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Grade 9 Up–Jasmine Callihan, her father, and stepmother are vacationing in Las Vegas at the posh Venetian Hotel. All the 17-year-old really wants to do is sunbathe by the pool, write in her journal, and attempt to be a Model Hallmark Card daughter, all the while avoiding her perfect cousin Alyson and her Evil Hench Twin, Veronique. Her plans go awry, however, when a small boy and his cat make Jas a central character in a murder investigation. Soon Jass best friends come from LA to join her adventure and all attempt to solve the murder of Len Phillips, business manager of world-famous photographer Red Early. Teens will enjoy Jas and her friends hilarious dialogue and will be entertained by Jaffes inclusion of footnotes to the plot twists on each page. While the story is somewhat convoluted and often defies credulity, the book does offer some fascinating characters and plenty of amusement for fans of this genre.–Kathryn Childs, Morris Mid/High School, OK
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This catalog of the first exhibition devoted to painter Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818) includes 175 color and 50 black-and-white reproductions as well as essays by scholars concerning various aspects of her work. As one of the three women artists admitted to the French Academy in the 18th century, Vallayer-Coster was best known for her still-life and flower paintings. A number of these works were engraved, and others formed the basis for floral decorations on porcelain and tapestries of the period. As demonstrated by Kahng (curator, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore), Vallayer-Coster's still lifes provoke comparisons with Chardin but maintain a vibrancy and charm of their own. Scholar Colin B. Bailey discusses Vallayer-Coster's popularity among 18th-century collectors, including Marie-Antoinette herself, and an excellent essay by Melissa Hyde chronicles women's involvement in the 18th-century world of art and letters through art making, patronage, and writing. This volume, the only recent title devoted solely to this artist, has lovely illustrations and thorough documentation. Recommended for all academic and museum libraries. [The exhibition will travel from Washington, DC, to Dallas, New York City, and France.-Ed.]-Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., M.
--Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA
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