“You’re going to be something, you and that language you speak on paper.”-Pictures of Hollis Woods
*SPOILER!* I may include some of the book’s plot/content in my reviews for them, so if you haven’t read one or more of these yet and want to read it without spoilers, then you can just skip down. *
17. My Face to the Wind by Jim Murphy – A Dear America (surprise, surprise!) about a young girl who becomes a schoolteacher in Nebraska. Not one of my favorite Dear Americas, but certainly a very sweet one where Sarah tries to prove her worth to the people of Broken Bow. I think what’s really too bad about this book is the little time we actually spend with Sarah as a teacher. It took about half the book for her to reach that point, so by then, we weren’t left with much time for her to develop relationships with her students.
18. * Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine – I just love Levine’s writing so much. I have read or listened to the audio books of her Fairy Dust trilogy multiple times throughout my childhood–too many times to count. I love the way she presents each of her characters and their strengths and weaknesses. Even though it is a children’s fairy book, I found them very enjoyable as a teenager as her characters’ conversations are too witty and sarcastic to pass up.
19. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff – Giff is a little bit of a hit-or-miss author for me. She has written many books and it’s funny how some of them are in my favorites pile and others I hardly remember the plot of. This book, about an orphan girl desperate for a home and a family, is in between. I honestly don’t remember too much about it, except that it was sweet and that she blamed herself for something that she didn’t need to. Still, being in the mind of someone who fully believes they don’t deserve a family and why was fascinating to say the least.
20. * Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand by Gail Carson Levine – I have already stipulated how I feel about this trilogy above, but here I will just add that Levine only further demonstrates her undying talent by showing what it would be like to be stuck in the mind of a bat. How terrible would that be! And yet, she writes this sub-plot with humor and ingenuity in an unforgettable way.
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