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The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz
The Daring Book for Girls

Katherine Stuart, December 22, 2009

This is an excellent book filled with all sorts of things that will appeal to all sorts of girls. There are biographies of famous women, the rules to different sports, how-tos for crafts, letter writing, foreign language lessons, etc. etc. It's fun and informative.

It is however a little lite. Most of the instructions are extrememly basic and if a girl actually wanted to do the described activity she'd probably need to do further reseaerch.

It's also very back to basics, eschewing all electronic technology which is a definite weakness, but it's still a remarkable book encouraging girls to try new things and to break out of their comfort zones.
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New Moon (Twilight Saga #2) by Stephenie Meyer
 New Moon (Twilight Saga #2)

Katherine Stuart, December 8, 2009

What would you do if you loved a girl more than life itself, but you know and events conspire to convince you that she will die if you continue to stay near her? You leave.

And Meyer explores the downward spirla Bella goes through wehn Edward leaves. As a romance novelist Meyer excels almost beyond belief. The prose still lacks in smoothness. The introduction of Jacob as a serious suitor provides a definite level of inevitable heartbreak, but he never seems a serious contender which makes him seem rather pathetic.

Jacob is left at loose ends which bothers me, but of course Bella and Edward end up back together ready for the next stage in their movement toward happily ever after and as I said, Meyer is the master of the romance novel.
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Twilight (Twilight Saga #1) by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight (Twilight Saga #1)

Katherine Stuart, October 8, 2009

I read it so fast and then the next two and now I've read the first three twice just like that without hardly coming up for air.

Yes, it has problems. The prose can be noticeably rough, and there's one glaring gap in the logic, plus some of the explanations of things leave something to be desired. But none of this changes the fact that Meyer can definitely tell a story. It's sharp; the characters are captivating and complex; the action is gripping and this first novel of the set does a brilliant job of pulling the reader in, making us want to know what happens next.
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Stardust (P.S.) by Neil Gaiman
Stardust (P.S.)

Katherine Stuart, September 20, 2009

I came to reading the book having already seen the fantastic movie and the book and movie start out pretty much identically so I was rather astounded by how much the stories diverge in the middle and not just in detail but in significant plot points and themes. I found myself truly delighted by these differences. That a story can have two such spellbinding versions written by the same author is so cool.

The book is not quite as spectacular as the movie and Yvaine's fate is sadder, but it is certainly no less sweet or endearing.
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Jingo (Discworld Novels) by Terry Pratchett
Jingo (Discworld Novels)

Katherine Stuart, September 20, 2009

Jingo is about the political machinations that start wars over silly, petty things and the uneducated prejudices that feed war mongery. In the sea an island rises up between Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali and both countries want to claim it as their own. The assassination of an Al-Khali political leader on Ankh-Morpork soil sends both countries into a frenzy of war preparation. As it turns out the police chiefs of both countries undertake to prevent war by investigating the assassination as a criminal act.

Jingo is told with Pratchett's usual masterful skill with satire and comedy and the always underlying implication that the world is far too amusing to consider taking it seriously.
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