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The Indigo Notebook [Hardcover]

Laura Resau
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Book Description

Oct. 13 2009 Indigo Notebook (Hardback)
An exciting new series from the acclaimed author of Red Glass.

Zeeta's life with her free-spirited mother, Layla, is anything but normal. Every year Layla picks another country she wants to live in. This summer they’re in Ecuador, and Zeeta is determined to convince her mother to settle down. Zeeta makes friends with vendors at the town market and begs them to think of upstanding, “normal” men to set up with Layla. There, Zeeta meets Wendell. She learns that he was born nearby, but adopted by an American family. His one wish is to find his birth parents, and Zeeta agrees to help him. But when Wendell’s biological father turns out to be involved in something very dangerous, Zeeta wonders whether she’ll ever get the chance to tell her mom how she really feels—or to enjoy her deepening feelings for Wendell.

Praise for Red Glass:
*“A captivating read.”—School Library Journal, Starred

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Starred Review. By turns enrapturing and disquieting, droll and poignant.

Vivid, lurid and amusing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Laura Resau lives with her husband, her dog, and her son in Colorado, where she teaches cultural anthropology and ESL (English as a Second Language). She is also the author of What the Moon Saw and Red Glass.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Jan. 27 2011
At fifteen, Zeeta's life as been anything but ordinary. In those fifteen years, she has lived in fifteen different countries with her flighty single mother, Layla.

To document her many experiences and the interesting people she has met along the way, Zeeta keeps a journal. Each journal is a different color to symbolize the country she was living in at the time.

This year, she's in Ecuador, where she first meets Wendell, an American boy in search of the birth family he's never known. When she promises to aid him on his quest, she isn't fully aware of what she is agreeing to. Together, they will depart on a journey full of magic and self-discovery as they begin to fall for one another, leading them to realizations that will change their lives forever.

Laura Resau presents her readers with a unique plot and a memorable cast of characters, creating an unforgettable read. Zeeta is a strong, independent protagonist who many girls will aspire to be like, and with good reason.

Infused with the local language as well as Ecuador's rich culture, THE INDIGO NOTEBOOK is a treasure in its own right.

Reviewed by: Monica Sheffo
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't always get what you want... Oct. 21 2009
By S. Jones - Published on
To quote from one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs--..."You can't always get what you want; But if you try sometimes you might find...You get what you need."
Another well-known line captures another nuance--be careful what you wish for. These phrases encapsulate what's at the heart of one of the primary plot conflicts in "The Indigo Notebook." Zeeta is a girl who's been dragged all over the world by her flighty, hippie-like mother, Layla. If you're a person who values a traditional mother then the character of Layla may make you angry for her irresponsibility in thinking through what she exposes herself and her daughter to as well as her mystical poetry-spouting abilities that appear to be of somewhat marginal value to her long-suffering child. Layla is much more than a stereotype though. She is a woman with the courage to live out her convictions and to experience her life as a complex set of metaphysical--and physical--adventures. She doesn't take an easy route through her life and she does have some real flaws--one of them being that she is thoughtless about the effects her choices have on her daughter Zeeta. Zeeta craves her vision of normality. She has experienced this normality for short periods of time when she and her mother have visited her grandparents. She would like to put down roots and dreams about her mother getting involved with a regular guy who will instill a sense of security into their haphazard, moneyless existence. Zeeta gets her wish when her mother has a close brush with death. Her mother gets involved with a corporate type man that they met on the plane to Ecuador and he sets about organizing Layla and Zeeta's worlds. Zeeta finds that she has begun to miss the vitality and spontaneity of her mother's character. And then there's her complicated relationship with Wendell, a boy who is searching for his birth parents. He has his own life disenchantments to deal with.
As always, Laura Resau has an exquisite ear for dialogue and an inner eye that makes it possible for her readers to experience all of the sights and smells of the country that her characters inhabit.
I love all of Laura's books because after I finish one, I feel as though I've taken a bath in another culture and that I understand more than I did before.
I highly recommend this book to adult and teen readers who want to understand more about the world--and about themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Teens Jan. 7 2010
By Mom of 3 Boys - Published on
I got this book for my boys since it is within both of their AR reading ranges for school. I pre-read it to make sure it is appropriate for them since they are only 8 and 10 and their reading range is a quite a bit higher. This book was hard for me to put down as it was very interesting but it was not appropriate for young children. There is some inappropriate language and some content better suited for teenagers (the girl in the story spends a lot of the story reflecting on boyfriend/girlfriend relationships and there are some scary parts).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful story, soulfully written Jan. 26 2010
By Victoria Hanley - Published on
When it comes to creating a sense of place, Laura Resau is gifted beyond any writer I've read. This time, we get to travel to Ecuador with her characters, and explore what it means to get fixated on wanting things to go one way, only to learn that life is much bigger, messier, and more challenging than any particular idea of how things should be. We also experience how love shows itself unexpectedly in different faces, and we see love's transcendant powers. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for kids or adults Aug. 14 2010
By Baby Cat - Published on
This book is a great read for adults or kids. The writing is fun, easy to read, and artful, and the heart of the issues that the book considers: identity, relationship with our parents, culture, are issues that matter to both adults and young adult readers. What caught me by surprise was how often this book surprised me--not only does it consider human relationships between real characters, but the plot also keeps you guessing and turning the pages. A treat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ordering my Passport Right Now Nov. 19 2009
By S. Ryan - Published on
When I finished this book, I got out my map to see where Zeeta and Layla had been, and where they should go next. This book made me want to travel--not that it made travel look easy and relaxing--far from it--but Zeeta and Layla's globetrotting adventures show us how much adventure is waiting out there for anyone who's brave enough to go after it. Zeeta is funny, smart, adaptable, and tough. I'll follow her anywhere.
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