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All You Are
ISBN: 9781467744775
Author: Karre, Elizabeth
Publisher: Darby Creek Pub
Published: July 2014
Retail: $7.95    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback

Da'Quan would do anything to be in with "them"—the ones having the best time at lunch, going to the best parties, and getting the hottest girls, like Ashantay. When the mysterious guy gives him the gift of channeling, he begins to work his way into the inner circle. But what if channeling his friends' best traits comes with unpleasant glimpses into their true lives?

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - General (see Also Headings Under Family)
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 570
Series: Gift
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 5.25" W
Bargain Category: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, High School, Middle School, Mystery
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
A mysterious stranger bestows supernatural abilities on conflicted teens, with each gift serving as a catalyst for their particular human drama. Despite some overt messaging, the blend of humor ("I don't do flying--it's just pointless"); wish fulfillment; astute character development; understated social commentary; and a diverse, multifaceted cast gives this new hi/lo series broad appeal and resonance.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 September #4)

A mysterious figure, "some kind of black guy fairy godmother," appears in Da'Quan's dream, offering him an unusual way to break into the popular crowd, in one of four novels launching the Gift series, written at a fourth-grade level. Da'Quan receives the gift of "channeling," enabling him to tune in to another person's essence. As a result, he acquires his friend Daniel's basketball skills, Shaquetta's fashion sense, and Terrell's comic antics. With this supernatural boost, Da'Quan sits at the cool lunch table and lands the girl he's been crushing on, but channeling also gives him negative traits like insecurity, anger, and inappropriate outspokenness. The story's friendships, family dynamics, and high school setting ring true as Da'Quan learns that trying to be his best self is the better play. Simultaneously available: Calling the Shots, Certain Signals, and No Regrets. Ages 11–18. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 September)

Gr 7 Up—In these slim, uneven novels, the main characters choose unusual "gifts" and then learn lessons about love and life as they use their new abilities. In All You Are, Da'Quan is desperate to join the "in" crowd. When a mysterious man in his dreams offers him a psychic talent, Da'Quan eagerly accepts the ability to channel the best and worst qualities of his friends. With Daniel's basketball skills, for example, also comes crippling insecurity. Terrell's ease with girls also brings a reading disability. As he gains these insights and more, Da'Quan must decide whether joining the popular crowd is worth the price. In Certain Signals, the weaker of the two installments, Rashawn accepts the ability to detect sexual attraction. He hopes to use his gift to find a girlfriend. Unfortunately, his ear burns whenever he's around anyone who's experiencing attraction to anyone else in the room, leading to some awkward situations. The novels have a breezy, enjoyable writing style and sympathetic characters, both African American teen boys. However, the stories aren't as compelling or plot driven as they could be—though "Will I ever find a girlfriend?" is no doubt a central question for many teens, the stakes don't seem that high. Purchase for collections that need more high-interest, lower-reading level titles with diverse characters, but fans of the "Bluford High" series (Scholastic) may be disappointed by the lack of drama.—Miranda Doyle, Lake Oswego School District, OR

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