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My Life on a Plate
My Life on a Plate
by India Knight
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.35
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this it?, June 5 2002
This review is from: My Life on a Plate (Paperback)
Clara Hutt steps back from her life and asks herself - Is this it? A distant husband, two children, a wacky family. Is this all that she's got to look forward to - more of the same?
This is an hilarious book, full of weird and wonderful characters, some absolutely terrific scenes which you will find repeating to anyone who will listen, the interview scene and the morning where Clara wakes up and she's suddenly fat!
Wonderful read with a satisfying conclusion - it's a keeper!

by Sarah Dessen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The lure of the bad boy, June 5 2002
This review is from: Dreamland (Mass Market Paperback)
Let's face it - at one time or another we seem to fall for a bad boy. One who is gorgeous but looks like trouble. This is a story of a girl who feels so much pressure on herself to be good, that she is inevitably drawn to a boy who is bad.
But how bad is he? And why is he bad?
Sarah Dessen has drawn two wonderful characters in this book, Caitlin and Rogerson. They are not one dimensional figures, but have personalities that leap off the page. We discover how victims become bullies and how love hurts. This is a truly remarkable book, one that really sticks in your mind long after you've put it down.

That Summer
That Summer
by Sarah Dessen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A summer of growing up, June 5 2002
15 year old Haven's world is changing, beyond her control. Not only is she worried about her gangly height, her sister is getting married to a bore, as is her father.
Over the summer Haven meets up with her sister's first boyfriend, and all the memories of that relationship and how she felt about her life then when things were so much easier come flooding back.
This is a heart warming story of a young woman growing up and seeing the world as it really is, instead of in an idealistic way.

Trials Of Tiffany Trott
Trials Of Tiffany Trott
by Isabel Wolff
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars hard to keep up with, Nov. 12 2001
Tiffany Trott is celebrating her birthday and possibly an engagement, or so she thinks, until her boyfriend dumps her.
From here on in, Tiffany is on a mission - to find Mr Right before she becomes wrinkly and decrepid. There are blind dates, personal ads, old school friends, singles dinners, agencies and holidays to be tried and tested to sniff out the right bloke.
Although this story does have some quite funny scenes, it was not terribly interesting for me. Every time I picked the book back up, I had to try and figure which man she was talking about. Unfortunately it was a case of too many men with forgettable inadequacies.
I also tired of the naive nature of the main character, Tiffany. I had had enough of the "Actually I didn't say that, I really said..." scenario. I did finish the book, but I don't feel compelled to try more from this author.

Anita and Me
Anita and Me
by Meera Syal
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!, Nov. 11 2001
This review is from: Anita and Me (Paperback)
This book did what all good books do - it dragged me into the world of the characters. Meena is the 9 year old daughter of Indian immigrants, living in a small town called Tollington.
Through her eyes we see her world, her impatience to grow up, her wish to fit in with the local people, her naughty streak and her desire to befriend the bad girl of the area, Anita.
It's a tough time for Meena growing up in this town. She sounds like a local, yet doesn't look like them. She is accepted as one of 'them', yet when another Indian is beaten and ends up in hospital, openly jeered and ridiculed by her friends, she finds herself stuck with the knowledge that she is stuck with a foot in both worlds.
Her Namina (grandma) comes to stay and during this time Meena discovers and learns more about her family and history and slowly embraces the old customs and language.
It is an adventurous year for Meena, as she begins to see that people around her are not always what they appear to be.
Meera Syal has done a superb job in capturing the small world of a child. There are laughs, frowns and sighs to be had, whilst reading this wonderful tale of Meera. Can't wait to read more from this author.

Pobby and Dingan
Pobby and Dingan
by Ben Rice
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars a little gem, Oct. 9 2001
This review is from: Pobby and Dingan (Hardcover)
Ashmol Williamson lives with his family in the harsh climate of Lightning Ridge, Queensland, the capital of opal mining in Australia. He is a bit of a loner as would his sister, Kellyanne be, if she didn't have Pobby and Dingan. They're her imaginary friends. It is quite normal for the town to include Kellyanne's friends in conversations, infact Dingan even came third in a competition! Kellyanne is often seen with three lollipops, holding hands with her two imaginary friends.
Then one day they go missing. Kellyanne is distraught. Before her family's eyes she begins to fade away, unable to eat.
Ashmol figures that he needs to do something to help Kellyanne and organises a search party to try to save Kellyanne from disappearing before their eyes.
This is an absolutely beautiful story, funny, heartbreaking, small in size but perfectly written. This book can't fail to move you in some way.

by Sharon Creech
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life at a boarding school, Sept. 25 2001
This review is from: Bloomability (Paperback)
Domenica is 13 years old and is suddenly kidnapped by her aunt and uncle and taken to Lugano, Switzerland. Here Domenica meets many other people from all around the world, sullen Lila, enthusiastic Guthrie.
The setting for this boarding school sounded beautiful, with mountains and hills surrounding them, with other countries easily within reach for weekend trips.
Despite Domenica's initial wariness concerning being so far away from home, she is soon enjoying her life and when the end of the school year comes, finds that she has made many lifetime friends and is sad to leave them behind.

Keeping the Moon
Keeping the Moon
by Sarah Dessen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars welcome to the world, Colie, Sept. 25 2001
15 year old Colie is not looking forward to staying with her aunt while her mother takes her fitness program and enthusiasm to Europe.
Colie and her mother were overweight, and while they both lost the weight, Colie never gained the self confidence that her mother did. She still sees herself in a negative light and has built up walls of defences, both physically (dyed black hair and a lip ring) and emotionally.
It is a summer unlike any other for Colie. Here in this town they don't know that she was overweight, they don't know that she hasn't many friends, and without this baggage she begins to see herself in a different light, reflected in the people around her.
Sure there are hiccups along the way, but ultimately Colie begins to see that she is a worthwhile and normal person, she learns to see people as who they are, not what they are.
Sarah Dessen has done a good job of capturing the angst of a teenager who doesn't know her place in the scheme of things and learns to accept and even like herself, without getting too mushy. Am looking forward to reading more from this author.

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.75
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic, Sept. 25 2001
This review is from: I Capture the Castle (Paperback)
Cassandra Mortmain is 17 years old and lives with her family in a damp old crumbling castle in England. She wants to be a writer, like her father. Long ago her father wrote a best seller and since then has had writers block, which has left the family in financial ruin.
Her older sister, Rose, may be the one to save the family, if she can marry well. And she hopes to marry very well, and soon! If only there were any available men!
The Cotton brothers arrive from the US to the adjacent property and there is excitement in the air. Could this be the answer to their dreams?
This is a simply wonderful book, set in the 1930's but is written so beautifully that it is not dated at all. There is a great many things to like about this book, the setting, the characters, if it could be captured right, it would make a brilliant movie.

Angus Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging
Angus Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging
by Louise Rennison
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars more, more!, Sept. 25 2001
Gee, this book really bought back all those day to day dilemnas of being a young teenager! The naiviety when it came to boys, the struggles trying to individualise the school uniform, the feeling that your parents are from another planet....
Georgia Nicholson had me laughing out loud many times during the book. There were so many things that were funny- her cat, her lesson in snogging, her attempt at peroxiding her hair so she could casually flick it out of her eyes, only to have the whole clump fall off in her hand!
The day when her class had an emergency teacher and everytime the teacher turned to write something on the board they would all silently shift their tables back a few inches until they were all cramped up the back of the room bought back so many similar memories for me!
I highly recommended this book to anyone who needs a lift, for anyone who needs to have a bit of a laugh or giggle.

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