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review: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

What I Saw and How I Lied Judy Blundell Scholastic/YA, Mystery, Historical Release Date: January 1, 2010 When Evie’s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young […]

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review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up Daniel Handler (novelist) / Maira Kalman (artist) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/YA Release Date: December 27, 2011 I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.  Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing […]

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review: Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Everybody Sees the Ants A.S. King Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/YA Release Date: October 3, 2011 Lucky Linderman didn’t ask for his life. He didn’t ask for his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn’t ask for a father who never got over it. He didn’t ask for a mother who […]

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review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson Penguin/YA Release Date: March 19, 2009 Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and racked with guilt for […]

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review: Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Someone Like You Sarah Dessen Puffin Books/YA Release Date: May 11, 2004 Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she’s carrying his baby, she’s devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. […]

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