The Year Of Secret Assignments Author:Jaclyn Moriarty 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 missio... more »ns, false alarms, lock picking, mistaken identities, and an all-out war between the schools--not to mention some really excellent kissing.« less
This book is really well writen. I love the form of Letters, Journals, and e-mails. Keeps you wondering what form will come next. In the end, it kind of seems like the author did not know what to write, but it did all come together. Overall, this book has comedy, romance (Nice love-hate-love relationship), and adventure (The trouble that they get into at school). This book does have some references more for an older group, and some swearing. I would think this book is good for ages 14 and up. Maybe a mature 12-13 year old too. Make sure to check out this GREAT read. I am going to look into some other books by Jaclyn Moriarty for sure!
Told entirely through its characters' notes, letters, diaries, and e-mails, this book is the laugh-out-loud story of three girls figuring out who they are - and one friendship that lasts no matter what.
What's not to love about The Year of Secret Assignments?! Jacyln Moriarty's writing style occasionally put me in the mind of Lemony Snicket minus the dark undertones. I enjoy stories presented in format that strays from the traditional chapter flow, and Moriarty does a good job of revealing the various characters' personalities through their letters and e-mails to one another. I know that a book has me under its spell when I am willing to sacrifice sleep on a school night to read "just a few more pages" (which inevitably will lead to reading much more than that), and thanks to Moriarty's original characters and compelling story, I did just that.