Eleven-year-old Cassidy has just inherited a gift from her late great-grandmother. Unfortunately, that “gift” turns out to be a summer trapped in etiquette school. What good are manners, anyway, for a girl who dreams of living life on the road as a hobo—er, “knight of the road”?
As if trying to remember to keep her elbows off the table isn’t bad enough, Cassidy’s best friend, Jack, suddenly seems more interested in doing chores for the new teenage girl who’s moved in next door than in fishing with Cassidy down by the river. Not even her classic epic pranks seem to be saving Cassidy from having her worst summer ever. It’s time to face facts: growing up stinks.
Veteran middle-grade author Sue Stauffacher returns with a cranky, pranky, laugh-out-loud tomboy heroine who might just learn the hard way that manners do matter, and that people can change.
Eleven-year-old Cassidy Corcoran couldn t be more upset that her great-grandmother s dying wish was that she attend a five-week etiquette course, especially since her sister gets to go to forensic camp. Cassidy s dream, rather, is to become a hobo, riding the rails (she s even renamed herself Calamity Cassidy ). During the etiquette course, Miss Melton-Mowry s lessons in posture, table manners, and proper conversation alternately annoy and bore Cassidy. What s worse, ever since a young beauty pageant contestant moved in next door, Cassidy s best friend Jack seems more interested in being the girl s handyman than being Cassidy s partner in crime. But Cassidy makes some unlikely friends in etiquette class, including Officer Weston, an uncivilized clod of a policeman, and enemy-turned-ally Delton Bean. While Stauffacher s (the Animal Rescue Team series) plot drags in the middle, Cassidy s flair for the dramatic ( I had no idea there was a word for the very thing I m genius at! Cassidy thinks after learning the meaning of obfuscate ) makes for many amusing moments along the way. Ages 8 12.