By: Ally Carter
Gallagher Girls Bk 3
Cammie Morgan’s holiday has just gotten fun, or so she thinks when she gets to join her friend Macey McHenry on her dad’s campaign trail. Fun takes on another meaning when she has to draw on all her skills to prevent her friend from being kidnapped off the roof of a building. Of course Cammie and Macey attend Gallagher Academy where they have learnt rather more interesting skills than those taught in an average high school.
This is just the start of the toughest period of Cammie’s young life because even though Secret Services have become more involved in Macey’s personal security, even when back at school, Cammie, Bex and Liz really can’t leave their friend out there essentially alone. The girls are determined to help keep her safe even if it means going against Cammie’s mother’s instructions. The more they uncover though the more surprising the truth appears to be.
This is a great addition to the series. This has a greater focus on friendship and it is wonderful to read the different character arcs particularly in this case, Macey’s. It is cool to delve into the different spy skills and how they can be utilised. These girls consider themselves family and this is how they treat the situation. When they try to do the right thing and get ignored they don’t give up, they do what they are trained to do. Smart, sassy, determined and more than a little stubborn these girls are not only entertaining they give examples of how girls are just as capable of achieving anything. They are also not invincible or infallible. Cammie’s weakness is her uncertainty of dealing with Zach, and this can unsteady her at the most inopportune tines, but when it comes down to it she will do what ever she has to to keep her friend safe.
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Published: 18 May 2010
Format: Paperback 263 pages
Categories: Family, Friends, Spy Stories
ISBN 13: 9781423116608
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I received my copy from the publisher.By: Rae Earl
Hattie Moore is 13 almost 14. She doesn’t get along with her mum, her step dad is okay but he’s not her real dad, her brother is a pain in her butt and her Gran is always doing totally embarrassing things. As if that wasn’t enough, Hattie has no idea who her real dad is and she is determined to find him this year. That’s not her only goal for the year, she also is desperate to become a Hotness Goddess because she needs to get one up on her mortal enemy, known only as Miss Gorgeous Knickers. The guy at the coffee shop is really hot and Hattie sets her eyes on him. It is a good thing she has friends Weirdo Jen and Dimple to help or this could be a really bad year. With goals like that what could possible go wrong?
This book is pure silliness. Hattie is kind of like the train wreck you can’t turn away from. She is selfish and shallow and those traits don’t really endear her, you hope for her to grow as the story progresses but she really doesn’t. Her friends Dimple and Weirdo Jen have more depth, are far more interesting. Gran is light relief in a book that is all pretty light and the boy next door subplot is incredibly obvious. The mother/daughter relationship is also fairly two dimensional, and as such very unsatisfying, though that may be due to the fact the book is written in diary style, so it is very subjective.
I get girls of this age are interested in relationships but Hattie’s obsession with being ‘hot’ and ‘hot’ boys is only made worse by her lamenting that her life is so tragic because she (at 13) has not ‘snogged a man or felt man-bum’. This could be the story of any popular/ish teenage girl and if that is the sort of thing you like then this is definitely the book for you and I’m sure you will love it.
I think it’s probably suited it to younger YA readers.
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Published: 07 February 2013
Format: Paperback 272 pages
Categories: Romance, Friendship, Family
ISBN 13: 9781406340013
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By: Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Oliver is Prince Charming. He knows the moves he has to make, he knows he will end up with the princess, he knows he has the fairy tale ‘Happily Ever After’. The problem for Oliver is that he is sick of playing a role, he really feels that there must be more for him than the part he is forced to play, again and again.
Delilah loves books, school not so much but books definitely. In fact she is rather obsessed with one book in particular, she has read it and re-read it so many times she knows it off by heart. The problem is it is a fairy tale for children. Then one day she notices something different and finds out there is so much more going on in the book than she could ever have guessed. The Prince and the Loner are desperate to meet for real but how is this even possible when they come from such vastly different worlds.
For what this book is it is an appealing read. It is a twist on a fairytale complete with it’s own happily ever after. Delilah is a young teenager who is not popular and somehow manages to do things that only make her more unpopular. She lives with her mother and her dad is out of the picture, she has a best friend whom she isolates herself from as she becomes more and more obsessed with the book. Oliver is a prince who just wants to be a boy and experience life.
This is very different to Jodi Picoult’s other work which often deals with much deeper subjects. I think if you are an adult reading this you may be in for quite a surprise as it is very definitely a young adult title. The story itself is broken into three parts; the fairy tale as it appears in the book within the book, and chapters from both Oliver’s and Delilah’s perspectives, all of which are presented in different colours.
The story itself touches on issues of isolation and abandonment but the main focus is the romance and how will these two ever get together. Being co-written by her daughter may explain the style of writing which I’m not sure will appeal to older teenagers. For me it felt very geared towards 12/13 year olds. If you know a preteen or young teen who likes this style of story then this book is worth checking out.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 July 2012
Format: Paperback 368 pages
Categories: Fiction, Young Adult, Relationships, Fairy Tales
ISBN 13: 9781743310922
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By: Cathy Cassidy
Daizy Star series book 3
Daizy Star is still searching for her star quality. This time she thinks she may have finally found it – modeling. She seats out to make herself into a top pre-teen supermodel for the class recycled fashion show. She is hoping to be discovered by a model scout. The problem is her dad’s crazy new scheme is threatening not only her modeling career but also the very foundation of her life. This time he wants the family to move to a Scottish island and farm nettles. Daizy will be away from all her friends. The worst thing is that this time it appears her mother is enthusiastic about this plan. Daizy isn’t the only one with problems this time, something is wrong with one of her best friends and Daizy wants to help fix it.
Daizy is just as quirky as ever and still determined to find her star quality. On of the changes in this book is her mother supporting her father, which gives the story a slightly different dynamic to the previous two. Also her big plan this time around comes from her desire to help someone else, something which adds a nice depth to the friendships, (the others are usually supporting and doing things for Daizy). It doesn’t loose any of its humour or wackiness though and I still really like the unique Daizy Star.
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: 02 June 2011
Format: Paperback 192 pages
Categories: Humour, School, Friendship
ISBN 13: 9780141335971
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