Search Results: "Rachel Vail"


BOOK REVIEW

RACHEL by Amy Ehrlich
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2003

"Maybe Carson's sense of wonder will inspire future environmentalists. (bibliography, epilogue) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Ehrlich's biography of the noted environmentalist covers much ground, from her early years in Pennsylvania, to research at Woods Hole Marine Laboratory, to Maine and her environmental writings. Read full book review >

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UNFRIENDED by Rachel Vail
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"Vail captures the complexity of middle school social challenges, insightfully addressing the issues of friendships and integrity. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Eighth-grader Truly's foray into popularity spirals into a tempest of deceit and betrayal. Read full book review >

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WONDER by Rachel Vail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Seventh grade begins as a disaster: not only has Jessica's best friend Sheila made an alliance with five other girls who arrive dressed alike, but the new group dubs Jessica ``Wonder'' (as in Wonder Bread) in honor of the bold polka dots she's wearing. Read full book review >

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KISS ME AGAIN by Rachel Vail
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"An enjoyable romance that eschews smutty for sweet. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Middle-class girls in early adolescence will love this book—as will their mothers. Read full book review >

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BRILLIANT by Rachel Vail
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2010

"Vail ends this trilogy on a high note, one that should especially resonate with teens whose lives have changed with the economy. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This final book in the Avery sisters trilogy (preceded by Lucky, 2008, and Gorgeous, 2009) centers on introverted Quinn, the oldest and most responsible of the three. Read full book review >

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EVER AFTER by Rachel Vail
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"An unusually immediate portrayal of a thoughtful teen finding her balance among her peers while making peace with her own capabilities. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Molly writes about the summer she's 14 in a handsomely bound journal, a gift from her difficult best friend Vicky. Read full book review >

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DO-OVER by Rachel Vail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"As she did so skillfully in Wonder, Vail enriches an accessible story with sharply observed characters, especially a likable protagonist who confronts the complicated task of growing up with humor, intelligence, and good will. (Fiction. 11-15)"
The author of Wonder (1991) presents another perceptive story about kids in the same junior high. Read full book review >

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IF WE KISS by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Amazing what one kiss can do. (Fiction. YA)"
Kisses take on a whole new dimension in this touching and tangled teen drama. Read full book review >

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NOT THAT I CARE by Rachel Vail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Readers drawn by the previous books, or the series' eye catching, CD-size format, won't exactly like Morgan, but they will end up admiring her. (Fiction. 10-12)"
paper 0-590-37453-2 Prickly, unlovable Morgan narrates the third book in Vail's Friendship Ring trilogy (If You Only Knew,1998, not reviewed), presenting what amounts to an autobiography in flashback as she waits nervously to be called on in class. Read full book review >

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DARING TO BE ABIGAIL by Rachel Vail
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Vail (Ever After, 1994, etc.) makes teen angst absolutely harrowing and layers the scenes of Abigail's unraveling with poignancy and clues to her salvation. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Abby, 11, has a promising first day at Camp Nashaquitsa: Her new bunkmates accept her as Abigail, as she would like to be known, and she expects to prove herself the strong, brave person she believes her recently deceased father wanted her to be. Read full book review >

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WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD by Rachel Vail
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Hilarious and heartfelt. (Fiction. 12-15)"
What if Cyrano were an eighth-grade girl in the 21st century? Read full book review >

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GORGEOUS by Rachel Vail
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2009

"If they haven't already read its predecessor, Lucky (2008), teens will want to after finishing this one. (Fiction. YA)"
With two popular and beautiful sisters, Allison Avery feels like she'll never measure up. Read full book review >