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Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

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Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2012

Material: hard cover

Summary: Delilah is a high school student who keeps her head down and minds her own business. She spends most of her free time in the library re-reading Between the lines, a fairy tale for children. Prince Oliver is more than a storybook hero. One day, when Delilah sees Oliver move on a page, she learns that he is a teen boy struggling with his role as a one-dimensional character.

The two begin talking, and in the course of explaining the differences between their worlds, they fall in love. They are heartbroken that they will never see each other in the same world. Determined to escape, Oliver and Delilah brainstorm and test multiple solutions to pull him from the book. With each new idea comes setbacks, but Oliver and Delilah support each other so that neither gives up hope. Is there any chance the star-crossed lovers will move beyond the pages of a fairy tale? This young adult novel offers a twist on fairy tales and dreams coming true that will appeal to teen girls. This is a High Interest / Low Readability option.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, independent reading, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 11 and Up; read yourself: 11 and Up

Interest Level: 12 and Up

Reading Level: 4.3

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Between the Lines is an adorable idea for a novel. It is perfect for any high school or middle school girl who is always hoping for a happily ever after. I love that the authors are a mother and daughter team. Between the Lines has a cast of secondary characters with their own issues, too. In fact, a reader’s favorite character may not end up being Delilah or Oliver. [Maybe the fairy tale pirate who loves practicing dentistry in his free time.]

The parts of the story that take place in Delilah’s world make the story relevant and realistic; there are pop culture references in the dialogue. The fairy tale characters have just enough of a spin on their stereotypical magical roles that the reader stays engaged, not sure what is going to happen next.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: There is a lot to love in this fairy tale! Girls will see themselves in Delilah's search for happily ever after.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a fun, fun story that will make you smile.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine; Princess Academy by Shannon Hale; September Girls by Bennett Madison THE JULIET CLUB   A TALE OF TWO CASTLES   RAIRARUBIA (The Rairarubia Tales, Book 1)

Educational Themes: Before Delilah and Oliver start planning Oliver's escape, it might be fun to stop reading and see what suggestions your readers have for securing Oliver's escape.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from their local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fairy tale, romance, humor, young adult

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2015

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