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BOYS!

Author: Helen Orme

Illustrator: Cathy Brett and Anna Torborg

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Publisher: Ransom Publishing Ltd,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Meet the Sisters, a cool group of girls who support each other through anything — even boys! A few of the girls get dreamy over a new guy in town but they find out the heartache and competition aren’t worth it when he hits on yet another girl. This is a chapter book series for reluctant readers (reading at ages 7-8).

Type of Reading: family reading, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 12

Age of Child: A twelve-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The “Brit” language that appears occasionally in this text was hard for my reader to “get” sometimes. She did like the characters’ clothes and the ease with which you could read the text.

Adult Reader Reaction: My first reaction to the illustrations was that some of these girls looked like they were on drugs and I didn’t like that. On my second read, I tried to ignore that and just look at the story. The quick dialogue was a good thing that kept the story moving quickly most of the time but occasionally it was confusing. The teen reader didn’t even comment on the “look."

Pros: This book was a quick read, something girls could pick up and read quickly or stick in their hip pocket to read while waiting for the bus, friends or in line for lunch.

Cons: I have to mention the illustrations again here. They were distracting since the girls (and even the Mom) looked “out of it." I’ve never seen a character with such poor posture as Rachel.

Borrow or Buy: Skip it. I would neither borrow nor buy this book. It seemed superficial to me but maybe that would appeal to young girls. Kids might want to pick it up and its inexpensive enough that they might want to buy more than one if they liked the first title.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Girlwise (Julia Devillers); Teen Girlfriends: Celebrating the Good Times, Getting through the Hard Times (Julia DeVillers) FORTUNE TELLERS CLUB 1: THE LOST GIRL   YOU GO, GIRL … KEEP DREAMING A SPECIAL BOOK ABOUT ALWAYS BELIEVING IN YOURSELF   THE FAIRY CHRONICLES: DRAGONFLY AND THE WEB OF DREAMS

Educational Themes: The only “educational value” I could recognize is that these might fit well into a classroom library where the kids can borrow books or pick up quick reads for their independent reading time. It is written by a Special Needs Coordinator of longstanding in a school and designed for reluctant readers. Because of that it might be a good choice for that group of students. I think there are better “high readability, low skill needs” books.

Literary Categories: Fiction - friendship, easy reader series

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2007

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