BSC Friends Forever #1:
Kristy's Big News


ISBN 0-590-52313-9
144 pages; Ages 8-12

It's a bridesmaid surprise!

Kristy's father left her family when she was little. Now, years later, he's called with some surprising news: He's getting married! Kristy and her brothers Sam and Charlie must head to California for the wedding - and to meet their new stepmom. Kristy doesn't know what to expect. It's been a long time since she's seen her father. And now she's supposed to be his bridesmaid! What will Kristy do?

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KRISTY'S BIG NEWS

"What is it?'' I blurted out. I pushed my chair back and stood up. I couldn't think. My father never, ever calls us. Never. In fact, I've only seen him a handful of times since he left, including once completely by chance at a ball game in California.

"Kristy?" my mother said in a gentle voice.

"Go on," Watson said. "Why don't you use the extension in my office?"

I nodded. I turned toward Watson's office, glad to have a little time to collect myself.

I hesitated a long moment before picking up the phone. This was a clear sign that I was rattled. Any of my friends will tell you that I do not hesitate often.

I picked up the phone, pressed it to my ear, and said, "Hello?"

"Kristy!" My father's voice boomed over the line as if we were old buddies. "Is that you?"

"Yes," I said. "Uh, hi. How are you?"

"Oh, fine, fine. Better than fine. Excellent, in fact." My father sounded nervous -- and way too cheerful. What was going on?

Charlie said, "Why are you calling?"

"Well, because I have great news. Everyone's on now, right? -- Sam, Charlie?" Without waiting for an answer, my father continued, "I wanted my kids to be the first to know: I'm getting married. To Zoey. That's her name. She's great."

No one said a word. It was as if the phone connection between California and Stoneybrook had been cut off.

My father said, "Aren't you going to congratulate me?"

I heard a click. Somehow, I knew it was Charlie, hanging up the phone.