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Where You’ll Find Me

25666024Title: Where You’ll Find Me
Author: Natasha Friend
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 7th Grade and Up
Pages: 272
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Friend, N.

Synopsis: The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself…

Dumped by her best friend, Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade “hanging out with different people.”

Deserted by her mom, who’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt.

Trapped in a house with her dad, a new baby sister, and a stepmother young enough to wear her Delta Delta Delta sweatshirt with pride.

Stuck at a lunch table with Shawna the Eyebrow Plucker and Sarabeth the Irish Stepper because she has no one else to sit with.

But what if all isn’t lost? What if Anna’s mom didn’t exactly mean to leave her? What if Anna’s stepmother is cooler than she thought? What if the misfit lunch table isn’t such a bad fit after all?

With help from some unlikely sources, including a crazy girl-band talent show act, Anna just may find herself on the road to okay.

My review: This one got off to a shaky start, but it got better as it went. I love how it handled mental illness (in this case bipolar two) and how a child would deal with it. It was very realistic approach and especially liked all the times she thought back on how her mom did something odd and if the illness had caused that or not. And of course, there were plenty of feelings of abandonment and she tried to figure out how to deal with this new diagnoses (up from depression) and her mother’s attempted suicide.

Friend also touches on divorce and how awkward she feels in her father’s new family, especially sine she thinks like the new wife is a betrayal to her mother. But the more time she allows Marnie (step-mom) in, the more she starts to like/accept her. The trip to Atlanta was great because it showed Anna that you could be spontaneous without going overboard. Plus, it was a good experience for her to get away/bond with Marnie.

And if that wasn’t enough, she has to deal with being dumped by her best friend as she climbs the social ladder. At first, this is devastating, but she hooks up with a group of “outcasts” and really finds her place. It’s fun watching Anna grow with these new group of friends and really seems to find her stride by the end.

All in all, a great realistic novel that should easily been giving to teens who life the tougher issues w/o a lot of sex talk.

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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Realistic, Teen, Uncategorized


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The Island of Dr. Libris

the island of dr librisTitle: The Island of Dr. Libris
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Series: N/A
Recommended for:
Pages: 242 pages

Synopsis: A twelve-year-old boy, worried that his parents may divorce, discovers that an island in the middle of the lake where he is spending the summer is the testing grounds of the mysterious Dr. Libris, who may have invented a way to make the characters in books come alive.

 What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?


I really wanted to love this book, but it was ok.  I read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and loved that book so I had big hopes.  Premise is good, I like the idea of characters coming to life.  I just couldn’t get into this book.  Two of my sons loved his last book, but neither of them finished this one.  I have tried to put my finger on why, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Adventure, Juv


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