Prairie Whispers

Prairie Whispers by Frances Arrington (0-399-23975-8)
I had been looking forward to this book, watching it get closer and closer as I worked through my bookpile. I liked the premise of a girl on the prairie rescuing a baby from a dying woman the same night that her mother gave birth to a stillborn child. She didn’t intend to lie, but everyone assumed that the other woman’s baby was actually her mother’s. Then the girl had to deal with the consequences when the dead woman’s husband returns.
I found the book slow moving, though I can admit that this was being used to build tension and to evoke the rhythm of life on the prairie. I wasn’t satisfied by the ending either, which I won’t give away here.
Please let me know if you think differently. Perhaps I can be persuaded to your point of view and will start recommending this book to teens, rather than just letting them find it on their own.

Graphic Novels for Teens

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What a great site! News and reviews on graphic novels for teens with categories including superheroes, fantasy, science fiction, humor, realism, action and adventure, and historical fiction. The reviews are wonderfully complete giving the reader a real sense of the graphic novel, which we all know is impossible to judge from their covers.

Diary of a Worm

DIARY OF A WORM by Doreen Cronin (006000150X)
The combination of Cronin’s wry text and Harry Bliss’ illustrations is comic magic. The characters are lovable and refreshingly not always sweet. Kids reading this will see themselves reflected in the worm, spider and the entire worm family. Lots of laughs and fun.

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles (0-7613-1727-9)
I loved Giles’ first book Shattered Glass, so I was looking forward to reading this new one. It was definitely worth the wait!
Sunny’s older sister Jazz was killed in a fire and the family falls apart. Sunny steps in to take care of her parents, finally feeling that she has a real role in her family, since she is no longer in her sister’s shadow. But then she gets a letter from her dead sister. A girl arrives at the house claiming to be Jazz, she looks like Jazz, acts like Jazz and seems to be Jazz in every way. But is she Jazz?
This book is a quick read. The story is immediately gripping and will catch readers up and carry them along. I had great fun trying to unravel the mystery and was left reeling by the twisting ending. I would recommend this to most readers, even reluctant ones, especially girls. The story perfectly captures sibling rivalry and family grief. Definitely one not to miss!