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    1. Homecoming
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    3. Dicey's Song (Tillerman Series)
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    4. Sometimes I'm Bombaloo
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    5. Never Mind! : A Twin Novel
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    1. Homecoming
    by Cynthia Voigt
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    Asin: 0689851324
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Sales Rank: 35114
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    "IT'S STILL TRUE."

    That's the first thing James Tillerman says to his sister Dicey every morning. It's still true that their mother has abandoned the four Tillerman children somewhere in the middle of Connecticut. It's still true they have to find their way, somehow, to Great-aunt Cilla's house in Bridgeport, which may be their only hope of staying together as a family.

    But when they get to Bridgeport, they learn that Great-aunt Cilla has died, and the home they find with her daughter, Eunice, isn't the permanent haven they've been searching for. So their journey continues to its unexpected conclusion -- and some surprising discoveries about their history, and their future. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I've read it three times and enjoy it more each time!
    I first read Homecoming in 3rd grade as my first "fat book" (it has 372 pages). I loved it, even though it took me about three months to finish. Since then I've read it two other times. Homecoming lets your imagination soar, thinking of odd and fascinating ways to earn money and survive in this world. In Homecoming after their mother deserts them at a shopping mall, Dicey (age 13) and her younger siblings (ages 6,9,10) must survive a trip to their Aunt Cilla's house. WALKING! Money is a BIG problem, at the beginning of their trip all they had was a measly $11. And they spent $4 the first night! All four struggle to withstand the threat of starvation. And at points in the story, they walk for so long and so hard; you'd wonder why they just don't collapse. Also is the terror of being caught and put in a foster home. Man! How can you expect a 13-year-old to hold all that responsibility! Luckily a couple of people they meet are kind, but certainly not everyone! I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who has a good imagination or loves adventures!

    4-0 out of 5 stars homecoming
    I really enjoyed reading Homecoming this summer. this book is about how Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy figured out ways to survive in very tough situations, and how they thought of clever ways to earn money. I particularly liked how they carried groceries for people, and how they could find empty houses and parks to sleep in at night. I also liked how each character in the book had a separate personality and didn't change who they were, or how they acted throughout the book. I especially like Sammy as a character, how he was always stubborn, and got into fights a lot.
    This was a very good novel. It is probably one of my top twenty favorite books. I like stories of survival and mystery, and this novel had both of those particular qualities. Overall I thought Homecoming was a really great book and I would recommend it to anybody. It is really hard to put down. Once you start reading, you want to find out what will happen next and soon enough you have finished the book. Cynthia Voigt is a great writer, and I can't wait to read the next books in the series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What I Think About Homecoming
    I think homecoming is a good book. It is about four kids named dicey, Maybeth,James, and Sammy. Every cristmas their aunt cilla sends them a card, so they diced to go see her. When they where on thier way to Birgport thier mother wento the mall and told them tostay in the car while she go in.Then seh told James Maybeth and Sammy to obay Dicey and do what she says to do. They watied a long time and she never came back. So Dicey said lets start walking to Brigeport and maybe mom will be thier. days and days went by and they finly made it to thier Aunt cilla house. When they got thier they found out that thier Aunt cilla was dead and thiercousin unice stayed thier, also that thier mother was not thier. So days later they got tired of staying thier so thye decied to go see thier grandmother. They found out that thier grandmother was mean until they got tokonw her. But they now live with thier Grandmother.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Homecoming
    Homecoming is a good book!! this book shows what would really happens to young childern on there own!! it also shows that you should love your family and love people you never met and they can help you!! the book shows things may not turn out like you want it to but it comes out ok!! cuz even if you are alone there are still people out there in the world that can help you!! these childern go a long way and go through alot just to find a loved one and still try to stay together!! you should really read this book!! when i first looked at it i said we have to read ALL this!! but i'm glad i read it!! Homecoming i really worth you time reading cuz you always want to know what happens next to 4 childern walking miles and miles looking for there crazy mother but they get something better!! so i think you should read homecoming!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Homecoming
    I rated Homecoming a 4. I gave it a 4 cause some of the events i didn't seem it was important. I like it cause it was funny and has adventure. To me it was like a story were when you start to read it, it would make you want to continue to read it to the end. The book was about a girl and 3 other siblings of hers who was left behind by her mother and is trying to find their way to their Aunt Cilla's house, but it is hard to stay out of trouble. If you like adventurous, funny, exiting book then it would be a good book for you. Thats why I rated it a 4. ... Read more


    2. Heir Apparent
    by Vivian Vande Velde
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    Asin: 0152051252
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
    Publisher: Magic Carpet Books
    Sales Rank: 218701
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    In the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, there are way too many ways to get killed--and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and defeat the man-eating dragon, she'll never win.

    And she has to, because losing means she'll die--for real this time.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book!
    It was very entertaining... It's about a girl that plays a virtual-reality game(really good technology in that book) which literally puts her into the game, in it you can feel pain, smell, etc...when your killed, you just feel woozy and the game restarts over. The Game is called Heir Apparent... the point of the game is to be crowned the heir of the kingdom... but first survive your enemies and to choose your allies wisely. While she is playing the first level for the first time... some ppl(those that oppose games etc.. thinking it's bad for childern) barge into the arcade and mess around with the gaming systems, which includes messing up the Heir Apparent game. So the girl is stuck there playing for quite a long time... to get out of the game she must win it... before the game goes into overdrive, which could do a lot of damage to her mind. Vivian Vande Velde is a wonderful author! Check out Companions of the Night, Conjurer Princess, A Well Timed-Enchantment, Dragon's Bait...all by her! Another author to check out is Marianne Curley's Old Magic and The Named trilogy =P

    5-0 out of 5 stars Um...read this book?? (ha ha)
    OK, right off, I'm going to admit that I'm biased towards this book for two reasons: I've met the author, and it takes place in Rochester, NY which is coincidentally where I live. Also it has a cool cover.
    However even if you live in...I don't know, Utah...(no offense) you'll like reading this. Vivian Vande Velde has a knack for coming up with good characters and, of course, she has an awesome sense of humor. Even her chapter titles are funny...no small feat, I assure you.
    In Heir Apparent, Gianninne (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) is playing a total immersion virtual reality game when a group of angry people protesting fantasy break in to the building and damage the equipment. It so happens that if Gianninne doens't win the game, soon, she'll die. However, make no mistake: this isn't a drama...its a comedy. (or, though I hate to say it, a dramedy.)
    Inside the game, she is Janine, the lost heir of King Cynric. To win, she has to ally herself with one of her halfbrothers, make peace with barbarians, fight a dragon, get a magical ring, make decisions regarding laws, answer three riddles, regain her treasury, and deal with a large group of bored ghosts who have decided to hang around. And more.

    This is a great book that I would recommend buying. That way if you dont like it, you can cut out the page at the back of the book and start your own DOWN WITH FANTASY protest!!

    (Unfortunately if you get it from the library you cant cut out the back page.)
    -Katherine

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very good book
    this book is a nice mix of fantasy and science fiction. it brings you t oanother world so different from our own, but most exciting. it does not take much effort to get lost in this book, and once you do, it is even more difficult to get out.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining
    This book was really good. I believe a lover of fanstay would enjoy it thoughly. It has a new plot. However, the ending was a little...unfinished. It is more implied and readers desire facts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
    The Book was fantastic! Vivian Vande Velde does a awesome job of capturing the emotions of what has happened in Giannine's life such as a distant father, and from that she doesn't do certain things, but learn that she must do some things as Janine (the character she plays in the game Heir Apparent) that she wouldn't do as Giannine. Giannine must be crowned king in two days times, she comes up with challenges such as being captured by a bunch of barbarians, to ghosts poking at you and pulling your hair all the way to the fighting of a Dragon. She also must deal with the people she comes across, such as her half-brother Wulfar, Abas and Kenric. She also has to decide who she wants as her councilor, it all comes down to choices but with Giannine make the choices based on the virtual world or choices based on her life in reality? It all comes down to her to finish the game, or start over again... ... Read more


    3. Dicey's Song (Tillerman Series)
    by Cynthia Voigt
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    Asin: 0689851316
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Sales Rank: 21929
    Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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    Letting Go

    The four Tillerman children finally have a home at their grandmother's rundown farm on the Maryland shore. It's what Dicey has dreamed of for her three younger siblings, but after watching over the others for so long, it's hard to let go. Who is Dicey, if she's no longer the caretaker for her family?

    Dicey finds herself in new friends, in a growing relationship with her grandmother, and in the satisfaction of refinishing the old boat she found in the barn. Then, as Dicey experiences the trials and pleasures of making a new life, the past comes back with devastating force, and Dicey learns just how necessary -- and painful -- letting go can be. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Letting Go
    Dicey's Song is a depressing story about a thirteen year old girl who must learn how necessary it is to let go. Her mother is faced with a mental illness and Dicey is left as the caretaker of the rest of the Tillerman family. When her grandmother adopts the four Tillermans, Dicey discovers that she no longer has to take care of her three younger siblings. She makes new friends and relationships as she begins to relax and enjoy life as a thirteen year old girl. As she slowly adapts to her new way of life, Dicey and her grandmother rush to Boston. What's wrong? Is her mother's condition getting worse? Is she ready to come home? Dicey's worries come back and she must face the overwhelming pain of letting go.

    I recommend this book to anyone. Dicey's Song is an easy read and it teaches people to live their life to the fullest. The past should not interfere with the present or the future. People should learn from the past and use their knowledge to better their lives in the future.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Dicey's Song
    After struggling to survive the summer alone with her two brothers and sister, Dicey finally arrives at her grandmother's house. Dicey Tillerman a thirteen-year-old girl has had the responsibility of keeping her family together. Now her new challenge will be learn to let go and except that she is only a teenager herself
    After moving in with their grandmother, and starting to become a family, Dicey realizes that life as she knew was to change forever. She starts to live as any other teenager would. Enrolling herself in school and even getting a job at a local grocery store, she becomes more like a sister and less of mother to her siblings. Dicey also starts to rely and be more open with her grandmother, emotionally. Over time she creates a tight circle of friends in school and at home.
    The Tillermans themselves start to bond as a family. With all the kids in school, they become more and more as ordinary children. The oldest boy, James, not only becomes an excellent student but also a reliable paperboy. Maybeth finds passion in music, while Sammy makes friends with the local boys.
    [But with their lives settled in, what will a word about their long lost mother do]
    Reading this book helped me find the true meaning of a family. I enjoyed this book and i hope a lot of you will too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars deceptively simple masterpiece
    The thing I most love about Cynthia Voigt's writing in general, and the Tillerman series in particular, is her understanding of what makes people tick. This is especially evident in this novel, which deservedly won the Newbery Medal. Much of the interest of the story centres around Dicey's development, growth and change, and her attempts to understand people and the relationships between them.

    Cynthia Voigt is also unusual among YA writers in her consistent development of the adult characters as complex and real; evading the trap of making them simply foils for the teen protagonist or a catalyst in the story.

    A book that can stand on its own as well as part of a series, and one that will be treasured by those who love thoughtful stories about real people.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Fine...
    At first when I read this book, I was bored out of my wits. I had to read this book for a school project, which I really didn't want to do. I almost fell asleep during the first 50 pages of the book. But near the end, the plot got a lot better and I enjoyed it more. It was very interesting, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book in the Tillerman series. I had many questions, like- Why was the mother mentally ill? How did they get with Gram? etc. But his is a great book that pulls you into the story, especially at the very end. I know I put in 3 stars for this book, but I would rather have put in 3 and a half- I really enjoyed this.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Bookcrazy
    I Loved the book but I kept on getting very confuised at time and I have to go back and reread it. I think the writer could have told the story a bit more discriptive on some the parts.
    But other than that I Loved the story ... Read more


    4. Sometimes I'm Bombaloo
    by Rachel Vail, Yumi Heo
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    Asin: 0439087554
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Sales Rank: 18455
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Most of the time Katie Honors is a good kid. But sometimes, when herbaby brother has knocked over one too many of her beautiful castles, Katiebecomes Bombaloo. She uses her fists and feet instead of her words. Her toys"end up all over the floor--and so does my brother." It takes some alone time, alot of parental understanding, and a silly episode with flying underwear to calmBombaloo down again and return her to her happy Katie Honors state.

    There aren't too many kids who won't be able to relate to award-winningauthor Rachel Vail's miniature version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Katie's rageis scary and reflected alarmingly well by illustrator Yumi Heo's collage,pencil, and paint illustrations, reminiscent of the art of Lane Smith, GisellePotter, and Maira Kalman. The message is clear: sometimes we get angry--really,really angry--but it's important to calm down eventually and make it up to thosewe may have hurt. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Because We All Get BOMBALOO
    I think this is a psychologically adept book that strikes a good balance between message and entertainment. The young narrator talks about how she's generally a good person: "...I'm a really good kid. I smile a lot because usually I'm happy, and I give excellent hugs." She behaves even when her brother knocks over her blocks.

    "But," she explains, "sometimes I'm Bombaloo." She shows her teeth, makes fierce noises and scrunches up her face." I use my feet and my fists instead of my words." She knows that later, after a time-out ("I have to go take some time for myself and think about it"), she'll calm down and apologize to her brother. But the book doesn't minimize the strength of the feelings: "But while I'm Bombaloo, I'm not sorry; I'm angry. I hate everybody and everything..."

    The author shows a calm, factual empathy in her narrator's voice "And I'm sorry and a little frightened. It's scary, being Bombaloo. My mother knows that. She hugs me and helps me clean up...," and, after making up with her brother, "we build a new castle together." The book neither excuses nor judges Bombaloo-style anger. Instead, it shows the feelings that occur before, during, and after it, and offers parents and kids the hope of resolution. 29 pages, with excellent, evocative illustrations by Yumi Heo.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
    My 2-1/2 year old daughter loves this book. It gave us a way to talk about out-of-control emotions. Now when she gets mad, I can ask her, "Are you bombaloo?" The question focuses her attention -- and she either acknowledges that she's mad or she shifts her mood, and says "I'm not bombaloo!" and laughs. The book has wonderful illlustrations. The writer communicates in a direct way that young children can understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Because We All Get BOMBALOO
    I think this is a psychologically adept book that strikes a good balance between message and entertainment. The young narrator talks about how she's generally a good person: "...I'm a really good kid. I smile a lot because usually I'm happy, and I give excellent hugs." She behaves even when her brother knocks over her blocks.

    "But," she explains, "sometimes I'm Bombaloo." She shows her teeth, makes fierce noises and scrunches up her face." I use my feet and my fists instead of my words." She knows that later, after a time-out ("I have to go take some time for myself and think about it"), she'll calm down and apologize to her brother. But the book doesn't minimize the strength of the feelings: "But while I'm Bombaloo, I'm not sorry; I'm angry. I hate everybody and everything..."

    The author shows a calm, factual empathy in her narrator's voice "And I'm sorry and a little frightened. It's scary, being Bombaloo. My mother knows that. She hugs me and helps me clean up...," and, after making up with her brother, "we build a new castle together." The book neither excuses nor judges Bombaloo-style anger. Instead, it shows the feelings that occur before, during, and after it, and offers parents and kids the hope of resolution. 29 pages, with excellent, evocative illustrations by Yumi Heo.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Instant Calm
    Reading this book to my 4-year old daughter instantly resonated with both of us. We pick it up now whenever we need to reflect on a hard day. I highly recommend this title.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Does your preschooler get *A*N*G*R*Y*?
    We found this book at the library not knowing what it was about, but I was drawn to the pictures and short text and of course the silly word "Bombaloo". Reading it the first time was like a breakthrough in helping me discuss the feelings of being mad and out of control with my 3 yr old twin boys. They often fight with each other and "lose it" over the silliest of things.

    The story is about a little girl who is usually happy and tolerates her little brother's interference with her play. However, sometimes she gets REALLY mad at him and turns into "Bombaloo". Bombaloo does mean things and yells and expresses her anger by trashing her room (where she has been previously sent). Eventually, the tantrum settles down and "Katie" is allowed to come out, after which her mother acknowledges her feelings of anger. And to finish with a happy ending, she works together with her toddler-age brother to build a castle together. (HA!)

    Short of a video camera, this book is great for "showing" the play by play events of a tantrum to children. It is perfect for the sibling relationship. And I love the fact that while the mother does understand that Katie is angry, she still gives a "time out" (although the book realistically depicts what usually happens during the cool down time). My guys are a little scared of the "monster" faces that introduce Bombaloo, but they love to go back to different pages and review and verbally reenact the pictures. I highly recommend it for tantrum prone siblings especially, but also for any child who likes to talk about pictures in books as a means of understanding a situation. ... Read more


    5. Never Mind! : A Twin Novel
    by Rachel Vail, Avi
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    Asin: 0060543159
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 65644
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Edward and Meg are like night and day, oil and water. Meg zigs while Edward zags. How could two such different people be twins? Well, they are, but they don't have to like it -- or each other.

    Seventh grade means different schools for the pair: Brainy Meg's at ultracompetitive Fischer, while Charlton Street Alternative School is the place for freewheeling Edward. Oddly enough, it's just when Edward and Meg are finally out of each other's shadows that the trouble begins.

    Within just a week, Meg's aspirations for popularity, imaginary boyfriend, and angst over a terrible yellow ensemble her mother has chosen combine with Edward's devious planning, lack of singing ability, and top-secret soft spot to set off a showdown the likes of which twindom has never before seen.

    How is it, then, that this final showdown is so much fun? Could it be that Meg and Edward are more alike than they thought?

    Never mind. Read the book!

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Novel for Middle Readers
    Twelve-year-old, seventh-grade twins, Meg and Edward, may share the same birthday, but that's where their similarities end. While Meg is tall, Edward is short; where Meg's brainy, Edward is a slacker; Meg is day, Edward is night. Which is why, for seventh grade, Meg and Edward have been split up. Meg is attending the ultracompetitive Fischer, where everything revolves around grades, popularity, and money. Edward, on the other hand, is attending the Charlton Street Alternative School, where no homework is ever given, and students can pretty much do anything that they want. However, within just a week of being shipped off to their designated school's, Meg's aspirations for popularity, anger over a tacky yellow outfit her Mother bought for her, and craziness over an imaginary boyfriend, combine with Edward's top-secret soft spot, and lack of singing ability, to create the biggest showdown in the history of twins.

    Being a fan of Avi's work, I was excited to see that he was the voice of Edward in this joint effort for greatness, which created NEVER MIND! However, I was thoroughly impressed with Rachel Vail (an author whose work I've never had the pleasure of reading) as the voice of Meg. Meg was an enjoyable character, who possessed all of the character traits of a perfectionist. Edward, on the other hand, while also an enjoyable character, possessed all of the traits of a fairly typical slacker. Together they created one of the most enjoyable duos in a novel that I've ever read before in my life. All in all, NEVER MIND! is a fantastic novel for either male or female middle readers looking to read an amusing novel.

    Erika Sorocco ... Read more


    6. Companions of the Night
    by Vivian Vande Velde
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    Asin: 0152166696
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
    Publisher: Magic Carpet Books
    Sales Rank: 30351
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL book!!!!!!
    I've been obsessed with vampires ever since I can remember, but this book is truly the BEST vampire book! Vivian Vande Velde is my favorite author, and I have read almost all of her young adult books! This book is about a girl who goes back to the laundry place to retrieve her little brother's stuffed animal. It's really late at night,and people bring in a teenage guy. They believe he is a vampire, but to the girl, he looks innocent. She helps him escape, but when he drives her home, her dad and brother are gone. He says if she helps him, he'll help her find her dad and brother...This is the beginning of a dangerous and exciting adventure...it will be impossiblle for you to put this book down! If you liked this book you will like The Silver Kiss, and if you've read The Silver Kiss, you will absolutely LOVE this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Betrayal, lies and angst, oh my!
    Of the books I recently acquired, CotN was the one I couldn't wait to read. My expectations were met and exceeded.

    Kerry, the heroine, is believable, with intelligence, foibles, and hazel eyes. Ethan, our perhaps-vampire, is an engaging character, with a vulnerability and good looks, and something to hide.

    As Kerry falls deeper into Ethan's world, she learns that she may very well be in over her head. Due to circumstances (keeping herself and others alive, for one), parting ways with him may not be the best idea. Who's the real evil and who's a girl to trust? Putting her life in Ethan's hands may be dangerous, but it seems her only hope. Trust, betrayal, and lies come into the mix in refreshing way, so much so that you may be surprised what is real and what is not.

    At times Ethan's motives and his vampiric "birth" are somewhat unclear, and a few small portions of the book are left a bit loosely threaded, which leads you to create your own conclusions (not entirely a bad thing). In rare spots the dialogue is a bit stiff, but the narrative is always lush and interesting. The end was somewhat unexpected, although fitting, and this book SCREAMS for a sequel.

    Over all, there are not many stories of this genre that feature characters as engaging, young, or well-written; you aren't likely to find many books this good. I'd HIGHLY recommend this to anyone with a taste (haha) for vampiric fiction unlike the norm.

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK but not as Great as I Thought
    Hi, I am 15 years old, I asked my mom to get me this book because so many reviews seemed to praise the book. Now that I have read the book I wonder why people praise it so much. At times it was boring, and seemed to take the long road, just to
    make a point. Everything was predictable. The ending in my opinion was left undone. I'd like to say more, but everytime I
    do Amazon doesn't print my reviews saying I gave too much insight?
    ???? Buy the book used.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I don't know what to say...
    I think this will be the first bad review I have to give. I don't like giving bad reviews, but I just couldn't go on with my day without putting in my word.
    While browsing through Amazon.com to see what book I should buy, I came across Companions of the Night and saw that EVERYONE seemed to love it. So, I gave it a shot and bought it.
    Now I don't have that much money to spend, saving it for grad school (hopefully a really good one). After finishing this book, I couldn't help feeling like I had wasted money. I've never felt that way about a book before--ever.
    I would like to say that this book is a more innocent version of a Christopher Pike story, except that Christopher Pike makes his books and characters even more interesting. Another reason why I'm not praising this book is because I'm so used to Patricia A. Mckillip's beautiful, colorful writing, making her stories unique and innocent and mature at the same time. Vivian Vande Velde's writing is sparse and simple.
    I know I'm 23 and that I should take into account that this is a young adult book, but some young adult books have greater depth than adult books. For me, this doesn't happen to be one of them.
    HOWEVER, if you do fantasize about having adventures with young, good looking vampires, I think you would like this very much (I'm NOT trying to offend anyone, I'm just saying that people have different tastes). I'll stick to my Mckillip fantasies full of mages, mystery, and dreamlike poetry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ethan-is he hot or what?!
    This book is a great horror, if you like hot vampires (like Ethan) then i urge you to read this amazing horror, both main characters have strong personalities, and there is great mystery. READ THIS BOOK! ... Read more


    7. If We Kiss
    by Rachel Vail
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    Asin: 006056914X
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 43667
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    As discreetly as possible I pressed my right fist against my mouth and stuck my gum to the back of it, just in case this was going to turn into a kissing-type thing. Even in my inexperience, I knew you are not supposed to have gum in your mouth while you kiss. Kevin led me quickly around the side of the building, then stopped. I managed not to crash into him. I tried to look calm, cool, unperturbed. I told myself not to laugh, especially not a snorting kind of laugh. "Wha ... what did ... " And then he kissed me.

    If We Kiss is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can't help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss?

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Funny and cute
    The plot isn't highly original. Boy kisses girl. Girl gets crush on boy. Girl wonders about boy's feelings. Ah, the stuff of girly teenage fiction.

    Even so, I liked this book for many reasons. First off, the narrator Charlie is pretty darn funny. Her observations about romance, friendship and kissing are naive, but wise. I think most girls will be able to relate to her obsession, confusion and mortification over one kiss with a boy who is supposedly "off-limits".

    But while kissing may be the novel's major plot point, it isn't it's most interesting. Charlie's mother, who begins dating Kevin's father, sparks interesting conflict. I liked how Vail handled the subject of parents remarrying. I also liked Charlie's mother's ideas on love and passion; they add depth and realism to what might otherwise be a somewhat superficial story.

    Bottom line: A funny book that girls will enjoy and relate to. Perfect non-required reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this Book!
    I absolutely loved If We Kiss.I was laughing out loud by page 3. Charlotte aka Charlie finally gets her first kiss from Kevin and gets caught by Mr. "Hair-Man".Embarrassed, Charlie decides not to tell anyone about this, not even her best friend Tess.However, things get sticky when Tess and Kevin become a couple.And even worse when her mom and Kevin's dad start dating. Now Charlie is lying to everyone, especially herself. She's afraid to reveal her true feelings for Kevin.But what happens when he seems to feel the same way about her?

    I couldn't put the book down. Vail is a fantastic author who definitely knows how to capture teen angst.This was fun fast read that teens will love and some adults will too.If you like books like `The Princess Diaries' or `Who's Your Daddy', you'll love this book.I will definitely be reading more of Rachel Vail's books in the future.
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    8. A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Series)
    by Cynthia Voigt
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    Asin: 0689863608
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Aladdin
    Sales Rank: 52730
    Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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    Jeff Greene was only seven when Melody, his mother, left him with his reserved, undemonstrative father, the Professor. So when she reenters his life years later with an invitation to spend the summer with her in Charleston, Jeff is captivated by her free spirit and warmth, and he eagerly looks forward to returning for another visit the following year.

    But Jeff's second summer in Charleston ends with a devastating betrayal, and he returns to his father wounded almost beyond bearing. But out of Jeff's pain grows a deepening awareness of the unexpected and complicated ways of love and loss and of family and friendship -- and the strength to understand his father, his mother, and especially himself.


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    4-0 out of 5 stars A truly moving story
    ¡§A Solitary Blue¡¨ is a beautifully written touching and thought-provoking book. A truly moving story about emotions, and life¡¦s struggles condensed in to a simple plot.

    The novel is about a character everyone seems to already have met with, an acquaintance that every one can relate to; Jeff Greene, the smart boy who¡¦s intelligence exceeds that of his peers. But Jeff is struggling with a problem; he doesn¡¦t seem to be working to his potential. The novel is about Jeff¡¦s solitude.

    Cynthia Voigt has written one of those novels that seem to have magic on their own. Once you start reading it just get more and more interesting. The writing is superb and truly deserves the Newberry Honor Award and the many others awards it has come by.

    At seven years old Jeff¡¦s mother, Melody leaves home. Leaving Jeff to live a life with his father, the Professor. Jeff has a very deep-seated love for his mother and a longing to be with her, until one summer when he is invited to visit his mother and grandmother. It was that same summer that he discovered the real hidden truth; why Melody left him and his father and something even worst. Through this process Jeff also discovers many new truths that he did not know about, such as why his father always seemed so remote, shy and isolated even to his own son.

    Story then reveals how Jeff deals with his emotions, his life and how the situation evolved from his struggles and troubles he has with his family, social relationships, and friendships and how he eventually resolves his problems.

    Cynthia Voigt has written in such a way that the simple plot seems so realistic, full of life that it will bring tears to many readers.

    Through Jeff¡¦s discovery journey, in search of truth, Jeff finds his new hidden self, his new life and new hope.

    But Cynthia seems to indirectly investigate further into the situation. She ultimately offers the reader to examine the relationships that are so common in our lives that are often, neglected. She points out how things often, come about and reminds us how often, we don¡¦t make the best decisions and actions in our life. She questions your opinions of people, their relationships, action, and emotions. What they do, how they do it and the morality of their actions and the many perspectives that often we do not consider looking into.

    In some ways this book is an analysis of life. Life¡¦s surprises, the spontaneous truths that we all have perhaps yet to discover.

    ¡§A Solitary Blue¡¨ is a very emotional and poignant book. However, personally I would highly recommend this book to be read only once. Reading the book a second time would make the story dull. Much of the magic of this book comes from its surprises, the twists and turns in the book. The text is not difficult, as far as vocabulary goes and the plot is rather simple

    5-0 out of 5 stars a great book to read
    From the first sentence, I had a hard time putting this book. The excellently written plot kept me going. In this novel, Voight tells us an amazing story about a boy named Jeff Greene who struggles with his life with his mother. Jeff at first was blinded by his mother's sweet smile but later comes to see that she was lying to him all along. When Jeff's grandmother dies he inherits his grandmother's diamond ring and his mother becomes jealous. When his emotions kick in and he comes to reality that his mother doesn't love him and pours all of his emotions to her about when she left when he was small and still in first grade. This is a great book to read. I recommend it to teenagers my age and up.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This Book is a worthless piece of crap
    This book made me want to slit my throught, hang myself, or at least gouge out my eyes so i could never read it again. There is not plot and besides a stupid mother and over description about people feelings its good. o wait no its terrible. the author describes people feelings a lot, but make you care nothing about the charector. i would rather be force fed poson than read this book. if you buy this is is a waste of time and money and you should be put in an asylum.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I despise this book
    Some of my hatred towards this book may be because I was forced to read it for school, hence the two stars as opposed to one. Maybe I just dont go for the touchy-feely type of book but I dug deep and couldn't find much that I enjoyed in this book. One bright spot was the character of the professor who I found to be somewhat interesting he was an enigmatic fellow bound to his studies. He eventually opens up in the end and becomes closer with Jeff which was quite predictable. In my opinion which doesnt mean much at all I found this book to be plotless and forever dragging on into an oblivion of boredom. The characters were diverse but uninteresting. The main flaw I found in this book was it had a terrible plot a young boy struggling to find himself, he has a mother who is a freeloading and loathsome character and the boy is attracted to a poor and ugly girl. I'm afraid as a fellow teenager I couldnt relate to any of this kids problems. I'll be fair and admit the book had some bright spots namely the professor and Brother Thomas, but overall nothing about this book interested me excpet for Jeff's interest in the guitar. (...), I would avoid this book like the plague and would rather be burned in acid then have to read it again.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I love the book.
    Getting into this book was difficult for me,but once I was through the first chapter, I was hooked, and as the novel went on, Voigt drew her line in even more... I was completely caught up in the book, to the point that I threw it across the room when I finished it (upset that there was no more!). There is so much to this book, its about abandonment, belonging, independence, family, friends, the search for identity, growing up, love, overcoming and so much more. Voigt's beautiful yet simplistic style lends itself to being read over and over again. One of my favorite quotes from the book: "It strikes me that love is just the beginning. If you think about it, Jeff. I think we can't help loving, but what matters is what we do about it. What we do with love. Do for it. What love does with us." Enjoy the book. ... Read more


    9. The Runner (Point)
    by Cynthia Voigt
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    Asin: 0590483803
    Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Sales Rank: 63315
    Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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    It was the 1960s, the time of the Vietnam War."Bullet" Tillerman, the school track star, had to decide if he would go to fight or stay on the family farm.Bullet's father, who had already driven Bullet's older brother and sister out of the house, made impossible demands on him.And his mother seemed to have lost the will to resist the old man.Meanwhile, at school, a black student joined the track team, forcing Bullet to question his own prejudices.But nothing would keep him from running.Nothing.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the finest books ever written
    Cynthia Voigt is one of the best writers we have today; the only reason she hasn't won Pulitzers and National Book Awards is that she writes for young adults, and most critics can't imagine any writer for that audience producing anything of literary merit. "The Runner" is the book I'd show anybody who ever put down young adult novels. By Cynthia Voigt's own estimation, "The Runner" is her best novel. She's right. I first read the novel five years ago; since then, I've taught it almost thirty times in that period of time, and it just keeps getting better. Every semester, some student points out some corner of the novel I'd missed. "The Runner" tackles serious subjects in a serious way: racism, war, growing up, friendship, principles, parental conflicts. Each and every one of these issues is dealt with thoroughly and seamlessly in the life of Bullet Tillerman, Dicey's uncle. My students love the rebellious Bullet; they are aghast when they realize he's a racist. They read with absolute fascination to find out what happens next. The novel's cast of characters are unique and original: Bullet's father and mother, his best friend Patrice, and his teammate Tamer are unforgettable. This is a novel that I think will come to be remembered as the best novel ever written for young adults, but even more, one of the finest novels of the last 50 years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Boy, oh boy
    The first thing that came to mind when I read this book was that Voigt certainly has an unusual style. Voigt does have a knack of creating strong, addictive plots, and of course providing the unique, unforgettable characters to see the plot through. But till now, Voigt's most complex and unique character lies in "The Runner" -- Samuel / Bullet Tillerman. Reading about him sends you into a whirl. Bullet is a strong-willed, stubborn and hot-headed youth. He lives by his own rules , and that includes his domineering father, his prejudices towards the 'coloured' community,his love for cross-country running, and even his opinions towards the draft (This story was set at the time of the Vietnam Civil War). Having a mind of his own, Bullet finds himself really different, in his opinions and his thinking , and in the way he behaves. It's really simple, Bullet lives his life the way he wants to , and nobody can stop him. Nobody can make that change. Voigt's bold descriptions flesh out the characters in this book perfectly, especially Bullet. Voigt also tells this tale in a wildly original way. She sets her opinions down in this book, and argues about them at the same time. She pretty much covers up all the aspects of the issues she tackles in this book, which include family ties, teenage rebellion, racism, politics and war. In a way, she's arguing with the readers, challenging them to think, to look at matters in a different light. Voigt really understands young adults, I'll give her that much. This book has a tangy and refreshing aftertaste, and it is a must-read for all young adults and all parents who really want to understand their kids. "The Runner" is wonderfully entertaining, making education through this book outrageously fun. Trust me, Voigt only produces books of the finest quality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
    I have read many many books by Ms. Voigt. She is a very complex writer. It's obvious that she's experienced some of the things she writes about herself. She doesn't write with the viewpoint of many authors, treating kids like they have more to learn. Her main characters are almost always kids, and she simply tells things through the character's eyes, not her own eyes. I love this book, and all the others. However, I suggest reading Homecoming, Dicey's Song, and A Solitary Blue before taking on this one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Slow but meaningful
    At first I had a bit of trouble getting into the book. I had read Dicey's song and loved it so I wanted to read the rest of the Tillerman series. At one point I thought of giving up since it seemed like Bullet veiws of life were too angery and I couldn't relate, at other times I also questioned my interest in the story being told. I however kept going and I really liked the second half. It was nice how Bullet had to go through and rediscover himself! He had to ask himself is this really what I believe? In this way I believe Bullet matured and came to a better understanding about life and his values. I also enjoyed him going past the prejustice to find the person(Tamer). Read the book if you want to know what I am talking about!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One Of the Best From Voigt
    If you have read the begining of the Tillerman series you know the true end to this book, it also clarrifys many things about the first books in the series.

    Of All of the Tillerman books this was by far my favorite. Through Bullet's quiet and reserved nature you learn new things about yourself and about how you trully view others. The story starts slow but as I neared the end of this book I could not put it down. Bullet, Abaigail and Tamer become so real to you as you read. I recommend this to anyone looking for a quick good read and for anyone who questions, as a teenager, how they view other races/classes.

    An amazing novel for teens and adults alike... ... Read more


    10. Izzy, Willy-Nilly
    by Cynthia Voigt
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    Asin: 0689804466
    Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Sales Rank: 159325
    Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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    Read by Mandy Siegfried
    Approx. 5 hours, 4 cassettes

    Izzy's never been one to complain. Izzy's the nice girl, from a family that believes good manners and a stiff upper lip are key to facing any situation.Even after a car accident leaves her disabled, she's determined not to show how much she's hurting.It takes Rosamunde, a girl who seems to care nothing about good manners, to forcibly disrupt Izzy's life and help her face her changed existence.





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    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story of a coping amputee
    I read this book as a summer reading assignment, and I was totally amazed at how good it was. It is about this high school girl named Izzy who is involved in a drunk driving crash caused by a senior named Marco. Izzy's lower right leg is brutally injured and she is forced to have it amputated. She feels really depressed, and her friends don't seem to want to visit her. Then this girl named Rosamunde who isn't as popular as Izzy comes by to visit often and they become friends. Rosamunde, who is a very straight-forward person with a unique sense of humor, helps Izzy get back on her feet and cope with her disability. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if you don't like to read. I enjoyed it very much.

    4-0 out of 5 stars ** For ALL high school students!**
    Izzy, Willy-Nilly is a good, thought-provoking book directed to high school students. It deals with issues that teenagers face everyday, including drunk-driving, friendship, and indifference. Izzy, Willy-Nilly is about a sophomore in high school, Izzy, who accepts a date with a senior, Marco. They go to a party and Marco drinks too much. On the drive home, they crash into a tree. Although Marco recieves minor injuries, Izzy loses a leg, and her life is changed forever. At 15, Izzy was the pretty, popular cheerleader from a rich family, but the accident changes everything. Her friends and family start treating her differently, and everywhere she goes people stare at her. She is no longer the once popular cheerleader, but the object of everyone's pity. Through hard work and perseverence, Izzy learns to cope and adjust to her disability. This book is definitely for every high school student to read. I could relate to many of the issues discussed in this book. This book totally made me think about how lucky I am to be healthy and fit.

    1-0 out of 5 stars If u read this book, you'll be as depressed as the Izzy
    do not read this book. i urge you not to. even if someone is holding a gun to your head, and the only way they wont fire is if you read this book, and your life depends on it, dont.It's awful. It's painful to read. I truely can't say enough bad things about this book. Girl looses leg. Girl is sad. There. Now you can say that you read the book, cause you know the entire story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars bookreport
    I think this was a good book. I think this because it shows the concequences of drinking and driving. Also not to rush to get older because the older you get the more responsibility you have. Having responsibility isnt always fun. People expect a lot more of you and it is a little stress full. In this book Izzy gets into a car accident after a party. She begs her mom to go out to this party with an older guy Marcus. She thinks this would be cool, you know her going out with an older guy. She thought that it would make her friends jealous that she was the one that got to go with an older guy. Izzy was the quite one of them. When she goes to this party she finds out that it isnt really that cool. The next time she wakes up she is in the hospital. She doesnt remember why though. She find out later in the book that she is disabled and tries not to show how much it really does hurt. Every day is harder for her though, because she realizes that nothing will ever be the same. Izzy doesn't want to realize that she is not going to be able to do the things that she used to do anymore. This really bothers her but she doesn't show it because she comes from a family who thinks that you need to be strong all the time. When she hurts the most she wont let it show.
    I really liked this book. I liked it because it showed the meaning of friendship. For example, her friends now how much pain she is in and call her in the hospital and go visit her. Even though seeing her like this scares them they are still there for her through it all.As you can see this was a really good book and I would recommend anyone to read it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent, excellent
    As a high school and middle school English teacher, I have read lots and lots of books for young people. I seem to have read a lot of novels lately about teens who become injured or disabled or ill in some way -- it is a difficult genre to write well without being overly sentimental or unrealistic. Izzy, Willy-Nilly is the best book of this type I have read. I didn't want to put it down, and after reading it, I wanted to read everything Voigt had ever written. ... Read more


    11. COME A STRANGER
    by Cynthia Voigt
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    Asin: 068980444X
    Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Sales Rank: 86042
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Voigt is probably one of the finest young adult writers...
    Wilhemina Smiths (Mina), wants to dance. She's got liveliness, intelligence, zest for life, and determination; but she is also black. Voigt produces her usual not-out of the ordinary kaleidoscope of REAL people...and this is precisely what makes this book out of the ordinary. She presents Mina's emotions beautifully and level-headedly: her love of ballet, her keenness, her crush on/fascination with Tamer Shipp, her relationship with Dicey. The concluding sentences of the book are wonderfully ambiguous (at least a little). There's disappointment, triumph... It's just great.

    Characters and scenes from the other books in the Tillerman Cycle overlap and are introduced through her own perspective. I'd recommend this book far more than "The Glory Field", and feel that it lived up to its potential and even surpassed my expectations.

    Read it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Voight, no Stranger to good writing
    What an amazing novel! Cynthia Voight proved her talent as an author with HOMECOMING, DICEY'S SONG, and ON FORTUNE'S WHEEL, but she proves herself to have amazing talent at understanding people. This book is told from the point of a black woman born and raised in Maryland. Though Voight is a white woman, her power of empathy, creates a realistic telling of the story in a way that crosses all race barriers. Voight reaches into her character Mina and retreives what counts; not color, not hardships, but soul. In expounding on the soul of her character, she deftly weaves through the events and people that have shaped Mina's life. She creates a wonderful compliment to the novel DICEY'S SONG and a excellent addition to the Tillerman saga. This novel reminds me vauguely of a phone conversation between Dicey and Mina in which we finally here Mina's end of the story. Details that Dicey overlooks, Mina fills in and vice versa. I would recommend this if you've enjoyed other novels in the Tllerman saga, and also as a jumping off point into the series. Please read it... I know you'll enjoy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
    This book was really great!*!*! I was hooked from the beginning to the end. I was quezey all through the book. Would they survive with less than 20 bucks? Will they ever find their mother? read the book to find out and you won't be sorry.!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars what a great book
    im not to into reading but this book i just couldnt put down it was so amazing so touching i loved it anyone could get into this book with no problem i todally recomand you buy this book i know you will love it

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Race Dependent World
    In the story "Come A Stranger" a young black girl named Mina, experiences bigotry that she is not used to. Mina is a wonderful dancer at the age of eleven, and is a very sweet kind girl, who loves herself for who she is. Then she gets accepted in a dance camp that is supposed to help her learn how to dance better, but teaches her something else. Mina loved being black and then she went to dance camp and learned how to hate being black. Mina is the only black girl at camp, but she doesn't really notice that and no one really shows their true colors toward her. Mina makes friends at camp and is sad when she has to leave when summer ends. Mina returns home and has turned into a snob, she has grown to hate being black in every way and feels that she is better than everyone else is. The next summer when she returns to dance camp, people start to act differently toward her, like they are better. Mina becomes miserable and wants to go home. Her dancing has changed a great deal because she hit puberty and is going though many changes. Dancing has become hard for Mina when it was once so easy. She is eventually kicked out of camp because no one wants a black girl there who can't dance. Mina for the first time in her life experiences racism. When she has to go home she feels angry, sad and happy all at the same time. She meets the summer reverend at her church named Tamer Shipp who comforts her, while she falls in love with him. Mina becomes a better person because of the dance camp rejection eventually meeting someone named Dicey and makes a great friend. The ending has a sort of funny twist to it. I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone would. I give this book 5 star. ... Read more


    12. Seventeen Against the Dealer
    by Cynthia Voigt
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    Asin: 0689851332
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
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    Sales Rank: 93709
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    SOMETIMES YOU CAN LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT

    Dicey Tillerman has big dreams. She's started a boatbuilding business, and she's determined to prove she can succeed on her own. That's why at first she resists the offer of help from Cisco, the mysterious stranger who turns up one day at her shop.

    But running a business doesn't leave much time for the people Dicey treasure -- her grandmother, her younger siblings, and her boyfriend, Jeff. And then the trust Dicey puts in Cisco turns out to be misplaces. Suddenly it seems as if Dicey could lose everything -- has she discovers too late what really matters to her? ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
    Cynthia Voigt created a bestselling series with the Tillerman family that began with "Homecoming" and ended with this book "Seventeen against The Dealer." Voigt's talented use of action and realistic dialogue to move the story along keeps readers turning the pages and longing for more. I became a Dicey fan early on for her courage and her spunk. Dicey, the whole Tillerman clan make excellent role models for today's young.
    I recommend this book to all the young and young at heart.

    Beverly J Scott Author of Righteous Revenge

    4-0 out of 5 stars This book is the continues the Tillerman Family novel
    "Seventeen Agasinst the Dealer" is the last book in the Tillerman Family novels. Dicey is faced with many problems and harships, but when they occur, Dicey's family and friends are always there to guide her. Cynthia Voigt has written this novel very descriptively, so that readers can understand the character's life more easily. At first, in "Homecoming", the reader didn't know that much information about the characters. In this book, he/she can now know more about the them. Because of that, the reader can put him/herself into the character's place and understand what they are feeling. Cynthia Voigt inspired me to go out into the world and make my own choices. She also has given me the idea to be all that I can be and do my best.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Ahh...okay.
    By now, the wonderfully three-dimensional characters such as Dicey and Jeff are beginning to wilt. I recommend this book to fans of Dicey because it is good to find out what happens, but this isn't a book worth reading more than two or three times. (the earlier ones in the series NEVER get old) It's too depressing, and the happy ending doesn't really make up for the depressing parts.

    I've always been disappointed that Jeff Greene, who is possibly my favorite character in all of literary fiction, is never fleshed out beyond A Solitary Blue. The later Dicey books make him out to be some sort of young god. Kind of disappointing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
    Seventeen Against the Dealer was much better than I expected. I read this book to do a report on, and it is very easy to understand, very easy reading. I was able to relate to each of the characters, especially Dicey and Maybeth. This book had something for almost everyone. A little suspence, a little adventure, and a little romance. If you are like me, I can picture a grandmother refusing to be taken to a doctor, eventhough she is near death. If you have read any of Voigt's books, read this one. It does get better after the 2nd chapter!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The final Tillerman saga
    Cynthia Voight never ceases to amaze, in this closing book to the ongoing Tillerman saga. Dicey gets a hold of her life in this installment, but shows how growing older makes life less easy to control. I recommend this to anyone who has read the other Tillerman books and wants to finish it. I only wish it were longer, and gave the ending more room. Truly amazing in all aspects. It is just a good book. ... Read more


    13. Jackaroo : A Novel of the Kingdom
    by Cynthia Voigt
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    Asin: 0689864353
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
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    Sales Rank: 81771
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    "False, they were all of them false, the stories; as false as the stories of fairies dancing in moonlight glades on Midsummer Night."

    But they served a purpose. In a distant time and far-off kingdom, life is hard. People don't have enough to eat, and winter is upon them. There's little that offers hope, and many turn to the legends of Jackaroo -- the masked outlaw hero who rides at night giving aid to the helpless and coin to the destitute -- for solace. But Gwyn, the Innkeeper's daughter -- sensitive, industrious, and independent -- is too practical to believe such tales.

    But when a snowstorm forces her and a young Lordling to seek refuge in an abandoned house, Gwyn wonders if perhaps she has been too cynical. Hidden away in an old forgotten cupboard, Gwyn discovers a package -- a cloak, a mask, a sword....Jackaroo? Could the stories be true?

    It takes a shock and a devastating betrayal for Gwyn to begin to understand what -- and who -- Jackaroo really is. And she comes to know what part she will play in discovering the truth, such as it may be, behind the legends. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Masks, stories, and freedom: a compelling blend
    In every time, in every place where the people are oppressed by a ruling class, there is a hero of the poor, an outlaw who rides outside the law and is yet its greatest champion. In old England it was Robin Hood. In Spaniard-ruled California it was Zorro. And here, in this unnamed kingdom ruled by a distant King and greedy Lords, it is Jackaroo. Jackaroo is the masked outlaw who rights wrongs, who saves true love, who comes to help the people in their worst times of need. Jackaroo is the name in every story, the hero of every tale. And Jackaroo, as Gwyn, the skeptical Innkeeper's Daughter, finds out, is not what he seems to be.

    Nor is anybody, as Gwyn discovers. Not the imperious Lord who winters at the Inn, not the silent servant Burl, not Gwyn's missing uncle Win...and not Gwyn herself. Beneath Jackaroo's mask, she is able to do the things that a law-abiding Kingdom girl would never be allowed--but which Gwyn has always dreamt of: being the savior of her people, actively fighting the Lords' injustice as opposed to passively accepting it, finally free of stifling tradition for the first time in sixteen years. But there is a price paid for the wearing of the mask: the heavy responsibility that comes with being a hero, and the sacrifice of herself that Gwyn must make to become Jackaroo.

    Jackaroo and the Kingdom are new but familiar, the feudal society vividly depicted and the characters sharply drawn and believable. Gwyn is strong-willed and far too intelligent for her position, Burl is steadfast and fully as intelligent beneath his slow smile, and Jackaroo--no matter which face he appears in--is the hero of every folktale. Voight's writing is compelling, making "Jackaroo" a page-turner to be read...and re-read...and read yet again.

    It's that good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A legend comes to life!
    Although I do not consider Jackaroo Voigt's best work, it is a masterpiece nonetheless. She gives us a charcter to love in the daring Jackaroo, a fearless personage whose role is similar to the Scarlet Pimpernel, or Robin Hood.

    Gywn is the hardworking daughter of the inkeeper of the Ram's Head, an inn which prospers in a time of hardship. The inn is patronized by a lord and his young son, who claim to be making a map of the northeastern kingdom. Gywn and the inn's servant, Burl, accompany the lords on their rounds of the kingdom and are caught in a sudden blizzard. Gywn and the young lord, whose name she learns is Gaderian, are stranded in an isolated cabin as the storm runs its course. Gywn and Gaderian become friends, and together speculate on the differences between the lords and the people to pass the time, Gwyn learning new things about herself in the process. While residing in the cabin, Gywn makes a startling discovery, which soon transforms her personality completely.

    The story is an exciting one of adventure and suspence. The fast-paced ending peppered with romance makes up for a somewhat slow beginning. Voigt's kingdom sequels, On Fortune's Wheel, The Wings of a Falcon, and Elske share subtle connections that add greatly to each novel. Overall, Voigt creates engrossing fantasy world targeted toward youth but appropriate for readers of any age.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting start for a great saga
    I've now read all the books in the Kingdom saga, and I must say I enjoyed it very much. The great thing is, all the books are connected, and you can see character traits from previous books in the new characters! Jackaroo is an interestingly deep look at the life of the Innkeeper's daughter, and how her voyage to help people becomes very dangerous. She is a strong and good character, and the supporting characters have depth. I especially liked her relationship with her brother, who seems bratty at first but becomes better, and their servant, who turns out to be more than he appears to be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars just as good the second time around
    I had read Jackaroo several years ago--probably 12 or 13 years now--and only remembered the basic story when I read it again with my son. He's a 10-year-old boy, and in the first few chapters, he would ask, "When is it going to get good?"--for a boy his age, it was a rather slow start, but I enjoyed the descriptions, the setting up of the story. But once Gwyn was trapped in Old Megg's house with the lordling, he was hooked and many nights he begged for another chapter. And he didn't even mind that it had a mushy, romantic ending, which is saying a lot.
    I loved the characters of Gwyn and Burl--I'm not quite sure what book one of the other reviewers was reading who said the characters were one-dimensional. And what's so bad about a nameless kingdom? It's not as finely drawn as Tolkien's Middle Earth, that's true--but then I wasn't reading it as a fantasy reader. I just like a good story with good characters, and Jackaroo certainly delivers that.
    I do agree that both Tad and Gaderian were not much like 10-year-old boys that we see in 20th/21st century America, but that is not where they were living. They were living in a time and place where Gwyn was almost considered an old maid at age 16!
    We are going to read On Fortune's Wheel next (the next Kingdom book) but will probably skip Elske because it's too girly. I've read On Fortune's Wheel before, and I'm looking forward to re-reading it as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just my kind of story
    A real page turner. I bought this book while I was reading Dumas' but, because I have read another Voigt's novel, Elske, I decided to put down the Dumas' (since I have arrived at somekind prolonged part) and picked this book.

    This book made my day!! Really happy to have bought it. Girl in adventure and subtle romance :)) just my kind of story. ... Read more


    14. Over the Moon
    by Rachel Vail
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    Asin: 0531300684
    Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
    Publisher: Orchard Books (NY)
    Sales Rank: 622527
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Over the Moon Takes You There!
    This hillarious new take on an favorite old nursery rhyme will have kids howling with delight!The author has transformed the nursery rhyme into a theatre setting.Although some of the language may be a little advanced for younger readers, the illustrations and familiarity of the rhyme will keep their interest.As a teacher I also noticed the many, many prepositions in the text and feel this book would be excellent to use to introduce or reinforce directional words.Rachel Vail and Scott Nash have a winner!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful, amusing remake of classic nursery rhyme
    Both my 3 year old and my 18 month old adore this story.It takes the classic nursery rhyme and adapts it to a theater setting.The language might be a bit old for younger children but the pace and the anctics of thecow jumping over the moon are quite involving.Adults as well as childrenwill be amused by this amusing redo of a classic nursery rhyme. ... Read more


    15. Now You See It . . .
    by Vivian Vande Velde
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    Asin: 0152053115
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
    Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
    Sales Rank: 131412
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    Wendy isn't as blind as a bat--there are bats that can see better than she can. Which is why, when her new glasses break, she's all too happy to wear the dorky pair of sunglasses she finds on her lawn. They seem to match her prescription, and that's all that matters if she's going to be able to make it through her school day.

    But the glasses correct her vision too much--she begins to see things that no one else can see: cheerful corpses, frightening crones disguised as teenyboppers, and portals to other worlds--places where people are all too aware of the magical properties of her new shades . . . and will do anything to get them.
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    16. SONS FROM AFAR
    by Cynthia Voigt
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    Asin: 0689808895
    Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Sales Rank: 39603
    Average Customer Review: 3.15 out of 5 stars
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    James and Sammy Tillerman are as different as two brothers can be. But when Jimmy seeks out their missing father, Sammy joins in. As they ask questions, and move closer to their quest, it is Sammy who grows more interested--until the questions lead the brothers to a seedy waterfront bar where violence erupts....
    "Keeps your interest...Quite suspenseful."
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    5-0 out of 5 stars James and Sammy truly learn to be Tillermans in this journey
    I began reading Cynithia Voigt in eight grade. My teacher assigned Dicey's Song and I fell in love. Her style is unmatched...she makes you feel as if you are apart of the Tillerman family and anything that happens to them, happens to you...a sign of a "born to be" writer. James and Sammy seek truth in a journey to find their father who left years before they really new what it would mean to be Tillermans. Excellent book for all ages. I have read all of the Tillerman cycle and ache for more...give them to any child coming of age...Voigt's knowlege of adolescence is astounding. I am twenty years old and they have been a guide and support to me thus far in my life, I am certain they will do the same for my little girl someday.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It held my interest the way the boys looked for thier father
    I liked the way how Voigt held the story. I couldn't put the book down

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Brother's Perspective
    Sons From Afar, by Cynthia Voigt was another huge success. In this particular book, the main characters are James & Sammy. James was the kind of person who wished to find out about his lost father because of his feelings in high school on how "being a dork isn't going to get you anywhere." He believes that since all the boys his age had fathers, they were all taught how to catch a ball ever since they were little. Although James had good grades, he wants to find a sport he could play well on. For Sammy, he's like the opposite of James. He's very active: participating in tennis and always being full of energy. When Sammy learned that James wanted to find their father, he didn't hesitate. He even entered a bar that says "no kids allowed" just to find his father! This was how Cynthia Voigt made this book interesting: describing the differences and problems of two brothers that can also happen in our every day lives. On every single page, there is excitement and adventure to make the reader satisfied on what he or she is reading. I have enjoyed this book, and this book will be an excellent choice for people who want to read about young adult fiction.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
    I thought thatthis book was really good. It really held my attention and was a quick read. It wasn't as good as Homecoming and Dicey's Song were, but it was still really good nd definatly worth reading. It's about Sammy and James going to find their father. I have to say, the plot is a little strange but the book itsself is still really really good. It's one of my favorites.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Brotherhood
    In another of the Tillerman series, Cynthia Voight explores the relationship between James and Sammy as each attempts to discover his inner self and who he wants to be. As the brothers search for a long missing father they grow to understand and admire each other. Although the plot bogs down in detail at times, there is enough action to keep the reader turning pages through to the finish. Not as captivating as the first two books in the series.
    Beverly J Scott author of Righteous Revenge ... Read more


    17. Dragon's Bait
    by Vivian Vande Velde
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    Asin: 0152166637
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
    Publisher: Magic Carpet Books
    Sales Rank: 104179
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Fifteen-year-old Alys is not a witch. But that doesn't matter--the villagers think she is and have staked her out on a hillside as a sacrifice to the local dragon.
    It's late, it's cold, and it's raining, and Alys can think of only one thing--revenge. But first she's got to escape, and even if she does, how can one girl possibly take on an entire town alone?
    Then the dragon arrives--a dragon that could quite possibly be the perfect ally. . . .
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read this Book!
    This book has everything a fantasy lover wants. And when is fantasy at it's best? Why in human history. Trying to give the feeling of those men and women who were falsly accused of witchcraft, Velde has her main character staked out and left for a dragon as punishment for witchcraft.After her Dad dies, Alys is left on here own, until a very surprising thing happens. Alys attracts the attention of the dragon who decides to interfer a little bit with human affairs. The Dragon, Selendrile, takes human form to help Alys with her plans for revenge and seems amused with the ways of humans. Alys and him each learn a lesson from the other rather unwillingly. Entwined throughout the whole is a humorous love story of two different races and the end is very pleasing. Definately a keeper to add to your collection. A story about a very sexy dragon and a gutsy heroine quotes the horn book. And that sums it up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Dragon Book!
    Everyone who loves to see a dangerous, beautiful dragon and a strong female hero together in a novel will be thrilled by this book! It is really a very good story, full of rich detail, feeling and excitement, though the actual events unfold in a relatively short period of time. The main character is a girl, who after seeing her father's murder, is accused of witchcraft and left outside her village as "dragon's bait", to await her death. The golden dragon that descends upon her though, finds her bravery and her lust for revenge against her father's killers in the village highly entertaining and decides to join her, guised as a handsome young man and plotting with a monster's mind the way he intends to help her reach her bloody goal.

    A very cool book. Dragon's Bait ends in both of the main characters, dragon and girl, learning important lessons. It is not exactly a "beauty and the beast" story, thank goodness, so modern readers will find it a relief and a treat for their minds.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy!!!
    I read this book for the second time and I have to say that it really is worth reading. Though short, there is a lesson to the story that is very helpful to life in general. Selendrile and Alys are also two memorable, unique characters. Fantasy genre lovers should definitely read this book. And if you like this one, also read Companions of the Night.

    5-0 out of 5 stars revenge isnt the only thing on her mind
    When i first saw dragons Bait i thought it would be boring.But the second time i was interested how many books do you see with captions on the back about how the dragon doesnt see her??
    Also the fact that she teams up with him to get back at the town for killing her father.
    What i thought was interesting was how she got back at the people who had accused her.during the whole book i was waiting for them to figure out that they liked each other ,but surprisingly that didnt happen until the end of the book but istill read it occasionally if i feel like reading about a egotistical dragon and a girl who wants revenge

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
    I love this book! I checked it out at school and finished it the day i got it! Icouldn't stop readingit. If you like revenge and dragons this book is for yoU! You have to read it. ... Read more


    18. Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird
    by Vivian Vande Velde
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    Asin: 0152002200
    Catlog: Book (1995-10-31)
    Publisher: Jane Yolen Books
    Sales Rank: 284070
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    Welcome to the fairy-tale world where Hansel and Gretel are horrible children who deserve to be baked and where Beauty is dismayed when her beloved Beast turns human. In the world of the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, when the sky really does fall, Chicken Little becomes the leader of her own religious movement, gets her own TV show, collects millions of dollars to build a theme park, and then makes off with the money. These tongue-in-cheek interpretations of some of the best-known fairy tales will have readers in stitches.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Weird in a Wonderful Way
    As a teacher looking for some quirky rewrites of traditional fairy tales, I was thrilled to have stumbled across Vande Velde's collection. Every story is twisted, some in silly ways, and some in darker ways, but no matter what the twist, the book is great for read-alouds or for reading alone. The "commercials" dispersed throughout the text contribute to the overall flow of the text. Children and adults alike will find this entertaining. The stories are also a great catalyst for students' revisions of fairy tales, and demonstrate the value and the pleasure of retelling old favorites from unexpected perspectives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun fractured fairy tales
    Vivian Vande Velde neatly skewers some traditional fairy tales in this collection of stories; most are moderately good-- entertaining, but not terribly deep. This anthology would have joined the ranks of the mediocre if not for one absolutely clever and wonderful retelling of Rumpelstiltskin called "Straw into Gold." This one story makes the whole book worth getting. The others are good, but "Straw into Gold" outshines them by far.

    There are many fairy tale retellings; those of Robin McKinley (Beauty, Rose Daughter), Donna Jo Napoli (Spinners, Zel, The Magic Circle) Mercedes Lackey (The Fire Rose, The Firebird) and Patricia Wrede (Snow White and Rose Red) are particularly worth checking out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully twisted tales!
    This was a wonderful book! I especially liked STRAW INTO GOLD. It was really good with a bit of a surprise ending. It had just enough magic, not too much like other fairy tales.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun Fractured Fairy-Tales!
    How do you fracture a fairy tale? The dust cover of my edition of the book says there are four different ways: make the villain a hero, make the hero a villain, tell what really happened, or all of the above. A fifth way might be added: let the tale ferment in the mind of Vivian Vande Velde for a while until you get a heady wine of gruesomeness, fun, and hilarity. The best of the best in this group of short stories would have to be "Staw into Gold," a new twist on the Rumpelstiltskin tale that has a perfect ending for children of seperated, divorced, or remarried parents and "Frog" a re-telling of the classic Frog Prince with a lesson about keeping promises.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
    This book was so hilarious! Really giving a look at both sides of tale. I was laughing so hard throughout the book that I had to take a breather for 5 min. I let my Mom read this also and she found it Very funny. This would almost be my all time favorite book though I am older than the recomended age. Good for any age group, read this book. ... Read more


    19. A Well-Timed Enchantment
    by Vivian Vande Velde
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    Asin: 0152017658
    Catlog: Book (1998-04-15)
    Publisher: Magic Carpet Books
    Sales Rank: 117622
    Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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    A teenage girl loses her Mickey Mouse watch in medieval France, and untold adventure ensues in this bright comic fantasy. "Slapstick adventure . . . funny."--The Horn Book"Vande Velde has created an intriguing story, using familiar facts about the Middle Ages and [her usual] sly humor."--Library Talk
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Book!!
    Not only is this adventurous and romantic, it's funny too. The main character is Deanna. When she drops her watch into a well, and it is transported into medievel France, Deanna must get it back before it changes history. She has only one other thing to help her - a cat-turned-into-a-boy. Okay, I know what you're thinking. How in the world could something as simple as a watch change history? Well, suppose someone found it and believed it was something magical. And then, suppose the king found out about this watch, and he took it. Well, you know how these kings get - if one king has something, another king will want it. It could start a war, and then... Well, anyway, Deanna and the cat-boy have to get back the watch. So, in medievel France, Deanna and Oliver (the cat) meet a bunch of annoying (and rather stupid) nobles. And the story goes on with even more adventure. As for the romance, a lady noble falls in love (or at least thinks she has) with Oliver, another (Leonard) decides to marry Deanna, and finally, at the end, Deanna and Oliver fall in love. Okay, so far you haven't heard of anything funny. But there is plenty of humour. Throughout the story Oliver has to get used to being a human (he's used to being a cat and this isn't an easy switch to make). For instance, here's a part where Oliver is having trouble with using expressions.

    "'...turns out since Leonard lost so badly, he figures his lady must be a real dog, so he wants to replace her with me.' Oliver stopped and stared at her. 'Leonard is marrying a dog?'"

    Oliver also has trouble adjusting to a new diet of human food after all those years of mice. Anyway, if this review hasn't convinced you that this book is either adventurous, romantic, or funny, you probably wouldn't enjoy it. I'd say for ages 8-14.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A truly enchanting read
    Have you ever wondered about the consequences of dropping your Mickey Mouse watch down an old wishing well? You can bet Deanna never did. She certainly hadn't counted on having twenty-four hours to retrieve her watch and keep history from changing. You see, the Mickey Mouse could start a cult in medieval Europe in which mice are sacred...and so prolong the plague in Europe for another couple hundred years...

    Luckily, she's got a companion to help her. Her cat-turned-human, Oliver. But a cat? Against a not-so-wicked wizard, a couple of bumbling knights and a lady who is infatuated with Oliver?? You bet. Filled with numerous puns, fractured fairy tales and a medieval setting, A Well-Timed Enchantment is a light and fun read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a summer holiday in France
    This is the story of Deanna. Deanna has been brought along by her mother to spend the summer in France with relatives. She is not having a good time. Her mother can speak many languages, and tells Deanna that she will pick French up during the stay. Deanna doesn't and has to use gestures to talk with her relatives who only speak French.

    One day when Deanna is out walking with only a cat named Oliver for company, she stumbles upon a well. Thinking it looks so much like a wishing well, she started to wish. The only problem is she doesn't know quite what she wants to wish for. Her thoughts fly instantly to the wish of her father and mother living together happily again, without a divorce. She gets no farther than "I wish..." when Oliver accidentally causes her to drop her Mickey Mouse watch into the well. Suddenly she finds herself being pulled into the well, for it really is a magic well and the wishing has caused a loop-hole in time through which her watch fell. 'the Fair Folk' who tell her that she must get the watch back in 24 hours, or else it will destroy history pulled her into the well. If she doesn't complete this task she will cease to exist.

    Oliver leaped into the well after seeing Deanna disappear into it. Because of Deanna's questions, the Fair Folk decide that Oliver is much smarter than Deanna and that she will need help on this quest. Then they turn Oliver into a human, and set the two off on their quest.

    The reason I rated this book four stars and not five is that Deanna's attitude got on my nerves. She always assumed that she was right; that she knew exactly what was going on even when all evidence pointed in the opposite direction.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Best of Miss Vivian Vande Velde
    Deanna is an ordinary gal...well except for the fact that she's been shipped off to france with her mother. And for that little detail about how she has just dropped her mickey mouse watch into an enchanted well and has to go back in time to get it back before it alters history and the world as she knows it.
    Twenty four hours - thats all the time Deanna has to retrieve the watch. Accompanied only by a cat that has been transformed into a human (Oliver) Deanna sets off on a witty and fun adventure filled with well meaning bumbling knights and wizards.
    A great read! (also try Vivian Vande Velde's Companions of the Night and The Rumplestiltskin Problem)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Well Written Book
    A well timed enchantment is great book that puts fantasy combined with history. It's a story about what happens when your dreams do come true. It was fascinating to me how the storyline was so cultivating and kept you digged in the book. It is a book about a girl with a cat (who is then turned into a human) and are taken back to midevil times. She has to get it from a wizard before the entire history of the world changes. ... Read more


    20. Alison, Who Went Away
    by Vivian Vande Velde
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    Asin: 0618045856
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-26)
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    Fourteen-year-old Susan (or, as she prefers to be called, Sybil) has been trying to reinvent herself ever since the mysterious disappearance of her older sister, Alison. Life has been very confusing since Alison left. Susan"s mother has become overly protective, fearful of losing another child. Her new school is not all bad, of course, but it is different and puzzling. Her best friend, Connie, has what could be a wonderful idea — or maybe it has the makings of a disaster: if they sign up for the school play, they might end up with dates for the freshman dance. Readers will empathize with Susan"s attempt to make sense of her confused world, the loss of her sister, a new school, turmoil at home, and the growing pains of adolescence. But Susan, despite all, remains bright, funny, and self aware with the help of a new and intelligently supportive stepfather and a lively group of school friends. The story is believable and touching and distinguished by the narrator"s voice. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Montavius from Richview Middle School
    My book report was about this girl named Alison who hated her mother and had a gay dad and a okay stepdad . She also had a sister who had a friend who had an idea that could make things a disaster . Her horrible idea was if they signed up for the school play maybe they could end up with dates for the freshman dance,but things had been a disaster for her since her big sister Alison had left .Susan thought that doing this would make her look cool or as kids say "popular",and that is exactly what Susan wanted to be . Susan thinks that everything she tries to do leads to a big problem .

    5-0 out of 5 stars Voice of a delightfully wry teen facing ordinary modern life
    I often get YA books to review, but I usually glance and put them aside. This one caught me and I started reading. Couldn't stop until I'd finished. What a charming writer! Seems to me a likely successor to Judy Blume and Robert Cormier. This fast novel has all the elements of modern life's challenges (a distant gay dad, a lukewarmly welcomed but pretty decent stepdad, misbehaving hair that ruins more than a day, glasses you try to take off whenever dreamboat is around, an almost too-protective mom, and a sister who did everything beautifully, or did she?). It's the humorous tone that attracted me, but the sharp psychological insights are everywhere too. The suspense about missing Alison is relatively low-key, but manacingly present throughout. The ending worked perfectly, in the context of the protagonist's philosophy of life, which includes both randomness and acceptance.

    As a writing instructor (online mainly), I'm going to be recommending this one for all YA writers to take notes from. ... Read more


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