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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 The Loser's Guide to Life and Love: A Novel
A. E. Cannon

Ed considers himself to be a boring, short, average guy. At work, he has to wear an old name tag that says Sergio. When a beautiful blonde comes into the video store, Ed takes on the persona of the mysterious Sergio. While his best friend and tomboy, Scout is trying to find the courage to tell Ed that she likes him more than as a friend, Ed's geeky neighbor decides he's in love with Scout. The misunderstandings, coincidences, and friendships between the girls and boys creates a humorous story for ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Cannon
Review Date: 1/15/09


Book Cover The September Sisters
Jillian Cantor

Abby tells about her typical suburban family after her sister has disappeared. While Abby tries to keep the family together, her mother retreats into a dark depression. Neighbors and friends ignore them and Abby is an outcast at school. Fearing for Abby's safety, her father hires their elderly neighbor, Mrs. Ramirez to watch her. Abby does not have a relationship with anyone until the grandson of Mrs. Ramirez comes to town. It's a sad story of how a tragedy destroys a family struggling to survive.

WPL Call Number: Y Cantor
Review Date: 8/6/09


Book Cover The Beginning of After
Jennifer Castle

Laurel's life changes drastically when her parents and brother are killed in a car accident. At school, she feels like she is in a fishbowl and that no one in town will ever treat her the same. She has to figure out how to handle her new life with the support of her best friend and a therapist. Her understanding grandmother allows her to make her own decisions while helping with daily life. Watching how Laurel functions under these extreme circumstances offers an honest portrayal of grief and maturity for ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Castle
Review Date: 3/26/12


Book Cover Is It Night or Day?
Fern Schumer Chapman

This Holocaust book is based on the author's mother's story. It begins in Germany in 1938 when life was becoming more difficult for Jewish families. Young Edith's sister was already living in America and now Edith was being sent to live with an uncle in Chicago. Edith could not understand why her parents couldn't go or why they would send her alone at twelve to an uncle she didn't know. Edith describes the voyage as well as her first days in New York, the train ride to Chicago and meeting her uncle's family. Longing for her parents to join her, Edith waits patiently for letters from home while she studies hard. A heart wrenching tale for ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Chapman
Review Date: 5/15/10


Book Cover Kissing Vanessa
Simon Cheshire

Fifteen year old Kevin Watts falls in love as soon as he sees the new girl in school. He realizes they share an interest in photography so they must be a perfect match. Unfortunately, Kevin has little experience with girls and relies on his best friend Jack's advice. This 'help' gets Kevin into more trouble than he needs and does not attract Vanessa's attention. A funny story from the boy's point of view. For ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Cheshire
Review Date: 4/26/05


Book Cover Oh. My. Gods.
Tera Lynn Childs

Phoebe Castro plans to finish her senior year with good grades and cross-country awards so she can earn a full scholarship to USC. Her life changes drastically when her mother returns from a trip to Greece engaged. Not only will Phoebe have to adapt to a new step-father, but she will have to move halfway around the world to attend his private school on a remote Greek island. While trying to be accepted by her stepsister and the other students, Phoebe discovers that they are all descendents of Greek gods and have special powers. See how Phoebe tries to fit in and accept her position. For ages 12 and up.

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


Book Cover If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
Gennifer Choldenko

Kirsten and Walker alternate chapters in telling about their lives at an elite private school. Overweight Kirsten has no friends and hates her parents' constant fighting. Walker feels he has to prove himself as a minority scholarship student. The two become friends as they learn to cope with others and their families. For ages 10 and up.

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


Book Cover Guardian Angel House
Kathy Clark

This is a fictionalized account of the young lives that were spared by nuns in a convent in Budapest that hid Jewish girls during World War II. More than a hundred girls were saved, including the author's mother and aunt. Protected from the Nazi occupation, the girls were well for by these brave nuns. There are many photographs from the small museum which documents the war years. For ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Clark
Review Date: 6/26/10


Book Cover One Whole and Perfect Day
Judith Clarke

Lily is the dependable one in her family and resents all their odd behaviors. Her small family includes her hard-working mother, her introverted brother, her grandmother who talks to an imaginary friend and her grandfather who threatens to disown her brother with an axe. When her nan plans an 80th birthday party for her grandfather, Lily hopes they can have at least one perfect day. The viewpoints of several characters portray their daily lives in suburban Australia. As the party date approaches, they all come together to satisfy Lily's dream.

WPL Call Number: Y Clarke
Review Date: 10/10/07


Book Cover Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood
Eileen Cook

Three years ago, Lauren Wood humiliated Helen and made Helen's life miserable. Fortunately, Helen's family moved to New York and Helen was able to start fresh at a different high school. Now Helen has the opportunity to come back to Michigan with a plan. She won't be happy until she destroys Lauren Wood. Being satisfied by getting even is the theme of this novel. For ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Cook
Review Date: 6/15/10


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