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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks
ISBN: 9780142415276
Author: Myracle, Lauren
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: May 2010
Retail: $8.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: Carly's summer volunteer experience makes her feel more real than her life of privilege in Atlanta ever did, but her younger sister starts high school pretending to be what she is not, and both find their relationships suffering.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sisters; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Individuality; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010012130
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings
Target Age Group: Age 15-18
Target Grade: Grade 10-12
Grade level: Grade 10-12
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Social Issues, Middle School, High School, Growing Up, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 129944
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q46735
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 18.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Lauren Myracle is theauthor of many popular books for teens and tweens,including New York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn(Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins,Colorado.Lauren Myracle is theauthor of many popular books for teens and tweens,includingNew York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn(Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins,Colorado.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
Sophomore Carly is determined to hold onto "realness"--a challenge in her wealthy Atlanta suburb. She's eager to show her little sister the ropes, but Anna, with her new "Hooters-esque boobs," gets plenty of attention on her own. With humor and empathy, Myracle explores the hazardous trails of evolving friendships and devastating crushes--and the elastic bonds of sisterhood that outlast them all. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #4)
After a rugged summer of trail-clearing in the Tennessee mountains, high school sophomore Carly is determined to hold onto "realness" -- a considerable challenge in the pink-manicured, privileged world of her wealthy Atlanta suburb. Wearing flowing skirts and "Jesus sandals" amid the J.Crew clones at Holy Redeemer High School, Carly constantly challenges the status quo, provoking her parents and classmates alike on issues of race, class, and religion. She is eager to show her little sister Anna the ropes at high school, but Anna, with her new "Hooters-esque boobs," gets plenty of attention on her own, changing the dynamics of the sisters' relationship in uncomfortable ways. Things look up when the gorgeous new boy, Cole, seems to appreciate Carly's differences, even sharing her love of "peace and love" sixties music. But, like her friendship with sweet, reliable Roger and her simmering jealousy of Anna, everything is complicated in high school. It all comes to a head when the girls' parents leave town and a small gathering turns (predictably) into an out-of-control party involving wine coolers, live baby ducks, and the ultimate betrayal of sisterhood. With humor and empathy, Myracle explores the hazardous trails of evolving friendships, unfair teachers, and devastating crushes -- and the elastic bonds of sisterhood that outlast them all. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 March #5)

An honest narrator grounds this sweet story about two sisters learning to accept their differences—and help each other grow up. The sisters, who live in an exclusive Atlanta neighborhood, both attend "the most prestigious prep school in the South," but while narrator Carly thrives on being an individual, Anna's pretty face and developing body earn her a different kind of attention. Carly stands up for her softer sister often (telling their mom to stop treating curvy Anna like she is fat, for example). She realizes, though, that she is jealous of Anna's looks even though "I'm her big sister, who should be above such things." As the sisters get different friends and interests, Carly spends less time with Anna, and they find themselves saying mean things and betraying each other (Anna even hooks up with Carly's crush). The conclusion gets emotionally overwrought with a teary scene in which the sisters turn into "a puddle of ridiculous-ness," but mostly readers will find both the characters and their problems genuine. Ages 12–up. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 August)

Gr 8–10—This paean to sisters is flat-out wonderful, full of emotion and bittersweet teenage confusion. It tackles faith, racism, sexism, and the tug-of-war close siblings can engage in while establishing their identity. Free-spirited sophomore Carly reacts against the consumerism of the girls' upscale Atlanta neighborhood while she enjoys what it has to offer. Freshman Anna relies on Carly at their prestigious private school, Holy Redeemer. She has developed large breasts that grant her unwanted attention. Carly helps her sister to face down a bullying coach, and the girls support each other against their ber-critical father. Everyone but Carly can see that dependable Roger could be her "love boodle," but she has a crush on Cole, who has "soulful eyes." A sleepover when the girls' parents are away develops into an out-of-control party, and the sisters' trust in one another frays when Carla finds Anna with Cole. Ultimately, however, their bond strengthens. Language is realistic with some swearing. These are girls with hot tempers, bruised egos, and great love for one another. Readers will love them, too.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

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