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THE WATERS AND THE WILD

Author: Francesca Lia Block

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Publisher: HarperTeen, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Three misfit friends find each other. Bee thinks she is a changling; Sarah believes in reincarnation; and Haze thinks he is an alien. The book talks about their friendship, the difficult situations they have at school, and eventually their acceptance of how they are different from other people. This is a young adult novel about a teen girl finding her identity.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourelf: 10 and up

Interest Level: 12 and up

Reading Level: 5.1

Age of Child: 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: I picked this book because it looked interesting. After the first chapter I thought it might be a little scary. The girl saw her twin that said "You are me," and she said she wasn't asleep. I've never heard of a doppelganger, so I still think it would be interesting to learn about it. I didn't like the book, because what these kids thought about themselves is weird. I think it was good that they found each other and had friendship.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: This is a story that shows you all people can have friends and they can support each other as they grow up.

Cons: Some of their strange ideas and experiences might scare younger kids and make them have bad dreams.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I would recommend this book if you like fairies, aliens, or reincarnation stories.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SURVIVING SERENDIPITY   HUNGRY; A Novel   IGNATIUS MACFARLAND: FREQUENAUT

Educational Themes: This is a book for recreational reading. I learned about what a changling and doppelganger are.

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, school, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010

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