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Reviews by Alice J.

Titles are listed alphabetically by the author's last name. You can click the title of each book to check its availability in the WPL catalog.

Book Cover Dream Factory
Brad Barkley

When Disney World workers go on strike, dozens of teens are hired temporarily. Some are working at the happiest place on earth before they go off to college while others are contemplating their future or hiding from future plans. Ella and Luke alternate telling how they feel about their jobs, their friends and their lives. For ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Barkley
Review Date: 12/23/07


Book Cover The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah
Nora Raleigh Baskin

Raised without any religion by a Jewish mother and a Christian father, Caroline is confused about her religious identity. When her Jewish grandmother dies, Caroline wants to know more about her background. At the same time, her best friend is preparing for her Bat Mitzvah and Caroline thinks she should have one also. Questions about what it means to be Jewish or look Jewish keep Caroline thinking. For ages 10 and Up.

WPL Call Number: Y Baskin
Review Date: 9/23/08


Book Cover Close to Famous
Joan Bauer

Foster McFee and her mother drive quickly out of Memphis and end up in a small town in West Virginia. Foster is used to starting at new schools and making friends. She cannot read but she bakes amazing desserts and has dreams of becoming a famous television baker. She memorizes recipes and impresses everyone with her baking skills. Now she has a unique opportunity to earn some money with her baked goods and learn to read before starting at her new school. How the townspeople come together and help Foster makes a great story. For ages 10 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Bauer
Review Date: 4/25/11


Book Cover Getting to First Base with Danalda Chase
Matt Beam

Baseball fanatic Darcy Spillman knows everything about baseball but nothing about junior high girls. With help from his friends, he tries to apply baseball rules to his relationship with the cutest girl in seventh grade. Taking advice from his senile grandfather and his best friends helps Darcy realize that sometimes you have to trust your own gut instincts. A realistic story for ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Beam
Review Date: 9/11/07


Book Cover Little Blog on the Prairie
Cathleen Davitt Bell

Gen's family is spending eight weeks at a family camp in Wyoming that reenacts life on the prairie in 1890. Not allowed any electronics, comfortable clothes, or modern conveniences, she struggles like the other teens to embrace this lifestyle. Gen does sneak in her new cell phone and secretly texts her best friends about this strange experience. Her friend publishes the blog which gains a huge following. How her family adjusts and adapts to one room living makes for a humorous story. For ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Bell
Review Date: 7/27/10


Book Cover A Heart Divided
Cherie Bennett

By Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottsfeld. After moving to a small Southern town near Nashville, suburban New Jersey teen Kate has trouble adjusting and accepting the Confederate symbols all around her. Although she falls for Jackson Redford III, Kate finds that his family is responsible for most of the town's development. Kate's attempts to write a play about the offensive Confederate flag controversy are unsuccessful until a dangerous demonstration disrupts the whole town. For ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Bennett
Review Date: 8/30/04


Book Cover Audrey, Wait!
Robin Benway

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Audrey finds out that he wrote a song about her. "Audrey, Wait!" becomes a huge hit for his band although it is a huge problem for Audrey. The poor teen can't go anywhere without being stalked by fans and paparazzi. Audrey would rather be a normal teen instead of a popular muse for rock musicians. How Audrey adjusts to life as a pop star is a humorous story for ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Benway
Review Date: 5/29/08


Book Cover Boy2Girl
Terence Blacker

American teen, Sam comes to live with his British cousin when his mother dies in a car accident. Sam is an odd, angry, small, nasty young man who does not fit easily into this proper British family life. His cousin, Matthew and his friends feel that Sam has to pass a test and decide that posing as a girl would prove that Sam is ok. How Sam manages to have a positive effect on the school and classmates makes for a very funny story about gender differences and friendships. For ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Blacker
Review Date: 10/12/05


Book Cover Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset SIsters
Lesley M. M. Blume

Usually left at home with the housekeeper by her concert pianist mother, young Cornelia is very lonely and finds refuge in books. While her mother is always off performing, Cornelia reads dictionaries and finds long words to scare others away. When an exotic old woman moves into the apartment next door, Cornelia befriends her and enjoys the amazing travel stories she shares. These stories help Cornelia make friends and reaffirm her relationship with her distant mother. A realistic friendship story for ages 10 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Blume
Review Date: 3/24/07


Book Cover The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey
Louise Borden

What an adventure the creators of Curious George had! This book tells of their amazing escape from Paris via homemade bicycles, trains and a boat. Taking few possessions, the Reys carefully transported their manuscripts with the stories of the clever little monkey we all know and love. The first of their eight Curious George books was published one year after the Reys arrived in New York City.

WPL Call Number: J813.52 BO
Review Date: 11/1/05


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