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Fair-weather Friends

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Gallery Books | September 16, 2008 | Trade Paperback |

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Welcome to the club....

The Theta Ladies are the hottest new high school sorority, and Camille wants in! After seeing the girls perform a fantastic show at her school, Camille''s dreaming of donning the pink satin T-shirt of the Thetas...and is beyond flattered when the sorority sisters actually acknowledge her existence. If only she could persuade her best friends -- Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel -- to join with her....

Is it worth the price of admission?

Jasmine has always butted heads with Tori Young, the Theta Ladies president, and she wants no part of the exclusive sorority scene. Camille, Alexis, and Angel are excited to be pledging and are up for any challenge. When it is time to announce new members, Camille and Alexis are accepted and Angel''s left out in the cold. Despite her disappointment, Angel encourages her friends to enjoy themselves. But when the real reason for Angel''s rejection comes to light, Alexis and Camille must choose: Do they break their commitment to their newfound "sisters" to take a stand for their sister at heart?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: September 16, 2008

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416558764

ISBN - 13: 9781416558767

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Fair-weather Friends

Fair-weather Friends

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: September 16, 2008

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416558764

ISBN - 13: 9781416558767

About the Book

In the fifth book in Billingsley's inspiring series about a group of teens who find faith and friendship in an after-school church group, the Girlz girls learn a hard lesson about prejudice after one of their own is rejected by a sorority because of her heritage.

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1 Camille These chicks were off the chain! I couldn''t do anything but stare in awe at the twelve girls on the auditorium stage. Not only did they look cute as all get-out in their tight black low-riders and pink satin T-shirts with "Theta Diva" spelled out in rhinestones, but they were doing moves I''d never seen before. We were at my school''s step show. The Thetas were the third act, and they were turning the place out. As a member of my high school''s drill team, I can appreciate a good dancer, but these girls were dancing and stepping like they were starring in that Stomp the Yard movie. They had the crowd going wild. One of my best friends, Alexis, must''ve been thinking the same thing because she leaned in to me and shouted over the thumping rap music, "Girl, what''s the name of this group again?" "They''re called the Theta Ladies. It''s a sorority at my school," I responded as we stood with the crowd and applauded like crazy while they exited the stage. Although the sorority was on campus at a lot of other high schools here in Houston, the Thetas had just started at my school last year. I''d seen the girls around campus, wearing their pink-and-white T-shirts, but I''d never paid them much attention. Until now. "Gimme a break. They ain''t all that," my other best friend, Jasmine, said as she turned up her nose. I ignored her. Jasmine always had something negative to say. Not many things impressed her and she always found something wrong with everything. Jasmine had com
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Welcome to the club....

The Theta Ladies are the hottest new high school sorority, and Camille wants in! After seeing the girls perform a fantastic show at her school, Camille''s dreaming of donning the pink satin T-shirt of the Thetas...and is beyond flattered when the sorority sisters actually acknowledge her existence. If only she could persuade her best friends -- Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel -- to join with her....

Is it worth the price of admission?

Jasmine has always butted heads with Tori Young, the Theta Ladies president, and she wants no part of the exclusive sorority scene. Camille, Alexis, and Angel are excited to be pledging and are up for any challenge. When it is time to announce new members, Camille and Alexis are accepted and Angel''s left out in the cold. Despite her disappointment, Angel encourages her friends to enjoy themselves. But when the real reason for Angel''s rejection comes to light, Alexis and Camille must choose: Do they break their commitment to their newfound "sisters" to take a stand for their sister at heart?

Bookclub Guide

Questions for Discussion

1. Fair-Weather Friends is the fifth book in Billingsley''s Good Girlz series. How have the Good Girlz changed from earlier books? Who has matured the most? Who seems to have changed least?

2. Who is your favorite member of the Good Girlz? Have your opinions of any of the characters changed from book to book?

3. From the moment Camille sees the Thetas performing, she wants to be a part of their world. "I couldn''t stop talking about the Theta Ladies. As a matter of fact, the whole school was talking about them." Why is Camille so drawn to the Thetas? Why does it take her so long to see the downside of the Thetas, even after the issues that come up with Angel?

4. How does each character''s past shape the decisions she makes? How do they all learn from the mistakes of others?

5. Why does Jasmine see through the Thetas much earlier than her friends do? How is she different from the rest of the Good Girlz?

6. What does this book tell us about race relations? Have you or people you know experienced racism or other prejudices? How do you react to people who are outwardly prejudiced?

7. Rachel tells Jasmine, "I want you to understand that friends go through their ups and downs all the time...Keep trying to get through to them. Come up with a plan. Anything. Just don''t give up on your friendship." Have any of your friendships been tested? How did you handle it? How do you work to maintain your friendships?

8. Do you think Tori''s racial views reflect those of many people? Why do you think people like Tori act the way they do?

9. What does the book tell us about the nature of groups and exclusivity? Discuss the ways in which organized groups can positively and negatively impact society.

10. What were some of the funniest parts of the book? The most shocking? What were some other lines and scenes that stood out?

11. Who are some of your other favorite motivational fiction writers?

Activities to Enhance Your Book Club

1. This novel talks about the importance of community service. Get your group together for a volunteer outing. Take a look at http://www.networkforgood.org/volunteer/ or http://www.redcross.org/donate/volunteer/ for ideas. Or, brainstorm ideas for activities that support your favorite causes.

2. Have a dinner party where everyone prepares a favorite fun and easy dish. Bring music to play while you cook so you can share both songs and recipes. Try http://www.foodnetwork.com if you need ideas.

3. Get to know one another better. Write questions such as "What is your favorite book of all time?" and "Which fictional character do you most identify with?" on slips of paper. Drop them in a hat and pass them around.

4. Learn more about ReShonda Tate Billingsley and her upcoming books at http://www.myspace.com/goodgirlz1 and http://www.reshondatatebillingsley.com.

Appropriate for ages: 14

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