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Bindi Babes by Narinder Dharmi

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Amber, Jazz and Geena have it all. The newest styles, mobile phones, all the coolest music. Their Dad gives them whatever they want, whenever they want it. They are the epitome of cool in Bindi Babes by Narinder Dharmi. The girls are good at everything; they get good grades, they have good friends and things are just about perfect. But hidden under that perfect image is a lot of sadness. The girls’ mother passed away about a year ago and ever since then their dad barely talks with them, they NEVER talk about their Mother and they avoid their grief as much as they can. That all changes when their auntie comes from India to help take care of them. She holds Amber, Jazz and Geena accountable for their behavior, refuses to order take-out food, insists on a curfew and becomes the mother that they are missing. Do the girls resent their Auntie’s behavior? Yes! Read Bindi Babes to see what lengths the girls will go to to get their Aunt back to India!

~posted by Alli

how i live now by Meg Rosoff

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff is narrated by Daisy, an anorexic teenager sent to England to live with cousins for a bit, leaving her father and evil stepmother in New York City, looking forward to the birth of their child. When war breaks out in England, Daisy and her cousins, Osbert, Edmond, Piper and Isaac are left home alone since Aunt Penn went off traveling. Soldiers take over their country home as a military headquarters and the kids (and dogs) are shipped elsewhere. Think about all the war stories you’ve heard about families that are separated during war time. They go hungry, they walk at night to search for each other, they witness atrocities beyond description. That is what this story is about and it is very powerful because it is contemporary and tangible. It could be happening to us, and may happen to us. Daisy’s voice is a teenager’s voice, it is jumpy and run on at times, but she sounds like the teenagers that I talk to at work. Seeing war through her eyes is a powerful thing.

~posted by Alli