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Peppermint Cocoa Crushes

A Swirl Novel from Sky Pony

Friends, cocoa, crushes... catastrophe!

Sasha is so excited. 'Tis the season for snow, gifts, peppermint cocoa, and the Holidaze Spectacular -- the school's variety show competition with an amazing grand prize! She and her best friends, twins Karly and Kevin, are working on a dance routine for it, and Sasha is sure they'll win. She's also sure that her crush -- Kevin -- likes her back. She just needs to find a way to tell him.


But then nothing goes as planned. Karly disappears into quiz bowl, things with Kevin are going nowhere, and Sasha's head is spinning between rehearsals, homework, and volunteer commitments. Everything is falling apart! Can Sasha repair a friendship, figure out her crush, and still make the most of her moment in the spotlight?

Review from Booklist 

"Full of humor and silly mishaps.... A good choice for libraries looking to add some gentle romance to their middle-grade collection." --Booklist

Sasha is excited to be preparing for the Holidaze Spectacular, the school’s variety-show competition. This year’s prize is tuition to her dream summer arts academy, but Sasha’s plans for the show aren’t working out. When her best friend declares she has a crush on someone and insists that Sasha must have a secret crush, too, Sasha logically decides to set her sights on her best friend, Kevin. So why does he keep spending time with his friend Ryan? And why does she keep running into the cute new boy and like spending time with him? Sasha is a bit naive when it comes to relationships, and savvy readers are sure to figure out Sasha’s true crush long before she does. But the journey is typical tween, full of humor and silly mishaps. An additional story line about Sasha standing up to her mom about her own interests makes the overall story strong. A good choice for libraries looking to add some gentle romance to their middle-grade collection.— Sarah Bean Thompson


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