Search Results: "Rachel Vail"


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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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FLABBERSMASHED ABOUT YOU by Rachel Vail
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"As the future of Katie and Jennifer's friendship remains unknown, this is for readers who are confronting loss or shifts in friendship. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The third Katie Honors entry (Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, 2002; Jibberwillies at Night, 2008) again traverses critical emotional territory, though the visual and textual quality don't match the topic's importance. 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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LUCKY by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

Phoebe, "pretty, popular [and] rich," knows that she is lucky. 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 >

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FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"There are some great lines here, a terrific voice and some thoughtful ideas about love and friendship. (Fiction. YA)"
Sophomore Josie narrates: She has two best friends, two parents who care about her in an absentminded way and Michael, whom she's known since forever, whom she writes songs with and whom she kisses absentmindedly on a regular basis. 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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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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OVER THE MOON by Rachel Vail
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Although young readers might not get all the theatrical posturing and angst, Nash's funny illustrations, with the hand-lettered dialogue appearing in conversation balloons, will elicit plenty of smiles, making Vail's first picture book a giddy success. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Vail (Daring to be Abigail, 1996, etc.) reimagines a nursery rhyme as a Broadway production headed for disaster; running concurrent with the lines of the rhyme is the exasperated exchanges between noted director, Hiram "Hi" Diddle Diddle, and his uncooperative cow. Read full book review >