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The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

bookbugbabe, May 11, 2008

Syrie James's clever novel leaves the reader wondering - is this really Jane Austen's lost memoir? The poetic prose precisely matches Jane Austen's own style, and those who are familiar with Austen's work will love the allusions to her many novels. Through the memoir, readers can see how Jane's feisty spirit is reflected in the inspiring heroines she created. While reading her "memoir", the reader longs for Jane to experience the same feelings of love as her many heroines do in her novels - but knowing how her life really transpires, one reads on with pointless hope - but with hope nonetheless. Syrie James has written a wonderful homage to a truly remarkable writer.
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The Canning Season by Polly Horvath
The Canning Season

bookbugbabe, March 20, 2008

Switching from at times side-splittingly funny and heart-warmingly poignant, The Canning Season is an entertaining read for all middle school students (and adults!). The old ladies are charming and Ratchet quickly becomes a part of the reader. A moving tale of the gift of welcoming in those that show up at our doorstep and the power that comes in being who you are, no matter how quirky your personality or what physical abnormalities you may have.
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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

bookbugbabe, March 15, 2008

Schmidt writes a moving story of two best friends sticking together despite the supposed inappropriateness of their friendship. Schmidt has a power with words to create emotionally charged descriptions of Maine. The story tells of a young boy, Turner Buckminster, who finds himself an outsider in a new town. The town expects him to behave just like a minister's son, but Turner daily finds himself in new situations unbefitting a minister's son. Schmidt leaves the reader wanting more with each turn of the page and always provides a thrilling, hilarious, or touching moment. Particularly those between Turner and his best friend, Lizzie Griffin, who lives on the nearby Malaga Island, an island founded by freed slaves. This book is perfect for those young adults looking for a character who stands up for what is right, even when those who are wrong include his own father.
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Novio Boy: A Play by Gary Soto

bookbugbabe, February 19, 2008

As spring approaches, new love is starting to fill the air and romance is on many young peoples' minds. Novio Boy: A Play is a lighthearted look at young love. Daring Rudy serves Patricia an extra heaping of chili beans in the school cafeteria, despite the fact she's two years his senior. Much to Rudy's surprise, Patricia says yes when he asks her on a date. The play follows Rudy's friends and family preparing him for his first steps into romance, while El Gato and Mama Rosa squabble about the best way to discover if your love is true. Rudy's not alone in receiving advice; Patricia has her own run-ins with well (and not so well) intentioned guidance from those around her. While Novio Boy is at times superficial, the artful combination of Spanish and English and the integration of Mexican-American culture make this a worthwhile play for young adults.
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