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Jersey Tomatoes are the Best

By: Maria Padian

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Best friends and super talented Eva and Henry (short for the hated Henrietta) make the most of everything – even being from New Jersey. In their world, Jersey Tomatoes are the best. Gracefully strong, yet fragile ballerina Eva has made an art of not fitting in. Beautiful, hitting powerhouse Henry has a mind game as mean as her tennis. Together they can leave behind the competition, practice and drive to be the best, and just be friends. Acceptance to competitive camps this summer makes professional careers in their passions seem just a little closer, but the friends will be 1,000 miles apart. Henry is off to Florida and Eva will have to drive into New York City. As their summers unfold in alternating chapters, Henry puts pressure on her tennis opponents, while Eva begins to crumble under the pressures of dance. But, by the end of the summer, these best friends prove that Jersey Tomatoes really are the best.


Prepared by Julie Fales, Library-Media Specialist, Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, Kansas