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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
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Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

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Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.

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Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Uplifting Picture Books That Don't Preach


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Review

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Simon & Schuster,(2000)
ISBN-10: 0689832133
ISBN-13: 9780439216487

My rating:



Farmer Brown has a problem.
His cows like to type.
All day long he hears
Click, clack, moo.
Click, clack, moo.
Clickety, clack, moo.
At first, he couldn't believe his ears. Cows that type? Impossible!
--Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewis, p. 1-3.

In this laugh-out-loud book, Farmer Brown has a problem—his cows have learned to type, and the sound is bugging him. And worse, they politely request better working conditions (electric blankets for the cold nights) in exchange for providing milk. When Farmer Brown refuses their request, the cows go on strike, and unite with the other barnyard animals until, through negotiation, they both get what they want--the cows and hens get electric blankets, and they give him the typewriter. Little did Farmer Brown know that the duck would start typing on the typewriter, and come up with his own demands!

This is a hilarious turn-a-situation-on-its-head book, where the animals are vocal about their wishes, and the controlling farmer is frustrated. Cronin's text sounds perfect to the ear—it clips along at a great pace, is interesting and funny, and no words seem out of place. There's a nice movement to the story, with trouble mounting to a climax and resolution. The ending is enjoyable, with readers guessing at what comes next, knowing that there's going to be a similar but new repetition of events.

The use of sound to illustrate the typing by cows and ducks is also enjoyable ("Click, clack, moo" and "Click, clack, quack,") especially as it's not repeated too many times.

Lewin's loose-lined, cartoon-like watercolor paintings fit the humorous tone of the book. They're light, expressive, and free, taking up the entire spread, and contained only by the pages of the book. They illustrate the farmer's frustration and the feelings of the animals well, and add small details that compliment and build on the text (such as the cows locking the barn for a secret meeting, and the duck walking alone down a long stretch of path to deliver the ultimatum.)

You'll want to read this over many times. This is a very funny page-turner. Highly recommended.

If you enjoy this book, the Cronin and Lewin team also have several other funny collaborations, including: Giggle, Giggle, Quack (2002), which is a follow up to Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and Dooby Dooby Moo (2006).) You can visit their websites at: www.doreencronin.com and www.betsylewin.com.


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