Four Things My Geeky-Jock-of-a-Best-Friend Must Do in Europe

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 9
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Brady is going to Europe—with her mother! It’s a family coming-of-age tradition, so there’s no way out of it. To make the trip more interesting, Brady’s best gal pal, Delia, has written four things Brady must do while she’s in Europe—and Delia used permanent marker so Brady can’t chicken out. Brady would never do these things without some encouragement (AKA pressure) from Delia.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 9
Reading Level Grade 6
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.2
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039060, JUV044000
Dewey [Fic]
Lexile 860
ATOS Reading Level 5.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 103228
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
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Author: Jane Harrington

A child of the Washington DC burbs, Jane grew up with two brothers and three sisters, a mom and a dad, a beagle named Charlie and a parakeet named Pudgie. Summers were spent submerged in the local swimming pool, and winter days waned in front of TV reruns of Laugh-In and The Twilight Zone. Despite many hardships (no computers, cell phones, DVDs or microwave popcorn, to name just a few) she reached adulthood in the late 1970s. By 1990 she had three daughters, to whom she'd read aloud the entire collection of children's books at the local public library. That's when she started writing. For almost twenty years, Jane's writing has been inspired by her three daughters. Their lively personalities regularly surface in her fiction. Meghan, her oldest daughter, held the spotlight in her first published short stories in Hopscotch Magazine. Her youngest, Lucy, was strikingly similar to the central character of her first published book, Lucy's (Completely Cool and Totally True) E-Journal. And though her "middlest" daughter, Emma, may not be just like Brady, her adventures and friends sparked Four Things My Geeky-Jock-of-a-Best-Friend Must Do In Europe, as well as the spin-off novel, My Best Friend, the Atlantic Ocean, and Other Great Bodies Standing Between Me and my Life with Giulio. She loves to hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, watch Washington Nationals baseball, and visit Ireland—the setting of her latest writing endeavor.


School Library Journal

“The author cleverly entwines the embarrassments of adolescence with travel episodes. The cover illustration provides a tantalizing invitation to this laugh-out-loud summer read. . . Just the right size for the beach, this book is flippant and fun.”
School Library Journal


“The epistolary format allows Brady’s unique voice to shine through and keeps the story moving along. . . Although there is not a lot of depth to this story, it will prove to be a fun summer read. The format and length will attract readers, and Brady’s distinctive voice will engage them.”