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BLOOD ROSES

Author: Francesca Lia Block

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: paperback

Summary: This book had multiple stories in it. There was one about how a man's angel wings were torn off. There was another story about a girl who was dating a guy who ones a tattoo parlor and she wasn't into tattoos but she wants to get one from his shop. She woke up with a new tattoo every morning and until she talks to her boyfriend, they will keep coming. They went away after she talked him. This collection of nine stories are designed to show teens how the ordinary can be extraordinary.

Type of Reading: independent reading, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 5

Age of Child: Reviewed by students at North Junior High School, St. Cloud, MN, as part of the Use Your ABCs program. Also read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN. This was part of our Use Your ABCs classroom literacy project.

Young Reader Reaction: North student: I picked the book because of the title. I liked it because the stories were interesting and I continuously wanted to read more. This is a book for older children because it has bad language and sexual references.
Robbinsdale student: I picked this because it looked like a good book. It is an interesting book and has a good story. I liked it "a little," and I think other people would like it, too. I would skip this book because I don't like reading, but this was OK. I would get this book for some of my friends because I think they would like it.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: This has amazing stories.

Cons: Both students: There is bad language and sexual references.

Borrow or Buy: Skip. Although I liked this book, the language and subject matter can be a deterrent.

If You Liked This Book, Try: UP ALL NIGHT; A Short Story Collection   barthpenn@heaven.org   GEEKTASTIC: STORIES FROM THE NERD HERD

Educational Themes: None offered.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - young adult, short stories

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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