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Happy to the Core!

A new novel by Joan Bauer is always cause for celebration. PEELED arrived in the mail during my holiday vacation from the office. I brought it home last night and dug right in. Meet Hildy Biddle, an unlikely heroine (and is that not true of Ellie and Jenna and AJ and Hope?), a reporter for the school paper. Hildy and her fellow staff members uncover the real story behind the fearmongering headlines of the town newspaper.

I do not want to tell more about plot here. Bauer is at the top of her game here: great but gentle humor (and quite a bit of word play, too), characters dealing with losses of all sorts, and family structures that truly define what it is to be a family. Natalie and Corrie are already arguing about who gets to read this one next. For once, I am playing favorites and giving it to Nat who announced last night at dinner that she wants to start a GSA at her school. She knows the odds are against her; many of her straight friends said they would join except that their parents would not permit. Some of her gay friends are fearful of coming out at school. And here is Nat, rabble rouser (and where does she get that, I wonder?), printing out a petition to take in for signatures. She and Corrie talked long after about which teacher to approach for sponsorship and how to deal with the naysayers. Somehow I think Nat will find a perfect role model in Hildy. And by perfect, I mean perfectly realistic.

PEELED delivers. My only complaint is that I am now DYING for anything with apples in it!




And a quick PS: The UPS guy just dropped some new audio. Among them was THE OPPOSITE OF INVISIBLE by Liz Gallager. Even tnough I have read the book, I cannot wait to listen to the audio as well.
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