Reviews written by Marla Arbach

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May 27, 2007
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5.0
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5.0
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Kids Fiction
Ghost from the past

Katie's dad and stepmom are having a new baby and all of a sudden, Katie doesn't know where she fits in anymore. When the ghostly figure of a girl appears one night at her grandparents' Victorian home in Halifax, Katie's intrigued by her story. As she listens to...

May 27, 2007
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
Fairy tale summer

This peculiar but delightful and sometimes hilarious novel follows eleven-year-old Ingrid Balazs as she travels back to her parents' homeland of Hungary to spend the summer with her mysterious grandmother and face a trial that will prove that she's a worthy heir to the Balazs name and fortune. Quaint,...

May 23, 2007
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Romance and religion

In England in 1662, most respectable people are Anglicans. They show courtesy to their betters and women know their place. But Susanna and her family are Quakers, a most feared, hated and even outlawed group. When young, well-to-do Will Heywood returns from school to be apprenticed into...

May 23, 2007
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Anyone can be a hero

Jori has been bitter and lonely since her family was torn apart by a tragic accident and the disappearance of her younger sister. But when she gets drawn into a wonderful dream world where her family can be whole again, she has to make the difficult choice between going...

May 20, 2007
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4.0
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4.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Look before you leap

Set in modern-day Pakistan, The Shalamar Code follows impulsive fifteen-year-old Mumtaz as she and her friend and ally Rashid take on drug traders and spies to save her family from a dangerous conspiracy. Although the setting is unusual, the characters are entirely believable, and despite an underlying political commentary,...

May 19, 2007
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4.0
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4.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Girl Meets Goy

Rachel Lowenstein is over the moon when she finally gets a cute guy to notice her. There's only one problem: he's Catholic and she's Jewish. Rachel's still figuring out what being Jewish means to her, but one thing is clear: dating Luke Christensen isn't going to...

April 21, 2007
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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0.0
Modern day Scotland meets folk tales

Under a legendary hill in Edinburgh live the MacArthurs, a faery tribe whose peaceful existence is suddenly threatened when an evil magician breaks free of the spell that's been keeping him under control for hundreds of years. Clara and Neil (along with a few adults who still believe in...

April 21, 2007
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Life lessons on the basketball court

Jackson O'Connell is going through life in a bit of a daze since one terrible night that split up his family and cost him his friends and his reputation. Senior year could be the end of him, unless he can find a way to get his confidence back--and with...

December 23, 2006
Overall rating 
 
4.0
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4.0
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0.0
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0.0
Young Adult Fiction
Claire, A Tale of Acadie

Ever since their ancestors settled on the Atlantic coast 150 years ago, the Acadians have been living peacefully on the bountiful land--until the English decide that the neutral farmers and fishermen must swear allegiance to the Crown and take arms against Britain's enemies. 15-year-old Claire doesn't know what to...

December 21, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Brace yourself

Sri Lanka, 1980. Fourteen-year-old Amrith has pushed aside the painful memories of his mother's death and now leads a normal life in his aunt and uncle's household, but his long, lazy summer is thrown into a whirl when a cousin from Canada shows up on his doorstep. The...

December 15, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
It's the thought that counts

Wayne Anderson's fabulously intricate and original illustrations are the highlight of this Christmas tale about a little girl who wants to give a special someone a perfect gift but might not be able to find what she's looking for. While the story's message isn't 100% clear, children will love...

December 12, 2006
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
Imagination station

Children who like books you can play with will have fun inventing things for Santa and his friends to do in this beautifully decorated pop-up house and workshop. Though there's no story to go along with it, imaginative kids should have no problem making up their own scenarios for...

December 12, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
With a little help from your friends...

Poor Tim is desperate to learn how to skate but he just can't do it...until one unforgettable night he makes friends with the snow bears! This believable lesson in perseverance and self-confidence is made special by the beautiful embossed illustrations. Children will love how the textures...

December 06, 2006
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Colorful Christmas Fun

Bright colours will attract kids' eyes and simple rhymes will draw them into a world of Christmas fun. Fans of the Snappy series will enjoy this volume's ten pop-ups, particularly the moving ones, and despite the lack of storyline, young children will be entertained by the illustrations.

October 28, 2006
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4.0
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4.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Ten stories about one day

I'm always wary of books or films with multiple, interconnected stories; the tales could turn out boring in themselves and the different threads might not be connected enough to keep anyone's interest. Fortunately, such is not the case with Laurie Faria Stolarz's Bleed. The ten stories all focus...

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