Reviews written by Marla Arbach

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August 31, 2006
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Band of Brothers

I lay back and looked up at the stars, trying to imagine what could make an Indian hater and an Indian turn away from what they'd been for their whole lives. The answer didn't come. In smalltown Canada in 1952, Indians and whites mostly just tolerate...

August 27, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
The camera doesn't lie

Sixteen-year-old Bernice Dodd is used to being the grown-up in her family. When her irresponsible mother falls off the wagon again, Bernie decides to make a change: she's moving the family to the country, to fix up and live in a run-down bed & breakfast they just inherited....

August 27, 2006
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4.0
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4.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Gone with the Cullens

In the first act of New Moon, Bella celebrates her 18th birthday, an ominous sign that the good old days of Twilight can't last. Exit Edward, curtain up on Act Two, which has none of the sparkle of the preceding chapters--in the text as in Bella's life, the magic...

August 24, 2006
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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0.0
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Unlock the secrets of books

Did you know that the world's first best-selling novel was written by a woman, Lady Murasaki, in medieval Japan? That the printing press with movable type was invented independently on opposite sides of the world by both King Sejong of Korea and Johannes Gutenberg? That in pre-Civil War...

August 17, 2006
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4.0
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4.0
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Candle, Candle Burning Bright

When most people have recurring nightmares, the worst that happens is they lose a few nights' sleep. When Stacey Brown has them, people end up dead! Laurie Faria Stolarz's Blue is for Nightmares tetralogy follows hereditary witch Stacey from junior year in high school to freshman year in...

August 14, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
It's happening so fast

It's scary how quickly kids are growing up these days and how little parents really know their children. In the same vein as Catherine Hardwicke's chilling film Thirteen, Painting Caitlyn tells the story of a good girl gone bad. Feeling neglected and no longer wanted by her parents,...

August 11, 2006
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3.0
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3.0
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Centre of the universe

Chelsea Davison knows how to get what she wants, even from people she can't stand, like Denny, the geek from school who wishes he was her boyfriend. When she loses her car privileges, she quickly enlists him to chauffeur her around from work to volleyball practice and even to...

August 05, 2006
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4.0
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4.0
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Young Adult Fiction
And in that heart, courage to make's love known

Is it a book about coming out? The ambiguous sexual orientation of the cute new guy may make it seem so. Is it a book about the lives of the rich and famous? The setting, an elite private school, may lead us to believe so. Is...

August 05, 2006
Overall rating 
 
4.0
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4.0
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Welcome to the Danger Zone

"She willed herself to move, to push him away and roll over and stagger to her feet. He called her name and reached for her but she was backing away, looking at him as though he was a stranger. She was suddenly terrified of [him], of herself, of...

August 04, 2006
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Beam me up!

Conrad Viscous and Knowlton Cabbage are the biggest sci-fi geeks ever. They even dream of space battles, until the day aliens actually start showing up in real life! The space invaders are after a secret from Conrad's past life that could mean the end of the world as...

July 26, 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
It's not how you look

When sixteen-year-old Steph Landry finds an old book on how to be popular, she knows it's her chance to get back in with the cool crowd and to finally get Mark Finley, the hottest boy in school, to notice her, so she gives her attitude a makeover and starts getting...

July 23, 2006
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
Choose your own path

"I had always believed that there was only one world, the world I had been born into. Now I know that the world we live in is nothing more than a mirror that reflects another world below its silvery surface, a land where time is but a small and...

July 13, 2006
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
Girl's Got Guts

Sydney, Australia, 1900. Feisty fourteen-year-old Christabel McManus is tired of trying to live up to her workaholic widowed father's ideas of how a rich young lady should behave. When a servant's son is kidnapped by his deadbeat dad, Christabel jumps at the chance to add some thrill to...

July 05, 2006
Overall rating 
 
3.0
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3.0
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0.0
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0.0
Young Adult Fiction
Really Mean Girls

Bittersweet Sixteen by Carrie Karasyov & Jill Kargman follows middle-class Laura and her wealthy friends through their sophomore year at an exclusive New York girls' academy as they compete no holds barred to host the best Sweet Sixteen ball and to land a date with the boy who has captured...

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