has trouble relating to her partner, a mysterious, cynical boy named Matthew, who (according to Seb and Charlie) does not exist.

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Overall, I give The Year of Secret Assignments… Plot – 4 bookmarks Character development – 5 bookmarks Moral lessons – 4 bookmarks Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Molly Quinn (Emily), Naomi Scott (Cassie), Kaya Scodelario (Lydia), Cameron Bright (Matthew/Paul), ...

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USA Today

Moriarty's follow-up to her best-selling Feeling Sorry for Celia is a funny and somewhat bittersweet story creatively told by three girls in a private school (Lydia, Emily and Cassie) and three boys in a public school (Sebastian, Charlie and Matthew).

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Teen Reads

Outraged by Matthew's betrayal, Cassie's fiercely loyal friends, united with their newfound Brookfield allies, vow to seek revenge on Cassie's mysterious pen pal.

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