Another installment in Jess Keating’s My Life Is A Zoo series featuring the hilarious, down-to-earth Ana Wright. In How To Outfox Your Friends When You Don’t Have A Clue, Ana is about to turn thirteen. And, you can imagine what sorts of interesting writing material that brings forth for the series.
Her best friend Liv, who is now her long-distance friend after she moved to New Zealand, returns for a visit. The initial excitement for Ana dwindles with the realization that this isn’t the same Liv who used to like getting milkshakes at Shaken: Not Stirred. No Sir Ree Bob. This new Liv 2.0 has dark purple streaked hair (it's actually called Violent Violet), and is into things that Ana definitely isn’t (well not yet, anyway). Grungy shirts, butt kicking boots, makeup and and interest in (dare I say the obvious) boys.
Liv’s changed. But then again, so has Ana. Her former enemy Ashley, is now her best-ish friend. But she can’t tell Liv that just yet. Even though Ashley used to seriously hate her, Ana realizes that they aren't that different after all. She finds a commonality with someone that used to be her nemesis. That's a wonderful lesson in acceptance.
Jess Keating has a knack for capturing the preteen genre. Young readers can find commonality with Ana Wright. I loved How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel. Jess Keating books remind me of why the younger me fostered a love of books and reading. Her style is unique, fun and super relatable.
How To Outfox Your Friends When You Don't Have A Clue is published by Sourcebooks, and distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books.