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MAKE ME OVER

11 Original Stories About Transforming Ourselves

By Marilyn Singer

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-525-47480-3
Publisher: Dutton

It isn’t often that a book of short stories doesn’t hold a clunker or two. Singer has avoided that pitfall with this superb collection. Every story is a winner. The combined talents of some of the finest YA writers, such as Margaret Peterson Haddix and Joyce Sweeney, spin 11 stories with a common theme: a makeover of some kind wherein the heroes find their own unique selves. From an avant-garde French club student to boys in the hood, and even including a lovesick owl, the entries dip into Native American storytelling as well as common high-school adolescent angst, ending with an affecting story of immigration. They have humor, drama, insight and heart-touching warmth, all delivering the moral for which every teen yearns: Yes, you can change; you can become better. A real joy from start to finish. (Fiction. 12+)