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08 January 2008 @ 03:43 pm
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.
Current Mood: awed
lizgallagherlizgallagher on January 9th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
Eep! Please let me know what you think of the audio. I'm having one of those hate-to-listen-to-my-own-voice moments about it. Not that it's MY VOICE, but it's my words and something about hearing them is seriously a trip. So glad that you got it! Yay, UPS guy!

And thank you so much, sincerely, for your continued enthusiasm for OPPOSITE!
lizgallagherlizgallagher on January 9th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
Hmm when I re-read that it seemed like I've heard the audio and reacted badly --- not the case! I haven't even seen it. I'll bet it's tiny for an audio book, though! I'm just deliberating over listening to it vs. keeping it in my head . . .
Pamela Rosswriterross on January 9th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
Professor Nana dear: I am so ashamed. I had NO idea Joan Bauer had a new book coming out. Is PEELED out on the shelves already?

Er...Thank you so much for getting to the core of this book. You planted a seed in me. ;}

I Want This Book. {}

professornana: fat catprofessornana on January 9th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
not to worry
The book is in ARC not on the shelves.