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    1. Conrad's Fate
    by Diana Wynne Jones
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    Asin: 0060747439
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Greenwillow
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    "Unless you put right what you did wrong in your previous life -- and put it right now -- you are going to be horribly and painfully dead before the year's out."

    Someone at the mysterious Stallery Mansion is pulling the possibilities. At first only small details change -- the color of the mailboxes, the titles of books -- but the changes keep getting bigger and bigger. It's up to Conrad Tesdinic, a twelve-year-old with truly terrible karma, to find the person behind it all.

    Armed with his camera and a sticky cork that can summon an eerie being called a Walker, Conrad infiltrates the staff at Stallery. And he's not the only one snooping around the mansion. His fellow servant-in-training -- charming, confident Christopher Chant -- is searching for his friend Millie, who's lost in one of the possibilities. Christopher always seems to have a trick up his sleeve. To find the person behind all the mischief and to rescue Millie, the two boys have to work together. Can they keep Conrad's fate from catching up to them?

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    2. Coming On Home Soon
    by Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis
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    Catlog: Book (2004-10-12)
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    Ada Ruth's mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruthand Grandma behind. It's war time, and women are needed to fill the men's jobs. As winter sets in, Ada Ruth and her grandma keep up their daily routine, missingMama all the time. They find strength in each other, and a stray kitten evenarrives one day to keep them company, but nothing can fill the hole Mama left.Every day they wait, watching for the letter that says Mama will be coming onhome soon.Set during World War II, Coming On Home Soon has a timeless quality that willappeal to all who wait and hope. ... Read more


    3. Howl's Moving Castle
    by Diana Wynne Jones
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    Asin: 006441034X
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
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    In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter.

    After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls.

    The Hatter sisters--Sophie, Lettie, and Martha--and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.

    In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?

    Diana Wynne Jones's entrancing fantasy is filled with surprises at every turn, but when the final stormy duel between the Witch and the Wizard is finished, all the pieces fall magically into place.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read
    This book is absolutely fantastic! I read it after feeling depressed about having finished all of the author's Chrestomanci series, and it cheered me up. Sophie Hatter worked in her parents' hat shop in the small town of Market Chipping in a fantasy world. Her whole life revolved around her fears of the notorious Witch of the Waste and Wizard Howl, and her fear of failing because she is the eldest of three sisters. Then, the Witch of the Waste came into the hat shop and turned Sophie from a pretty young woman into an old lady. Feeling she had nothing to lose, Sophie goes to work as a cleaning lady in Howl's moving castle. There she meets Howl's apprentice, Michael, and his fire demon, Calcifer. Calcifer realizes that Sophie is under a spell, and offers to break it if she could break his contract with Howl. Sophie soon discovers that Howl, although vain and selfish, isn't evil, and is actually fighting against the Witch of the Waste. It all rolls together to make a wildly entertaining story. The plot, which basically defies classic fairy tale motif, is one of the most original, fresh stories out there. The characters are intelligent, funny, and uniquely memorable. Anybody who hasn't read this book yet should. It's highly reccomended for the advanced young reader craving a story that's more on their level of thinking and wondering than other books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Light and Entertaining
    I first read this book in sixth grade, years ago, and I have loved it ever since. For anyone looking for a synopsis/summary, it is about the eldest of three sisters, Sophie, living in a land called Ingary. Sophie thinks that her life will be boring and predictable, but the introduction of a castle, a temperamental wizard named Howl, a fire-demon named Calcifer, and the Witch of the Waste ensure the opposite. Sophie becomes directly entangled in the whole business by a curse put on her by the Witch of the Waste.

    I think that I have given away too much already, so I'll only say now that Jones does a fine job of pulling together an intricately and beautifully woven plot. If you read it, you will enjoy it, and I recommend Castle in the Air (title correct?)afterward if you want to see a little more of Sophie and Howl, though Howl's Moving Castle was the better of the two. If you like fantasy with a twist, you'll like this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Um, YEAH!
    Well then. Since you are reading this review, I can only assume that you are on the book's page. My advice to you is: Scroll up, add it to you cart, and buy immediately! I got it at the library a couple of days ago, along with Castle in the Air, knowing by now that it's best to get any Diana series all at once or you will be itching for the next one as soon as you're done with the first. I swear to you, I have not laughed so hard or read so avidly over a book in a LONG time. The humour is perfectly placed to make you give a shriek of laughter at just the right moments. My family was looking at me rather strangely by the time I had finished. I liked the atmosphere of Howl's Moving Castle, and the characters just seemed to mesh so well with the surroundings and plot that if it weren't for the regrettable nessecities of meals and sleeping, it's quite probable that any reader would jump into the book headfirst and not come up until it's over. Anyone who liked Charmed Life or any other of the Chrestomanci books will love this and the sequel!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exciting Adventure
    Howl's Moving Castle is an excellent fantasy story. It deals with Sophie, the oldest of three sisters. She believes, as the oldest of the three, she is doomed to a bad fate. One day her father, a hat seller, dies and leaves the girls with their step-mother. The youngest goes to live with a witch to learn magic. The second sister goes to work at a bakery. Sophie is stuck with the hat shop. One day, an evil witch, the Witch of the Waste, comes in and without explanation turns Sophie into an old woman. Sophie decides to leave the hat shop and find her own destiny. After leaving the town, she runs into a huge moving castle. This castle belongs to Wizard Howl who is know to steal the souls and eat the hearts of young girls. Believing herself to be too old for Howl's morbid tastes, she decides to enter the castle. Perhaps Wizard Howl can lift the spell she is under. This begins Sophie's adventure.

    For fans of fantasy, this is an excellent book. Diana Wynne Jones is an excellent storyteller. Also, for fans of Japanese animation, Hayao Miyazaki's next film will be based on this book. Be sure to read this before watching the movie. I'm sure you'll love reading it as much as I did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absurdly Wonderful
    Hold on a second while I tie my gaping-in-awe-and-amazement mouth shut. Howl's Moving Castle is by far the best book I have read of Diana Wynne Jones. Though it may lack the depth of books such as Dark Lord of Derkholm or the intricasies of plot as Hexwood, this book is an absolute blast to read. This book that so obviously ridicules fairy tales had me in stitches. Sophie's stubbornness and Howl's mockery of Prince Charming among other things made me love them. And who could forget such a notorious character as Calcifur who reminds me of a pouty child but endears himself to you nonetheless. Incredibly surprising and absurdly wonderful, I will love this book forever. ... Read more


    4. If You Come Softly
    by Jacqueline Woodson
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    Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
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    Jeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he's in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But now he's going to be attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, and black teenage boys don't exactly fit in there. So it's a surprise when he meets Ellie the first week of school. In one frozen moment their eyes lock and after that they know they fit together -- even though she's Jewish and he's black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that's not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world has to get in their way.Reviewers have called Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson's work "exceptional" (Publishers Weekly) and "wrenchingly honest" (School Library Journal), and have said "it offers a perspective on racism and elitism rarely found in fiction for this age group" (Publishers Weekly). In If You Come Softly, she delivers a powerful story of interracial love that leaves readers wondering "why" and "if only...." ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars IF You Come Softly!!!!
    If You Come Softly Scholastic Inc., 1998, 181pp., $3.99
    Jacqueline Woodson ISBN 0-439-36738-7

    If You Come Softly is an outstanding book that brings up very delicate issues like, interracial relationships, different races, racism, and love-at-first-sight. This book is about a Jewish girl named Elisha, and a Black boy named Jeremiah who fall in love at their private prep school, Percy Academy. The two teenagers don't see what's on the outside but only the kindness and beauty on the inside of each other. But some people don't see it the way that Jeremiah and Elisha do, which makes it difficult for them to have an open relationship. Apart from this they already have their own problems with being teenagers in general. How can their love for each one another stay strong under this much pressure? How can it stay strong when to the rest of the world "love" just isn't enough?

    The author Jacqueline Woodson did an excellent job at touching these very powerful subjects, without going to the extreme. This book is a very intense, emotional, and heart aching book. I recommend this book to anyone who is 12-16 years old, who likes to see other peoples' points of view on racism, interracial relationships, and are very emotional.

    This book is a great read all the way through and the excitement of what will happen next will keep you on the edge of your seat!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars if the world was againts you would you go against the world
    Do you like romance books? Yes? no? Either one I think you should read "If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. I personally don't like romance books, but I love this book. I rate this book five stars. "If You Come Soflty" is about a Jewish girl and an African American boy who fall in love at first sight. Ms. Woodson wrote this amazing modern love story. Some of the main characters and Ellie, Jeramiah , and both of their families. Ellie and Miah don't care what the world thinks about thier realationship. To them all that matters is that they love each other and are always there for one another. When one person thinks that they can't handle the pressure, the other one holds them up and they stay strong through it all. If you were in their sitiation what would you do? To find out what happened to Miah and Ellie please read this book. It's worth it. Trust me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars this book is wonderful
    When I first read this book i couldnt put it down i think i finished it in a few hours it is the most beautiful story. The whole thing like everything about it is beautiful the love jeremiah and ellie have for eachother and how the ending is just really wonderfully put together. i definately have this book in my favorites, and you should too.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Book... Except.....
    This was a great book. Its a story of when a Jewish girl meets a black boy and have a relationship together. It was really good, but keep in mind that when Miah's(the black boy)father says to him "never run in he park". He says that when he is really young. Then when Miah is 15, he is walking through the park and is really happy and decides to run through the park. This was the first time he ever ran in the park, and the police shoot him. That was the WORST ending I have ever read in my life! It was the worst ending to a good book. So if the things in this book were real, then I would get shot by the police if I ran through the park because I was black? Thats really dumb.....

    4-0 out of 5 stars If You Come Softly
    For Miah and Ellie love at first sight is not only possible, it is colorblind. Miah is he only child of two very famous African-Americans. His father, a movie director, has recently split up with his mother, a writer. His father has also decided to send Miah to a fancy prep school outside of the black neighborhood in which he has grown up. Ellie is the youngest child in a large Jewish family. Her father, a doctor, is often away from home, her siblings have all grown up and left, and she is unable to trust her mother, who abandoned their family on two occasions for several months at a time. Ellie is also sent to the fancy prep school.

    When the two meet, their loneliness fades away and in each other they find a soul mate. Yet their relationship is shadowed by the distant disdain of onlookers and the fear of their family's disapproval, and eventually tragedy strikes and Ellie and Miah are separated for good.

    In this novel, Jacqueline Woodson displays her delicate, well-crafted prose and her sensitive portrayal of adolescents and their families. Yet sadly her portrayal of Ellie and Miah's relationship is not as powerful as it could be. Their relationship is beautiful to read about but it never becomes grounded in reality. If Woodson wishes to speak about the very real and important issue of interracial dating, she must write about a relationship that the readers can relate to. The bigotry that Ellie and Miah encounter is so subtle (appropriately so) and their relationship is so idyllic that it is hard to see the effects of this bigotry on their relationship.

    In addition, the ending is overly dramatic, especially considering the gentle nature of the story up to that point. One feels that Woodson chose to end her novel as she did because she did not want to bring Ellie and Miah's love into the real world and because she knew that it could not go on as it was. This is a great shame, especially considering the quality of Woodson's character development.

    As it stands If You Come Softly is a lovely story about a tragic and fairy-tale romance. Yet it has the potential to be a powerful portrayal of love, family and the problems of interracial dating in our modern society. Unfortunately this potential is never realized. ... Read more


    5. Make Lemonade (Point Signature (Scholastic))
    by Virginia Euwer Wolff
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    Asin: 059048141X
    Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    LaVaughn needed a part-time job.What she got was a baby-sitting gig with Jolly, an unwed teen mother.With two kids hanging in the balance, they need to make the best out of life -- and they can only do it for themselves and each other.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Make Lemonade
    Virginia Wolff used a unique style in Make Lemonade, one that I have never seen before; it is a style with incomplete sentences that make so much sense. The choppiness of the sentences had an interesting effect on how I read. It made me feel like I was right next to LaVaughn as she was telling me the story.
    Make Lemonade is a story of a 14-year-old girl named LaVaughn, who babysits for a single 17-year-old mother of two. LaVaughn is torn between caring too much for the young mother and her children and achieving her goal of going to college and getting away from the poverty she is so used to.
    LaVaughn has such a strong friendship with Jolly that she cannot bear to let her ruin her life or get any farther behind. In a way, LaVaughn has taken on the mother role in her new family, babysitting for Jolly's two children and going above-and-beyond the limits of a teenage babysitter. Even though she is only a child herself, LaVaughn is determined to Jolly. It takes much time and effort on LaVaughn's part, and causes her goals to slip away from her for a brief moment. She convinces Jolly to try to pick herself up and join a program for young mothers through the high school. Jolly eventually does put aside some of her pride and accepts the help of this 'Moms Up' program. This allows LaVaughn to continue with her life, and be the successful young teenager that she was so set on being.
    Make Lemonade was an interesting book with many 'questionable' issues that aren't seen in many books: LaVaughn's family structure, 17-year-old mother of two, abuse, etc. These issues should definitely be addressed to teen readers, and Virginia Wolff did just that.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Make Lemonade
    LaVaughn is a fourteen-years-old high school student . She needed a part-time job,something she cuold do after school to help earn money for college . Jolly needed a babysitter . Someone she could trust with her two kids, Jeremy and Jilly, while she worked the evening shift . LaVaughn helped Jolly's family to pass the most of difficult time. LaVaught also gives Jolly and her two kids a lot of love and understanding.
    After reading this book, I feel I am very lucky. I have a good family, life and love from my parents. It tells me I need to value anything that I have had at this moment. This book also can tell other people how to make lemonade when you get lemon. I think that means when you own something you must know how to use it properly. I like this book, it has tought me a lot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Look beyond the title
    Before I begin my review, I would first like to say a word or two to the author. Ahem. Ms. Virginia Euwer Wolff allow me to thank you for writing such a wonderful book. I've read many many young adult books in my day, but your book is one of the first to move beyond the text in the millions of ways that it did. You've penned a book that is as carefully written as it is fantastic. So, Ms. Euwer, why on earth did you give it the namby-pamby title "Make Lemonade"? I've never read a title that made me want to avoid a book more. Something called "Make Lemonade" sounds like a more sentimental version of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books. Your other books, like "True Believer", have somewhat bland titles, but at least they don't actively scare away the intelligent teens that wouldn't step foot near a book with the overly optimistic title that this one has. To sum up, great book, hate the title.

    In "Make Lemonade" we have a story about self-discovery and self-recovery. LaVaughn is fourteen years old and is going to go to college someday. She knows this fact better than she knows anything else. Of course, that means she needs money, and so she answers an ad for a babysitter. The woman (if you can call her that) advertising is Jolly, a seventeen year-old single mother of a two year-old and a baby. As LaVaughn and Jolly get to know one another, the younger girl begins to see clearly the cracks and fissures in Jolly's madcap desperate life. As the two grow closer LaVaughn has to try to simultaneously help Jolly out while maintaining her own integrity and dealing with the guilt and enabling issues of being her employer's only friend.

    The book is just as much about the trials of being poor in America today as it is about two girls trying to learn how to create a life of self-sustainability. LaVaughn isn't exactly from the suburbs herself, so she understands the world Jolly is coming from. Even so, she has to figure out to what extent she's holding Jolly back from taking the necessary steps to ensure a better life for herself and her kids. If Jolly's so poor, should LaVaughn give her back all the babysitting money she's earned? Is LaVaughn helping Jolly live in denial if she's merely offering help? Is it wrong that LaVaughn is taking the money of a desperate woman so that she herself can go to college and escape the viscious cycle of poverty? The book moves from practical situations and motions to philosophical ponderings about the nature of existence itself. Written entirely in free verse in a series of sixty-six poems (of a sort) we learn more about the characters and their lives through this unique medium than we could have ever hoped to with prose. Wolff is an accomplished writer, her stories capturing the honesty of the hardships that come with poverty. You won't find any miracles or sudden changes in human behavior in this book unless they come through good hard work. This book can make you simultaneously love and resent Jolly, just as LaVaughn loves and resents her herself. For a book that the author says came out of a dirty highchair, this goes on my list as possibly one of the strongest teen books to have ever been written. Better than "Speak". Better than "Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack". Better, perhaps, than even "The Chocolate War".

    With the exception of its ludicrously optimistic title, this book is without flaw. A heartwrenching and exceedingly honest tale, it never bores or cheats. If you want to find an honesty that is at once heart-wrenching and ultimately triumphant, read "Make Lemonade". In our day and age, it should be assigned alongside "Nickel and Dimed" all the live long day.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Making money for college wasn't supposed to be this hard...
    LaVaughn is a 9th grade student with aspirations to go to college. She decides to take on an after school job to safe money to finance her continued education. The person who hires LaVaughn is Jolly, a 17-year-old high-school dropout and mother of two who needs childcare while she works. While LaVaughn is not wealthy herself, she is not poor like Jolly. Jolly's apartment is filthy and cramped. LaVaughn is stunned at the conditions Jolly's little family lives in.

    When sexual harassment at Jolly's workplace causes her to lose her job, she can no longer pay LaVaughn for her services. LaVaughn feels badly for Jolly and her two children, so she continues to baby-sit the children for free while trying to help Jolly get back on her feet.

    Virginia Euwer Wolff has crafted a gripping and gritty look at the difficulties of unwed motherhood. Jolly's fears about finding food, keeping her children, and doing it all while not compromising herself sexually are hard hitting and real. LaVaughn only wants to make money for college, but she is torn between doing what is best for herself and helping a person in need.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Make Lemonade
    I like the book a lot because its like about a 13 years olds life and it tells everything about her and how she needs a job. Her mom doesn't really want her to get a job because she doesn't like the fact that she has a lot going on in her life and that.
    Finally her mom gives in and lets her take the job. She realizes that it was very difficult to take care of two kids and there names where Jolly and Jilly. the moms name was Jill. Jill was twenty years old and she just got out of school with the two kids. She decided to go back to college to get a good job so that's why she has to babysit for her It relates to me a lot and that's why I think I liked it. I would diffidently recommend it to anyone. When I looked on the reviews it was kids and older people and they all said they liked it so I think It Is a very good book for all ages over 13. It tell a lot about how she gets to know the kids more and she becomes friends with them. the book was not a surprise at the end and it just stopped that's the only thing I didn't like because you wanted to keep reading it and it just ended. I would diffidently like to read the second book to it so I can learn more about her and how she takes care of the kids. ... Read more


    6. True Believer (Make Lemonade Trilogy)
    by Virginia Euwer Wolff
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    LaVaughn is fifteen now, and she's still fiercely determined to go to college. But that's the only thing she's sure about. Loyalty to her father bubbles up as her mother grows closer to a new man. The two girls she used to do everything with have chosen a path LaVaughn wants no part of. And then there's Jody. LaVaughn can't believe how gorgeous he is...or how confusing. He acts like he's in love with her, but is he? ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars True Believer
    Not only by seeing that this book won the 2001 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, it also looks and is a favorite to me. I haven't read any book like this ever before. It was amazing and most interesting book before. True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff just blew my heart away! Wolff has such vivid thoughts and such a writing ability to tell everyone how it really is to be a teenager. This book would be recommended to the ages of 13 and to adult; however some people might think that this is unnecessary because they talk about some futures about kid's personalities, such as the group called, "Cross Your Legs for Jesus." The young girl who is put through boys, school and just plain life is named Verna LaVaughn. Some of her friends joined an organization that is met together a lot and can hardly hang out with people of their own religion. Which is very disturbing but it shows how this stereotype can cause such a disturbance in a relationship with friends and even family.
    Throughout this book LaVaughn has to deal with conflicts such as moving, love, and school. LaVaughn and her mother are moving because her mother fell in love, or should I say hatred. When her mother found out about what this man was doing to her she felt uncomfortable and she thought that he was irresponsible and just plain wrong. The most important detail is love. LaVaughn falls in love with a young gentleman she knew since she was a little girl and she also has a boy that falls in love with her. Jody on the other hand my be cute and smell like chlorine (he's a swimmer) but he may no be the right kind of guy for LaVaughn.Why is that? Well one day Jody was at the house, "sick", and LaVaughn wanted to bake some cookies and bring them over to make him feel better. Well as soon as she got in there she saw someone kissing him! Was it a guy or was it a girl? This book helps teenagers and even adults/parents realize how life may be in a different world or way. True Believer also shows school. A child's necessity to live and to grow up with is knowledge. LaVaughn goes to a school where you can get the knowledge by going to the Grammar build up you might have missed in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. This you will definitely need for college/ school. There is even a science class that is higher then normal level (these days called AP classes).
    The cover of the book looked strange to me before I read it because it had a fish and two people looking as if they were getting ready to kiss, but now that I read it shows what she experienced from her life. By reading this book is shows me how lucky I am to have all the family, friends, teachers and other grown men and women I have around me. Thinking of the title True Believer, Virginia Euwer Wolff makes such excellent point of views and has great "imagination" as if she was the one girl who got all of this treatment and experienced of the exciting things that might happen in our life. LaVaughn feels as if she was real and she was one of my friends who needed help in her life. I will always be there for my friends and family by reading what happened to people in this amazing five star book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
    I didn't much care for "Make Lemonade", but "True Believer" is one heck of a great read! I could not put it down! There is just so much about this book that reads true-to-life, it's hard for me to site examples. LaVaughn is now a real person to me, a complex young woman struggling to find herself in a very confusing time and place. Her waxing and waning relationship with her two best friends, and her (hopeful) beginning of romance with Jody, the handsome boy-next-door are perfectly tragic-comedic! And I just love the name of the religious group LaVaughn's friends join to maintain their virginity---Cross Your Legs for Jesus. Such warmth and humor and heartbreakingly realistic writing make this a book teens and young adults can easily relate to. And congratulations to Wolff for winning the National Book Award---this book deserves the honor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars True Believer by A True Believer
    "This is the way it has turned out.
    I feast my eyes on this amazing birthday
    and I think I can live with the way life is.
    I say in my heart,
    Guy, your daughter is sixteen.
    How do you feel about that."-Virginia Euwer Wolff, True Believer, pg.264

    Verna LaVaughn(goes by LaVaughn) starts another year of high school. Her old neighbor moves back to her apartment, the last time they saw each other was in 4th grade and now he's totally gorgeous. She is moved up to an advanced biology, with a partner who is a really good friend but he is definitely not the boyfriend type. What will LaVaugn do when she sees her neighbor doing something shocking and her lab partner tells her something she would never dream of hearing?

    I would give this novel by Virginia Euwer Wolff five stars because it is a wonderful novel. It is written in an unique format so it seems very different and interesting. The format is poetry. The whole novel is written in poems by LaVaughn. It's really cool. It's also a real page turner. I read this book ever chance I got, I never wanted to put it down. This is a great book to read when you want to sit down and relax. It has such great, warm characters. I felt like I actually knew LaVaughn. I really liked the par when she was fantasizing about the dance. It seemed very real.

    Verna LaVaughn is a very realistic teenage high school student that goes through many normal problems and events throughout her school year. Sometimes she can be a little too full of herself. She sometimes thinks she knows everything, which can and does cause problems with her friends and mother. LaVaughn and her mother really want her to go to college. It is pretty rare for people from her dangerous town to go to college. LaVaughn and her two best friends don't agree about their beliefs and it causes LaVaughn to question her personality quite a bit. Throughout the novel you see signs of LaVaughn's insecurity.

    An important scene in True Believer is when LaVaughn gets moved to an advanced biology class and has a new lab partner. Being in the advanced Biology class helps LaVaughn decide her career path. This class also causes some problems in her life. Like when someone declares their love for her and when she might flunk out of it. Without this advanced class the story would not have developed. Another key scene in the novel is when LaVaughn and Jody go to the dance together it causes LaVaughn to change her feelings about him and it also causes a little heartbreak. The dance is LaVaughn and Jody's first date, it is very important to the novel.

    I loved True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff. She did an awesome job developing characters and conflicts. Anyone who likes books written in a unique format would love this book. It is also great for people who like their books with a hint of romance and suspense. It is a wonderfully written young adult novel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing and astounding
    True Believer is a really great book that all teens will enjoy. I recommend it to anyone that likes a book that you can never put down.This book is one of those books that anyone can relate to. This book talks about trouble that most teens go through or will go through. The main character is a very funny, normal teenage girl. She will go through hard times in school, at home, with friends, ect. but make it into a joke. Anyone who picks this book up will enjoy a wonderful book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I am now a True Believer!
    This is an amazing story about how a girl is tring to over come obsticals in life that face her now.She is having trouble in school, trouble with her mom,and trouble with boys. This is a great book that people of all ages would enjoy! ... Read more


    7. The Other Side
    by Jacqueline Woodson, Earl B. Lewis
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    Asin: 0399231161
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
    Publisher: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers
    Sales Rank: 51722
    Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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    Clover has always wondered why a fence separates the black side of town from the white side. But this summer when Annie, a white girl from the other side, begins to sit on the fence, Clover grows more curious about the reason why the fence is there and about the daring girl who sits on it, rain or shine. And one day, feeling very brave, Clover approaches Annie. After all, why should a fence stand in the way of friendship?

    Beautifully rendered in Earl B. Lewis's striking, lifelike watercolor illustrations, Jacqueline Woodson gives us a moving, lyrical narrative told in the hopeful voice of a child confused about the fence someone else has built in her yard and the racial tension that divides her world.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for the 3-5 grade classroom
    This is a touching story about how children don't see black and white, but see potential friendship and possibilities. Two little girls learn how to work around "the fence" that adults have constructed and find a friend. For teachers, this is a fabulous book for teaching questioning strategies in reading. The illustrations are wonderful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Poignant tale reflecting America's "Apartheid"
    What baby boomer cannot relate to a book that portrays the "dividing line" that separated blacks and whites in this country prior to the Civil Rights Movement!!!

    This story shows two youngsters, one black and one white, that come to bridge the gap by making a simple gesture of sitting on the fence that comes between their two homes.

    Such a simple act has great power and the book is perfect for primary and elementary learners, thought-provoking and beautifully illustrated.

    4-0 out of 5 stars On the Fence
    This picture book is an excellent book. It helps explain in simple terms what life was like during the civil war. The story involves two girls, one is white, the other is African American. They live on either side of a fence. Their mothers tell them that they can not cross the fence, the girls listen to their mothers for a while and sit on the fence but never crossing it. After a while the girls eventually cross the fence, and suprisingly no one seems to mind, so they continue their friendship.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Choice
    Moving, simple, perfect. It needs to be in every library, and dare I say every home. It is one of those rare read alouds that will hold children ages 5-12 spellbound. A great choice for literature circles, it's especially strong for questioning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Fence.....
    "That summer the fence that stretched through our town seemed bigger. We lived in a yellow house on one side of it. White people lived on the other. And Mama said, "Don't climb over that fence when you play." She said it wasn't safe..." Soon our narrator, Clover, sees a little white girl, Annie, hanging on the fence and staring into their yard, day after day. She was always alone. Finally, one day Clover gets close enough to the fence to talk to the little girl. They exchange names, and smiles, and pretty soon the two are sitting together on top of the fence. "My mama says I shouldn't go on the other side," I said. "My mama says the same thing. But she never said nothing about sitting on it." "Neither did mine," I said. That summer me and Annie sat on that fence and watched the whole wide world around us..." Jacqueline Woodson's eloquent and understated prose captures the feel of the old South in the 1950's, before integration, and is both poignant and uplifting. E B Lewis's elegant watercolors complement the text with expressive heartwarming and lifelike illustrations in soft summer tones. Together, word and art paint an engaging portrait of times gone by with a gentle message that won't be lost on young readers. Perfect for youngsters 7-10, or as a read aloud for younger children, The Other Side is a sensitive and evocative story, told with great insight, wisdom, and truth. "Someday somebody's going to come along and knock this old fence down," Annie said. And I nodded. "Yeah," I said. "Someday." ... Read more


    8. Locomotion
    by Jacqueline Woodson
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    Asin: 0142401498
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-29)
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Sales Rank: 667789
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    When Lonnie Collins Motion—Locomotion—was seven years old, his life changedforever. Now he’s eleven, and his life is about to change again. His teacher, Ms. Marcus,is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. And suddenly, Lonnie has awhole new way to tell the world about his life, his friends, his little sister Lili, and evenhis foster mom, Miss Edna, who started out crabby but isn’t so bad after all. JacquelineWoodson’s novel-in-poems is humorous, heartbreaking . . . a triumph. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Redefining Poetry
    The best part of Woodson's "Locomotion" is the absence of rhyme. For too many years the American Education system has been propounding the idea that poetry must rhyme. Here Woodson shows us that good poetry does not have to rhyme. Each poem included is emotionally charged, but very accessible. I would suggest this book for readers of all ages.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Richie's Picks: LOCOMOTION
    POETRY POEM
    You don't just get to write a poem once
    You gotta write it over and over and over
    until it feels real good to you
    And sometimes it does
    and sometimes it doesn't
    That's what's really great
    and really stupid
    about poetry.

    One lunchtime presentation at NCTE that I won't soon forget was listening to Jacqueline Woodson read extensively from her latest book, LOCOMOTION:

    MAMA
    Some days, like today
    and yesterday and probably
    tomorrow--all my missing gets jumbled up inside of me.

    You know honeysuckle talc powder?
    Mama used to smell like that. She told me
    honeysuckle's really a flower but all I know
    is the powder that smells like Mama.
    Sometimes when the missing gets real bad
    I go to the drugstore and before the guard starts
    following me around like I'm gonna steal something
    I go to the cosmetics lady and ask her if she has it.
    When she says yeah, I say
    Can I smell it to see if it's the right one?
    Even though the cosmetics ladies roll their eyes at me
    they let me smell it.
    And for those few seconds, Mama's alive
    again.
    And I'm remembering
    all kinds of good things about her like
    the way she laughed at my jokes
    even when they were dumb
    and the way she sometimes just grabbed me
    and hugged me before
    I had a chance to get away.
    And the way her voice always sounded good
    and bad at the same time when she was singing
    in the shower.
    And her red pocketbook that always had some
    tangerine Life Savers inside it for me and Lili

    No, I say to the cosmetics lady. It's not the right one.
    And then I leave fast.
    Before somebody asks to check my pockets
    which are always empty 'cause I don't steal.

    Now, I'm somebody who likes to have a book in my hands, rather than on tape, but Jacki Woodson's reading enveloped me in Lonnie's story; LOCOMOTION was the first book I grabbed when I got home yesterday.

    "Everybody's doing a brand new dance now
    Come on baby, do the Locomotion
    I know you'll get to like it if you give it a chance now
    Come on baby, do the locomotion
    My little baby sister can do it with ease
    It's easier than learning your abc's
    So, come on. come on, do the locomotion with me"
    --Gerry Goffin & Carole King

    LOCOMOTION is a verse novel in which Woodson tells the story of Lonnie Collins Motion (Get it?) who is eleven. He was lucky to survive his premature birth, and then saw his world devastated at seven when his parents were killed in a fire. Next, he is separated from his beloved little sister, Lili. All by himself, Lonnie suffered through the group home ordeal until coming to live with Miss Edna. With the help of his new foster mom, his inspiring teacher, Ms. Marcus, and the poetry through which he reveals his story, Lonnie begins healing from the trauma he's been enduring. There are good friends at school (one who's even a girl), a new big brother, and a regular schedule of visiting with Lili. Life's not all Disneyland, but Lonnie's a survivor who has made the most of his small share of good luck.

    PIGEON
    People all the time talking about how much they hate pigeons 'cause pigeons fly by and crap on their heads and then somebody always says That's good luck! That's good luck! so you don't feel all stupid going through your pockets tryna find a tissue to wipe it off and you never find one 'cause you don't be carrying tissues like an old lady so you gotta walk up to some old lady with that pigeon crap on your head and ask her for a tissue and she just goes Don't worry, that's good luck like everybody else and it makes you hate those sky roaches 'cause they're everywhere in the city so you better duck if they fly over your head or else...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lonnie's Words Touch Deeply
    "You have a poet's heart, Lonnie./ That's what Ms. Marcus said to me./ I have a poet's heart./ That's good. A good thing to have./ And I'm the one who has it."

    Lonnie Collins Motion does have a poet's heart, and the readers of this book feel honored to watch his gift emerge as he works to come to terms with what life has given him. Through poetic structures, Lonnie shares his life with us. Lonnie was seven and away at a babysitter's house when a fire claimed the lives of his parents. He and his little sister were taken into foster care and were soon separated from each other. Like other adolescent boys, Lonnie makes decisions every day about friends and girls and school, but his painful past and his intense self-reflection give him greater dimension than the ordinary coming-of-age character. It is Lonnie's love for his sister and his desire to rebuild his relationship with her that forces him to make big decisions about God and his future and, in turn, forces the reader to connect to him and want great things for him. Ms. Edna, Lonnie's foster mother, proves to be a greater inspiration than the reader initially expects, and his English teacher, Ms. Marcus provides him the opportunity to discover what really matters.

    This book is what some might call a "quick read," but the themes that emerge and memorable and honest. I recommend this book to readers ages 12 through adulthood. ... Read more


    9. Hard Love
    by Ellen Wittlinger
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    Asin: 068984154X
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Sales Rank: 64560
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    Since his parents' divorce, John's mother hasn't touched him, her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It's no wonder John writes articles like "Interview with the Stepfather" and "Memoirs from Hell." The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a self-proclaimed "Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian." Haning around the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born.

    While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfuntional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom leaves that friendship in ruins. Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John realizes just how hard love can be.

    With keen insight into teenage life, Ellen Wittlinger delivers a story of adolescence that is fierce and funny -- and ultimately transforming -- even as it explores the pain of growing up. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hard Love
    Since his parents got divorced, john's mother hasn't touched him. His new step dad wants to move them away to his mother's house, and his real dad would rather be anywhere else than around him especially at Friday night dinner. John writes articles like "Interview with the Stepfather" and "Memories from Hell". The only stress relief he finds is reading zines like Escape Velocity by Marisol. She calls herself a self proclaimed "Puerto Rican Cuban Lesbian". When John meets Marisol, they become close friends and a Hard Love is born.

    I really enjoyed this book, although it had some very harsh material. I believe that's what I'm going to see a lot of in Young Adult books. But I love the book so much, because it told the truth. In a way I think I have a lot in common with Marisol, except for the lesbian thing though. Marisol seems so cool and truthful I loved her character. I also liked John (a.k.a Giovanni) I could understand how he felt and how he was getting mixed signals from Marisol. I thought they were going to get together to.

    My favorite part of the story was at the end when Gio responded to Marisol's poem, "You're Not Listening", with his own "I'm Not Lying". Marisol loved the poem, but it was very hard to tell, because it didn't seem like she was even listening to it. I think this book was very unique and I believe it shows gay and straight people can become the best of friends. Maybe sometimes mates, but not in this case. I rate this book with a 6 it was great.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Abby Hildreth-Mrs.Feilds English clas-P/5a
    I have recently read Hard Love, by Ellen Wittlinger. Its about a boy named John Galardi. He's a high school student in about eleventh grade. He's not really part of the crowd, as some people might say. He doesn't have very many friends besides his one best friend, Brian. Though neither really fit in with everybody else, they're practically opposites. John doesn't think he'll ever get a girlfriend. Brian, on the other hand, feels like you're not an official human until you have one. John's parents are divorced. Lfe isn't all that peachy with either of them. So, he starts writing zines.
    While at Tower Records one day, he picks up a zine called Escape Velocity. When he reads it, he's captivated. He becomes obsessed with the author, a girl named Marisol. He just had to meet her, so he got a plan. Guess what, it worked! Meeting only on the weekends, they practically become best friends. Wearing only black, Marisol is a lot like John, almost. She's a lilt out of the box. She doesn't care what people think, hates to waste time, and never lies. You would think they would make a perfect couple, right? Well, I did, but there's one problem, she's a lesbian. Will she turn straight just for John? You'll have to read the book to find out.
    John knows Marisol is gay, but that didn't stop him from mentioning his prom to her. Brian and his freshmen girlfriend begged him to go. Well, to make the outcome between the two of them even more of a mystery, the author decided for her to say yes. A few bad moves made by John, they get into a big fight in the middle of the prom. After that things between them become a little rough.
    Once again, they are put in a situation together. There is a zine convention being held in Provincetown, a very homosexually influnced town. Will John and Merisol work everything out? You'll just have to read it to find out if they wind up together.
    Allen Wittlinger did a very good job on the characters. They were believable; like the book could have been John's journal. The foreshadowing pushes you to keep reading. You'll fall in love with it. Thought the situations are sometimes like they were out of a soap opera, they were still very well done. This book would basically appeal to everyone. With a little harsh language, it is most likely better for teens. So, pick it up and have fun, I did, and you will too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Book was AWSOME!!!
    I LOVED this book!! Even Though it dealed with homosexuality, Which I'm not a huge fan of,the way this book was written made up for it. It's about Two magazine writers who meet and become really close. I love that in their zines they can write about personal stuff. Some of the stuff they wrote were so deep and it definetly got me hooked. This book is so detailed that it seems like you know the Characters personally and it's like you're watching everything that's happenig. I recomend this book for everyone!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Diffferent Approach on a Familiar Struggle
    Ellen Wittlinger does a wonderful job of exploring young love through the eyes of a guy who isn't quite sure where he fits with relationships. Not only does Wittlinger focus on John's struggle with his feelings for a certain girl (who has a surprise barrier for him!), the author also digs deep into John's mind to help the reader discover why he refuses to get close to anyone. We get to look at how his relationship with his parents affect his relationships with others. Hard Love is very insightful. Another book on relationships you might want to read is If I'd Only Known... by Edee Wilcox. The main character in that story is female, but she struggles to find how she fits into relationships with the opposite sex as well.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hard What?
    I liked the theme/idea of this book a lot. But when I finished reading this, all I can think of was how much I disliked the characters, John and Marisol. John is nothing more than an overly emotional jerk, and Marisol is a complete hard ass. I would have liked to read more about John's love for Marisol and how he tries to 'get with her', rather than reading about how they became such good friends. ... Read more


    10. Razzle
    by Ellen Wittlinger
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    Asin: 0689856008
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Sales Rank: 515381
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    One summer can change everything...

    Kenyon Baker is not happy about moving to Cape Cod halfway through high school, but his parents have decided to retire there to run a summer cottage colony. At least they'll let him have his own darkroom, provided he helps prepare the colony for guests. The early hours and hard work compound Ken's unhappiness, but just when he thinks he'll never make it through the summer, he meets Razzle Penney.

    Skinny, buzz-cut Razzle isn't afraid to act differently from everyone else, and she simultaneously becomes Ken's friend and his muse, as he takes a series of inspiring photos of her. However, Razzle also introduces Ken to beautiful, aggressive Harley, causing a rift in their friendship. Just when it seems things can't get more complicated, Razzle's mother breezes into town, and Razzle learns more about her past than she wants to know.... ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Imspiring and Amazing
    When young photographer Kenyon Baker moves to Cape Cod with his predjudiced, elderly parents he expects to face a summer of boredom fixing up the resort his parents bought. But when he meets eccetric, crazy Razzle at the town dump he begins to love his new town and Razzles oddness.But when sexy, beautiful Harley, Razzle's sworn enemy takes an interest in Kenyon it threatens to ruin his friendship with Razzle, and when Razzle's mother comes into town and tells more than anyone wanted to know about Razzle's past evryone is forced to realize diffricult things.
    The best thing about this book are the funky,original characters.It is one of the best books I have ever read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read This Book NOW
    This is the best Ellen Wittlinger book I have ever read - high praise for a wonderful author with other amazing books.

    Fifteen year old Kenyon is resentful that his parents bought a group of vacation cabins in Cape Cod and moved him there without asking so they could enjoy a peaceful retirement in picture perfect settings. He's been enlisted to fix up the dilapidated buildings when he'd rather be taking endless rolls of film and exploring the different angles and facets of photography.

    As the summer progresses, he develops a friendship with Razzle Penney - weirdo extraordinaire, but great person and wonderfully crafted character. A relationship with sexy but shallow Harley threatens to ruin everything he has with Razzle and others in the small town.

    You won't want to put this book down. The characters are some of the most vivid I have ever read about. I wanted it to keep going forever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Razzle is a Dazzling Book
    Razzle is one of the most diverse and interesting book I have read. I am a 15 year old girl and can relate to what happens in the book whether it happens around me everyday or it has happened to me personally. Many many people could relate to this book in some way or another. That, I believe, is why everyone loves the book if I ask them about it.

    Someone is always wanting to have the prettier girl or guy,leaving behind someone they care for along the way, getting hurt by that prettier girl or guy, going back to the person they hurt and then get rejected. It happens in high school. But knowing about it and reading about it are two different things. You get a better understanding for what can really happen.

    This book gives you a mixture of feelings that can embrace your heart or break it. If you are one of those people that doesn't like to read a book that takes a long to get into you will like this book from the very beginning. Once I picked up the book I couldn't put it down. You'll love it!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A book for the different
    I'm pleased with this book. I've read it in school from the library, expecting something not what it was.

    You can get the basic plot from other reviews.

    What really intrigues me is the characters. Razzle is a character that's not afraid to be different. I admire that.

    I thought I would have more to say... Eh... BUY IT.

    Or at least read it.

    The writing flows nicely, and gives the slightly detatched feel I like in a book, while still giving lots of emotion in the wordings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book
    THis book was wonderful. you can read some of the other reviews if you want a summary, but i dont want to waste my space with that. Its not one of those corny happy ending books where everyone is happy. those can be good if your in the right mood, but this is more of a truthfull real life book. there are some parts where you are worried for the characters, or sad. it makes your heart ache sometimes. it is very good and even though i dont like the other books by this author, this ones a keeper. i would like to comment on a review a little further down the list, by airwhacka i think. dont listen to her. she is a very closeminded person. she says she is shocked from this book, but i am shocked that she can be so closeminded that she doesnt want her daugther to read this. i mean, yes this book includes a gay man, and teenagers feeling each other up , and confrotational things like abortion and teen pregenency and suicide, but it is all done very tastefully and realistically. she is in denial if she thinks that this book isnt the way things are some places. This book makes you want to be one of the people in the story, they are so wonderful and unique (well, i want to be razzle. i like her) i hope this helped you.by the way, i am a high school student, 16, and other kids in my school have been doing these kinds of things since eight grade for some. this is how things really are. ... Read more


    11. Hush
    by Jacqueline Woodson
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    Asin: 0142500496
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
    Publisher: Penguin USA (Paper)
    Sales Rank: 75998
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Toswiah Green's life ended the moment her policeman father decided to testify against a fellow officer. The Greens have had to change their identities and move to a different city. Now Toswiah is Evie Thomas, and that is the least of the changes. Her defeated father spends his days sitting by the window. Since her mother can no longer work as a teacher, she puts her energy into their new church. Her only sister is making secret plans to leave. And Evie, struggling to find her way, wonders who she is now and how she can make her future as bright as her past once was. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars MY OWN
    "Thank you for my family, my friends, and my name", are all things you will say to yourself after reading this book. Toswiah a young afriecan afmerican girlwho is put through trauma, a state of depression, and an idenity crisis all in a two- three year life span. She is forced into the witness protection program because her father witnessed a murder of a young black teen, by two of his fellow white cops. He was the only black cop in his precint and felt it was dangerous for he and his family. As time goes on Toswiah loses identity and becomes Evie her siter become Anna a rebellous gurl who was once popular, sweet and social. Her mother becomes annoited and into her new religion that she breathees it. I recommend this book to people who what reality.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Life
    This novel was about a family having to change their identity;as well as their lives, just because their father witnessed a murder. His fellow friends, police officers, killed a young african-american boy. The Green family was put in a witness protection program, so they moved out of denvert, leaving family members, friends, and their belongings. They had to change their names and had to change the way they lived. The family didn't like it there. A lot happened to the family while they are there. Cameron, which is Anna now, had grown into a beautiful women. Toswiah which now is Evie, has made new friends and found what she likes most "track". The family went through a lot of changes, but they made it through. I think this was a great book, I enjoyed reading this book. I recommend this book to children of all ages. I hope they will enjoy it, like I did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
    IMAGINE IF YOUR PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE WAS TAKEN AWAY BECAUSE YOUR FATHER SAID THE HAD TO BE? WHAT IF YOUR LIFE, FRIENDS, AND BELIEFS WERE ALL PULLED FROM UNDER YOU, AND YOU HAD NO GROUND TO STAND ON? WHAT IF YOUR LIFE WAS RESTARTED LIKE A COMPUTER? WELL, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK, "HUSH" BY JACQUELINE WOODSON. THIS BOOK AT FIRST WAS CONFUSING, BUT AFTER A WHILE YOU GET USE TIME. thIS BOOK IS VERY EMOTIONAL. iN SOME INSTANCES YOU START TO CRY OR FEEL PAIN.SOMETIMES READING THE BOOK YOU WONDER WHY SHE NEVER CRIED? THEN YOU ASK WHAT WOULD I DO IF MY LIFE WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM ME.

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Life
    This novel is about a black family. There are 2 girls and 2 parents.Cameron and Toswiah are the 2 girls. Cameron is a cheerleader and Toswiah is an athlete. Therefore the father witnessed a crime scene and was forced to start a new life in a new place with a new name. Cameron is now Anna and Toswiah is now Evie. Evie experiences a new life at her new shool and even found someone named Toswiah. They become good friends. The mom becomes a Jehovah's Witness and the father stares out the window all day. I reccomend this book to to all people because people should know what its like to start a new life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bye Bye Home
    In the story Hush a girl named Toswiah is the main charater.She and her family are forced to leave their beloved home in Denver. They left because her father witnessed two white police officers murder a young african american boy. Her mother studies her bible and attends Kingdom Hall. Her sister is a high school student and hates her life. The ending is a little rough because it leaves the reader wondering what's gonna happen. ... Read more


    12. Double Helix
    by Nancy Werlin
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    Asin: 0803726066
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
    Publisher: Dial Books
    Sales Rank: 99163
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Eli has lucked into a job at Wyatt Transgenics—offered to him by Dr. Wyatt, the famed scientist. The salary is substantial, the work is interesting, and Dr. Wyatt seems to be paying special attention to Eli. It’s almost too good to be true. Is there a catch?

    Eli’s father is vehemently against his taking the job, but won’t explain why. Eli knows that there’s some connection between Dr. Wyatt andhis parents—something too painful for his father to discuss. Something to do with his mother, who is now debilitated by Huntington’s disease. As he continues to work at the lab, and to spend time with Dr. Wyatt, he begins to uncover some disconcerting truths about himself—about his very makeup.

    Rich and suspenseful, with a hair-raising conclusion, this is Nancy Werlin’s most dynamic novel yet—one that explores the ethics and amazements of genetic engineering. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book
    The setting is in present time. It is a science fiction book that deals with cloning and DNA manipulation. The suspense keeps the story moving throughout the book. Eli is an 18 year old who doesn't know what he wants to do with his life. By chance a famed scientist Dr. Wyatt took interest in Eli and gave him a good job. A job that his father is abosolutly agianst Eli in taking. What ever the reason Eli's father doesn't want him taking the job, it is to painful for him to speak about. Eli thinks that there is some connection between Dr. Wyatt and his family and wants some answers. This is an excellent book to read and I would suggest everybody who would like a good read to read this book. This would definatly one of the best books I've ever read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars impressive page turner
    This book, although marketed as "Young Adult," could easily take its place on the shelf alongside mysteries intended for an adult audience. A recent high school grad chooses to postpone college for a year - much to the dismay of his father - and instead takes a job in a lab which deals with cloning and genetics. Like the stereotypical male, the protagonist believes that if he can successfully compartmentalize each aspect of his life, things will be fine. Unfortunately, as his girlfriend uncovers what he has tried to keep secret - his mother's Huntington's disease - and he begins to suspect a past connection with his parents and his boss, that his father refuses to discuss, his life becomes steadily more messy. To compound matters, he begins to suspect that something is not quite kosher at the lab and with his brilliant but quixotic boss. Although the end climax and confrontation seemed tame, the events leading up to it held my interest.

    The book reminded me of two mysteries by Charles Atkins, in its raising of philosophical/existential/psychological issues, its vividly drawn characters (presented as human not caricatures of scientists), and its easily recognizable Boston setting. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Werlin at her best!
    This book was amazing! I absolutely loved every part of it. The summary above explains the plot, but the greatness of this novel cannot be put into words. I recommend this book to anyone who has read Nancy Werlin's books before, and anyone who wants a good read. Thumbs up! ... Read more


    13. We're Alive and Life Goes On : A Theresienstadt Diary
    by Eva Roubickova
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    Asin: 0805053522
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-15)
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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    "It's a terrible feeling to see the fate of thousands of people dependent on a single person. . . . It seems like a mass judgment to me:life or death."

    On December 17, 1941, twenty-year-old Eva Mándlová arrived at the Nazi's "model" concentration camp, Theresienstadt. From that day until she was freed three and a half years later, she kept a diary. At times sweet and personal, at times agonized and profound, Eva is a human voice amidst inhuman evil.

    Through Eva's eyes, the camp sometimes "even resembles normal life," as she makes friends and talks with Benny, or Egon, or Otto. But at any moment, anyone may be "selected" for a transport to "Poland." No one ever returns from "Poland."

    Never before published, Eva's diary is a true-life Sophie's Choice in which each day brings impossible decisions. As a Gentile man inexplicably helps her, Eva must decide who should share her bounty. As close friends and loved ones are sent away, she has to decide, over and over again, whether to ask to join them on their final journey.
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    14. Miracle's Boys
    by Jacqueline Woodson
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    Asin: 0698119169
    Catlog: Book (2001-12-01)
    Publisher: Speak
    Sales Rank: 200847
    Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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    If things hadn't changed, Charlie wouldn't have been arrested and sent to Rahway Correctional. Ty'ree would have gone to college instead of having to work full-time to support them. And Lafayette wouldn't have all of these questions in his head: Why did their parents have to die?When did Charlie turn into such a stranger?And how are the three of them going to make it through when so much seems to be set against them? With Miracle's Boys, the acclaimed Jacqueline Woodson scores another triumph.

    "This compelling novel is . . . reminiscent of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders and That Was Then, This Is Now." (The Horn Book)

    "Readers will be caught up in this searing and gritty story . . . An involving novel about a family struggling to remain intact in spite of tremendous obstacles." (Kirkus Reviews)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Miracles are Forever
    This book is about three boys (Ty'Ree, Charlie and Lafayette.) Their mom and dad both
    died. So now Ty'Ree has to take care of Charlie and Lafayette. Charlie is not very good.
    He was sent to Rahway, which is like a type of jail for kids. He tried to rob a candy store.
    While Charlie was gone his mom died. Charlie is now friends with another mean person.
    His name is Aaron. Ty'ree and Charlie are both very nice people. This was a very good
    book for people between the ages of eleven and fourteen. This book kept me interested
    pretty much throughout the whole book. It was very exciting. I would recommend this
    book to anybody who is struggling with family problems, or anything else having to do
    with their family. Ty'Ree is very smart. Ty'Ree passed up college to take care of Charlie
    and Lafayette. He used to go to the park and launch off rockets with his friends. He was
    accepted to MIT. People call him St. Ty'Ree since he is so nice. Lafayette (Laf) is always
    very nice. He calls Charlie Newcharlie. This is because after Charlie went to Rahway he
    came back mean. Charlie calls him a Milagro killer. This is because their mother's name
    was Milagro. Spanish for miracle. When Charlie was in Rahway their mother died. Laf
    was the first one to see his mother dead. She died of an insulin attack from her diabetes.
    He didn't call for help for awhile. It wouldn't have mattered though because she was
    already dead. Charlie still calls him Milagro killer though. Charlie used to like animals
    like dogs and cats a lot. Once he tried to save a dog that was hit by a car. Almost everyday
    he called the vet to see if it was still alive. Then, one day he called and it was dead. He
    felt very sad about that. This book has many flashbacks in it. There is one where Ty'Ree
    is having a flashback about his dad's death. He is climbing on a tree while his dad is
    reading the newspaper. They are at the park. There isn't very many other people there.
    All of a sudden somebody screams. A dog and a woman have fallen into a hole in the icy
    lake. Ty'Ree's father jumps up from the bench he was sitting on and runs out to help the
    lady and her dog. He grabs a tree branch and holds it out to the woman, but when she
    grabs a hold of it, it breaks. His father jumps into the lake, saves the woman and the dog
    then, comes out freezing cold. Paramedics are there and his father assures them he is fine.
    A couple of days later he died of hypothermia. This was a very good book. I found it quite
    exciting. The reason I didn't give it five stars was because it didn't really keep me glued
    to my seat waiting for what would happen next. I gave this book four stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Miracle's Boys
    The reasoning behind the star rating is the story's about a few African-American boys trying to survive without theire parents. When the oldest son was a pre-teen his father died of hypethermia. Then, a couple years before the book was taking place, their mom died suddenly in her sleep. The heartwarming part it that Tyree (the oldest), who finishes high school, decides to put his plans and future dreams on hold so he can be qualified as Charlie and Lafayette's parental guardian. If not they'd have to move far away with their aunt. Jus because of the love and shear courage of the characters is why this book deserves five stars.
    The main conflict in this book is between Charlie, who just got out of Juvenile Boys School, and Lafayette. There constant fighting is because Charlie is always trying to look cool in front of his gang friends. He also blames Lafayette constantly for their mother's death. At the end though Charlie has to go to the police station because his "boys" didn't stick up for him. This shows him that his brothers are his real "boys."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful.
    Lafayette never got a chance to meet his father; his dad died before Lafayette was even born. Though he misses having a dad to do boy stuff with, Lafayette didn't know the man enough to miss him personally. When his mother dies, though, Lafayette is crushed. He misses her terribly --- every day, with every thought.

    Lafayette's oldest brother Ty'ree misses their mother just as much. With both parents gone, Ty'ree is now responsible raising Laf and also looking out for middle brother Charlie who has just returned from doing time in a juvenile detention center. In addition to being full of sorrow, Ty'ree is bitter: If he didn't have to look after his younger brothers, Ty'ree would have been able to attend college. Now, he works like a dog in the mailroom for a big company and is tired all the time from trying to make ends meet. Laf tries not to ask too many questions, or cry too much, or to want things they can't afford. On top of it all, Charlie just keeps acting out and getting in trouble. If he caught by the police again, Charlie and Laf will be made wards of the court.

    Author Woodson has a wonderful talent for writing about kids in tough situations. You really understand how someone in Laf's position might feel. This is a touching novel about a family trying to stay afloat through some really hard times. Their mother, whose name was Milagro, (Miracle in Spanish) was the center of the family and held them together. Now they must rely on each other while learning to deal with the death of their mother. They already got their one miracle --- can they stick together without one?

    This is a quiet novel that you can read quickly. All the action takes place in one day, but it never feels hurried or too busy. If you are looking for a book that makes violence, gang life, and fighting brothers seem dramatic or glamorous, this is not the book for you. But if you want to read a realistic story about how these elements of urban life affect a small, loving family, try reading MIRACLE'S BOYS. Laf has tremendous reserves of kindness and love, and the bravery to show his emotions when he feels them. This whole novel is sometimes very sad, but it ends on a hopeful note. And as is usual with this author's work, it's also very beautiful.

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    1-0 out of 5 stars This book
    You really need to read this book I'm reading it is school and my class loves it. All teachers need to let there kids read this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my review
    Miracle's Boys
    Miracle's Boys is one of the best books I've ever read. It's sad, funny, and very serious at times. The title Miracle's Boys comes from the three boys mother, her name means miracle and they're her boys. This book was so good that I couldn't put it down. My favorite part in the book was when the author tells what happens to they're father. I'd recommend this book to people who like, sad /slightly funny books or people who just like drama.
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    15. The House You Pass on the Way
    by Jacqueline Woodson
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    Asin: 0142501913
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Sales Rank: 432743
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Staggerlee is used to being alone. As the granddaughter of celebrities and the daughter of an interracial couple in an all-black town, she has become adept at isolating herself from curious neighbors. But then her cousin, Trout, comes to visit. Trout is exactly like Staggerlee wishes she could be: outspoken, sure of herself, beautiful. Finally, Staggerlee has a friend, someone she can share her deepest, most private thoughts with. Someone who will teach her how to be the strong girl she longs to be. But is Trout really the girl Staggerlee thinks she is? ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Touching!
    It is a beautiful story. It addresses issues of racism, interracial marriage, a high school girl's crush..on another girl, a beautiful friendshp all without ever sounding preachy. The writing is crisp, descriptive and succinct.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is great!!!
    I loved everything about it. Her selection of words how she put so much thought into such a small book it was wonderful. i couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 days! ... Read more


    16. Castle in the Air
    by Diana Wynne Jones
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    Asin: 0064473457
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
    Publisher: HarperTrophy
    Sales Rank: 35682
    Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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    Abdullah was a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer. His father, who had been disappointed in him, had left him only enough money to open a modest booth in the Bazaar. When he was not selling carpets, Abdullah spent his time daydreaming. In his dreams he was not the son of his father, but the long-lost son of a prince. There was also a princess who had been betrothed to him at birth. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.

    In this stunning sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones has again created a large-scale, fast-paced fantasy in which people and things are never quite what they seem. There are good and bad djinns, a genie in a bottle, wizards, witches, cats and dogs (but are they cats and dogs?), and a mysterious floating castle filled with kidnapped princesses, as well as two puzzling prophecies. The story speeds along with tantalizing twists and turns until the prophecies are fulfilled, true identities are revealed, and all is resolved in a totally satisfying, breathtaking, surprise-filled ending.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted fantasy set in a world of magic.
    I remember reading this several years ago, after I had read most of Diana Wynne Jones' other novels. I was delighted by the change of pace, this novel being set in the world of the "Arabian Nights". Abdullah, a young man in Arabia, sells carpets for a living in a little hut in the merchant district. He lives a happy, if unsuccesful life, besides the hassle with dealing with his relatives who are trying to get him to marry. Alas, he dreams of someone more beautiful than the pigs his relatives want him to marry. His life changes one day when a stranger sells him a magic carpet. So begins a wonderful tale of magical Djin and a beautiful princess. I heartily recomend this book for young adult readers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A completely charming sequel to "Howl's Moving Castle."
    Don't be put off by the naysayers here. "Castle In The Air" is a lovely, if lightweight, sequel to the utterly wonderful "Howl's Moving Castle," if only because it's a send-up of the Arabian Nights tales (much as HMC was a deconstruction of traditional fairy tales). It's true; the HMC characters don't show up until the last half of the book, but when they do, it's the best dovetailing of stories since Edward Eager's Tales of Magic quartet. I wish to God someone would make live-action movies out of these books (although I'm sure the Japanese anime version of HMC due in spring 2003 will be great).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great to read aloud!
    I stumbled upon this book without having read its prequel, but I didn't even realize there was a book that came before (although I will seek it out!). I am reading it to my kids, ages 5 and 8, and they are loving it. Admittedly, I have shortened some parts that I thought would lose my 5-year-old's attention. But overall, I think this is a terrific tale and will certainly look forward to more from this author!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
    This book is good but not as good as Howl's Moving Castle which is a given since sequels are rarely as good as the ones that come before. I thought that it was a bit slow, and though Howl was in it far more then these rewiews would suggest, I felt that there were some very exciting things that happened of which Howl was a part that were not explained hardly at all in this book such as the war between Ingrey and Strangia and the enchantment of Howl, Sophie, and Calcifer. I would have liked to know more about these, and I feel that it would have made the book more exciting. Plus, the flattery language of the main characters annoyed me almost as much as it annoyed Howl! If I heard one more conversation that begun with something like "Oh jewel among waitresses" or "Oh sapphire among genies" or something of the like; I'll scream! Other then these things it was a good book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars ... Review *~*
    I like this book because it had adventures, mysteries, and humour. It reminded me of " Aladdin." It was about a carpet sellsman who went on a journey in search of a the princess. My favorite character is Adbullah. He is very positive about everything and won`t stop until he finds the princess. He is also brave. My favorite part was when they first saw the dijnn. I liked that part because it described it very well. ... Read more


    17. When Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune
    by LORI AURELIA WILLIAMS
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    Asin: 0807261912
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-23)
    Publisher: Listening Library
    Sales Rank: 1426056
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    Shayla Dubois lives in a Houston neighborhood known as the Bottom, where life is colorful but never easy.Shayla's mama kicked her sister, Tia, out of the house.Her father, Mr. Anderson Fox, has rolled back into town.And Shayla doesn't know what to make of her strange new neighbor, Kambia Elaine.
    Kambia tells Shayla the most fantastic stories.As these stories become more and more strange, Shayla realizes that there may be something very wrong.What can she possibly do to help when she can't get past these stories, and when Tia still hasn't come home?

    Told lyrically and gracefully by debut author Lori Aurelia Williams, this is a story that shows how complicated life can get when children are forced to grow up too quickly.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Dark Secret of Kambia Elaine.
    Shayla Dubois thought Kambia Elaine was the weirdest and homeliest looking girl when she first saw and met her for the first time. All of that changes when the two strangers start walking to school together everyday. That's when Kambia starts telling Shayla her tale of the wallpaper wolves and how they mistreat her. Then a problem in Shayla's family stirs up emotions between Shayla and Kambia and now they are a lot closer.
    In this capturing book, When Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune by Lori Aurellia Williams, Shayla and Kambia slowly become best friends by Kambia telling Shayla her stories and tales and Shayla soaks it all up as if there isn't anything better in the whole world. When Kambia finishes her stories, Shayla thinks they are childish and silly. Even though Shayla thinks that they are really silly, she can't get enough of those stories. She wants to hear more and more. One day, Kambia is found hiding underneath her house and Shayla goes over to Kambia's house, right next to her's, to see why she's under there. Kambia tells Shayla the most absurd thing she's ever heard that the wallpaper wolves are after her and they want to hurt her.
    After this event they keep growing closer and closer still because now Shayla can tell Kambia her inner most dark secrets. This helps because there is a problem in Shayla's family and Kambia is the only one Shayla can turn to for help.
    This suspensful, capturing book keeps you hooked right from the start and you can't or don't want to put the book down. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to be at the edge of thier seats and who likes happy endings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for YA readers and educators
    When Kambia Elaine flew in from Nepturne is one of the best books for YAs that I have read in a long time. It is hard to believe that this is the first novel by Lori Aurelia Williams. Her frequent use of similes and metaphors enhance her writing and make her characters truly come alive. The book sends a strong message about the consequences of keeping silent about sexual child abuse. The bonds of family and friendship are strong and keep the reader eager to read on. As a school librarian and as a parent of junior high school children, I highly recommend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up for Lori Williams
    It's hard to believe that this is Lori Williams's first novel. She wrote it with such poetic ease that it seems like the characters jump off the pages. She keeps you reading on because the plot is so vivid, you seem like you are there, living the actual events. There is such a message of family bond weaved into the book, it's hard to describe.
    The character Kambia sends the message that, your imagination is beautiful thing. The stories that she told were so complex, but it was her way of calling for help. The friendship between Kambia and Shayla reminds all of us girls about our relationship with our best friend. About how we would keep their secrets until the very, very end.
    This is a novel about friendship, love, family, sisterhood, and promises. It's suspenseful, and very engaging. Lori keeps you guessing until the very end. I give Lori BIG props for this being her first novel, and I assume the sequel is just as fantastic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The secrets of Shayla and Kambia
    "When Kambia Elaine flew in from Neptune" is about a girl named Shayla Dubois who happens to run into her very strange new neighbor at the bus stop and ends up having a conversation with her. After meeting a second time Shayla and Kambia decided to walk to school together which makes them even closer. As they walk to school everyday together they become closer and closer each day and feel comfortable enough to tell each other what is troubling them. Shayla is living in a house full of angry women with her mom and her sister Tia is always at it and her grandmother butting in all the time doesn't help. But to top it all off, her father, who she hasn't seen in a really long time, is trying to make his way back into the family. All these problem add up and are making Shayla a bit stressed and the only one she can turn to for all this is Kambia. As for Kambia she is not so well off when it comes to her family as well. Her mother is a prostitute and she is being molested. Yet Kambia has a way of expressing her feelings without putting her self out there in the open to get hurt. She tells stories of wallpaper wolves and how they often hurt her. Both girls are living in unstable families and find a bond and sense of sisterhood with one another because they can trust each other and are always there for the other person through out their struggles.
    This book is a very interesting because it is not just fiction it has a sense of reality to it because it does actually happen to people. I do recommend this book to others because truthfully I usually do not finish an entire book and actually did this time. It's really good and you should read it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    The main character in this book is a twelve-year-old girl named Shayla who lives with her mother and older sister Tia in a poor neighborhood in a big city in Texas. When Kambia Elaine, a skinny, red haired girl who makes up strange stories and claims to be things she's not, moves in next door to Shayla, they become friends. Shayla's sister Tia runs away from home, and Shayla discovers there is something really wrong with Kambia. This is a really great book, I definetely reccomend it! ... Read more


    18. I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This
    by JACQUELINE WOODSON
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    Asin: 0440219604
    Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
    Publisher: Laurel Leaf
    Sales Rank: 80640
    Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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    Two girls: one white, one black; one abused, one protected, both missing their mothers. An unlikely friendship ignites between the two, and, in sharing their differences, both of their lives are transformed. Jacqueline Woodson won a Coretta Scott King Honor for this moving, tightly written tale of friendship, racism, and loss. In a starred review, The Horn Book calls it a "haunting and beautifully poetic novel." ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Some Secrets Must Be Told
    I really enjoyed reading this book, but wished Marie would have told someone Lena's secret. I feel that some children who read this book would get the impression that keeping secrets from adults can be a solution to the problem. Lena was sexually abused by her father and Marie kept that secret. Lena is a poor white girl and Marie is a middleclass black girl. These two girls establish a wonderful friendship and share the loss of their mothers. Lena's mother died from breast cancer and Marie's mother left the family two years ago. I feel the author did a nice job with racial relations and reaching children who have lost a parent. However, I would like to have seen her describe deeper feelings and solutions for children who experience sexual abuse. I was hoping for Marie to eventually tell the secret to an adult and Lena realizes that she was a true friend for doing so. In the end Lena finally decides to leave with her younger sister Dion so her father cannot touch either of them ever again. Marie is very upset Lena is leaving and tries to convince her to stay and tell the cops and things could be different. Lena says she cannot and will write her soon. The bond that Marie and Lena established will last forever. This book is rated for 4th grade to junior high level. Due to sexual abuse not be explained in depth, I feel fourth and fifth grade may be too young to understand the book unless the teacher does beforehand.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Truth hurts
    The books is set in Ohio about two girls one white(Lena) one black(Marie). The tables have change in which the black girl is the one who is well off and the white girl is very poor. The book is written from Marie's view. She met her through school where the first day she sat next to her. Both girls soon realize they have a lot in common both their mothers are no longer around. Marie's mother abandoned her and her dad and Lena's mother died of cancer. The book deals with a very sensitive subject about sexual abuse which Lena's dad does to her. The abuse though is slightly touched upon.I believe the author really touched the heart with this book it was very sad but yet it's stuff that happens every day highly recommend great for book discussion for children pertaining to race relation and possible an introducion to knowing about abuse.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good Book
    I have read this book 2 times now.It is a very good book,in the story theres this black girl named Marie and a WhiteGirl called Lena moves in,they call Lena 'whitetrash'.These two girls Marie and lena become friends but lena has a terrible secret,Marie dosent know what to do,Should she tell?Yet the two girls learn the value of freindship,and something that is true is,keep it in your mind,"Why cant we all be people here?'
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Chauncey, Ohio Crib
    The book is about a young girl at the age of twelve named Marie has a friend that is in the same grade as her and how their friendship gets them closer together in a mostly an all African American school in Chauncey, Ohio. At the age of four Marie's mother left to be alone and go around the world to make her dreams come true. Every once in a while in the book she would mail Marie and her father a post card with a picture on the back that she drew of where she was at. One day at school in history class a new girl came and the teacher introduced her to the class and her name was Lena. The teacher gave her a seat over by Marie and at lunch they started to talk to each other and became friends.

    I like the book because it talks about to kids getting to know each other and how both of them have no mother because something happened to them that changed their lives and once they found each other as friends. It is really sad how one mother died of cancer and one left because she wanted to go to other places in the world and become somebody in the world. If I was a judge of this book and give it a scale from one to ten on how good it was, I would give it a ten because it was really good in a way that it would make someone happy that would be interested in it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sad but a very exciting Story
    A lonely girl named Lena just moved to Chauncey, Ohio but isn't making any friends. Marie is a black girl who thinks she is very raggedy. Evenetually, the find out that they both have a deep, secret. To find out, read the book!!! ... Read more


    19. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 2: The Magicians of Caprona / Witch Week
    by Diana Wynne Jones
    list price: $6.99
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    Asin: 0064472698
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-31)
    Publisher: HarperTrophy
    Sales Rank: 28315
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    In this multiple parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds, only an enchanter with nine lives is powerful enough to control the rampant misuse of magic -- and to hold the title Chrestomanci...

    There is a world in which the peaceful city-state of Caprona is threatened by the malevolent machinations of a mysterious enchanter...and another in which magic is outlawed and witches are still burned at the stake.

    In two worlds the practice of magic has gone dangerously awry, there is only one solution -- call upon the Chrestomanci.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A review for both Volumes
    I definitely liked it as a whole. The first book of Vol.2 was witty and cute, although lacking in some ways. The second book I absolutely loved. I read Volume 1 a few weeks ago, and when I read Volume 2 I found a similiar story: the second was much better than the first. This probably has something to do with the kind of person I am, but I felt like both Cat and Tonino were simply too mild mannered. Christopher and Charles both had very strong personalities as well as being interesting people. With Magicians of Caprona there was very little connection between the reader and the characters, because they were so wrapped up in the happenings of the moment that there was very little opportunity to get to know the actual people. In Charmed Life, I felt more of a connection and saw a little more thought behind it, but unfortunately one of the few things that really bother me in books are when people won't stand up for themselves, and that is exactly what Cat was like. The Lives of Christopher Chant and Witch Week were both told much closer to the main characters, and with the matter-of-fact honesty and faintly skewed logic that only children have. Diana Wynne Jones has a suprising grasp of that concept, and I would know, because I'm 14 myself. In short, and taking all four books together, they are funny, charming, thought-provoking, and always very, very much worth reading.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not really Chrestomanci at all...
    These two stories deal with other people and other worlds than the Chrestomancis we encountered in Volume 1. In both cases Chrestomanci steps into the story just at a crucial point when something or someone needs saving. In "The Magicians of Caprona" his input is so weak that his role could probably have been excised entire; in "Witch Week," his role is somewhat more significant, since they need someone from outside their world to figure out just what is going wrong.

    However, both stories are quite entertaining on their own (although "The Magicians of Caprona" jarred me somewhat; perhaps because it takes place in Italy between two feuding families, and I'm more familiar with the idea of England being some kind of hub for magic).

    4-0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but...
    Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite authors but I don't uniformly love everything she's written. I liked these two stories, but didn't love them. To me, that puts them at four stars.

    There's a lot of fun stuff going on here. Magicians of Caprona has dueling Italian families, recalling Romeo and Juliet but with a much happier ending. It also has smart, capable kids and clever cats. Witch Week also features smart, capable kids plus nasty, real-life mean ones, too.

    What I enjoy about DWJ's books (as opposed to the Harry Potter books, though I do enjoy those too) is that the kids are complex and they have good interplay with adults, if the adults deserve it (or at least appear to.)

    Overall, though, these two stories were pretty light. I enjoyed them while I read them, but the characters and situations didn't stick around with me for very long, as opposed to the stories from Chrestomanci, volume one. Also, Chrestomanci hardly appeared at all! When he did he stole the scenes, but I like him more central to the story as he was in the earlier books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More Magic!
    The first Volume of the "Chronicles of Chrestomanci" was wonderful. The second Volume is just as good!

    Again, I am convinced that Diana Wynne-Jones is a much better author than J.K. Rowling, and that her books are much more original, interesting, and well-thought out. I mean, Mrs. Wynne-Jones created not just a whole new world...but Twelve of them! Chrestomanci is such a wonderful character. He's wise, but he doesn't come off as some sort of sage. I love his vague attitude and his humor...I enjoyed Chrestomanci much more than Rowling's Dumbledore.

    Of course, it's hard not to compare these books to the Harry Potter series. I only wish that Chrestomanci could enjoy the same hype.

    The Magicians of Caprona was my favorite, but both stories are wonderful.

    Please, if you love HP, fantasy, or just plain wonderful storytelling, please pick up these stories by Diana Wynne Jones. They are amazing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
    My favorite book in the whole world is Charmed Life. After discovering that book I read the rest of the series. Even though the books later in the series couldn't beat the first, they sure beat any other books that I have read in my entire life (and I've read a lot of books). If you read this review, I sure hope that you read this book, no matter how old or young you are, these books are good for all ages. ... Read more


    20. A Sudden Wild Magic
    by Dianna Wynne Jones, Diana Wynne Jones
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    Asin: 0575601973
    Catlog: Book (1997-07-24)
    Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 658209
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    For aeons the mages of Arth, a neighbouring universe, have been looting Earth of ideas, innovations and technologies, all the while manipulating events and creating devastating catastrophes for their own edification.Now this brazen piracy is threatening Earth with total extinction.It is up to the Ring, a secret society of witches and warlocks dedicated to the continuance and well-being of mankind, to fight the virtuous, unbendingly traditional stronghold of Arth with an arsenal of psychological sabotage, internal dissension -- and kamikaze sex . . . ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Intercontinual Intrusion
    A Sudden Wild Magic is an independent fantasy novel. In a universe like ours, but in which magic is potent, the Ring oversees the mages and witches of Great Britain. The head of the Inner Ring begins to suspect covert external influence in recent history. He tests his suspicions with great care to avoid detection and then takes his evidence to another member of the Inner Ring for advice.

    In this novel, Mark Lister travels to Hereford to consult with Gladys, the old women in the Inner Ring. After a bit of confusion over his purpose, they visit a dreadfully injured young women in the local hospital and hear an incoherent story. The evidence brought by Mark and the young woman's story lead them to believe that the external influence is coming from another universe. After dreaming of the intruders, Mark and Gladys gather Amanda and Maureen, the other two members of the Inner Ring, and determine a plan to invade the hostile base and eliminate the interference.

    Zillah is Amanda's sister. Some time before, she had an affair with Mark and had a young son, Marcus, by him, but now the two are estranged. However, Zillah still loves Mark and decides to stow away on the assault vehicle to separate Marcus and herself from Mark. She soon finds herself in an unexpectedly strange environment.

    The High Head of All Horns and King's Vicar on Arth is the head honcho of the observation base watching our universe. The Arth garrison is out of favor back in the Pentarchy. When the High Head inspects the latest batch of servicemen, he finds them to be a lot of odds and sods, with only the spoiled son of the Pentarch of Frinjen, a throwback of a gualdian, and a knock-kneed centaur standing out in the rabble.

    When the converted bus used as an intercontinual assault vehicle arrives in the target universe, many of the inhabitants have been unexpectedly killed, leaving six women and Marcus, and their weapons have been short-circuited and made useless. They are rescued by the Arth garrison, who don't really know what to do with them. Despite their disastrous start, the remaining commandos decide to carry on and soon begin to disrupt the routine of the male garrison. Zillah inadvertently gets Tod, the Pentarch's son, banished to Earth and she is forced to flee from capture with Philo the gualdian and Josh the Centaur. Then strange things begin to happen to the Arth fortress itself.

    This story describes the defense of our universe against a subtle and powerful interference from the outside The lady commandos strike back directly against Arth, the forward base, and Gladys finds another way to influence the outsiders. Meanwhile, infiltrators from Arth are trying to pierce the veil of secrecy placed around the Ring's operations.

    Highly recommended for Jones fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of daring and magic with more than a touch of intrigue.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge a Book. . .
    I love Diana Wynne Jones' work, but I actually avoided reading this book for YEARS because of the cover. The pastel color scheme and curly pink title script just seemed to repel my hand every time I encountered it on the shelf. I finally got around to reading it, though, and I loved it. It is set in the same universe as *Deep Secret* but I'm pretty sure it was written before that book, so the universe is not as well-articulated. I would have liked to know more about some of the characters, but otherwise it was a rollicking good read. It follows, among other things, a handful of witches out to sabotage a pocket universe full of celibate men (hilarity ensues), in order to save the earth from global warming (among other things).

    If you already like D.W. Jones' books, don't miss this one. If you've never read any of her books, you might do better to start with *Deep Secret* or the Chrestomanci books. And if you pick up a copy with the pink title and pale aqua-colored book jacket, don't be misled-- it's still a good book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not her best fare
    Definitely not her best work but an easy read. I wish she'd get back to her chrestomanci/fire & hemlock books, don't you?

    5-0 out of 5 stars diana wynne jones rocks
    ok, maybe not 'rocks' but writes incredibly good novels. maybe not so good short stories, but when there is the time to fully develop a concept and then provide the most impossible yet believable answer to it, Jones rocks. she fully engages you with her universes and the people who run it, and this book will leave you crying to know what happens after the crisis has been resolved. her descriptions of how magic can be harnessed are so visual and tangible, and she also brings out the humour in high tension situations superbly. do read it, soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No Title
    Read this book. It's great. A little long, and not for readers who enjoy low grade, easy to read vocabulary. Lots of fun. Her second best book. Her best is Deep Secret. ... Read more


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