In a humorous and insightful novel about dares, divorce and friendship. Lisa Graff tells the story of fourth graders Kansas Bloom and Francine Halata, who start out as archenemies until they discover they have a lot more in common than they thought. It is told in dual-perspective and is done beautifully.
I think this book is perfect for both boys and girls. The boys will really enjoy the dares such as licking lizards and stringing underpants on a flag pole. While this book is light and silly it also deals with divorce and shows how children deal with difficult family situations. The author also includes examples of supportive friends and family to help them deal with their problems. I definitely recommend this book to everyone child and adult alike.