Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Great Adventure Story for Girls

Runaway Twin by Peg Kehert

Adolescent Adventure

My students absolutely love this book.  I cannot keep it on the shelf.  It's so hard to find a good thriller/adventure book that appeals to adolescent girls so this was a great find!

Thirteen year-old Sunny knows that something is missing from her life-her twin sister.  She can't remember much from her earliest childhood, only fuzzy images of her deceased mother but the images of her twin sister are crystal clear.  Sunny decides to leave her newest foster home and the foster mother who just might be the real thing in order to find her sister. 

If only the trip was that easy.  Along the way she has to face down a stray dog who desperately needs love and care and a tornado.  Sunny finally finds her sister Starr, but it's not the sister she remembers.

This book has a little bit of everything in it-excitement, adventure, drama and angst.  The story was so very sad.  Sunny is  a real heart-breaker and you want things to turn out for her so badly but she just encounters defeat after defeat.  Ultimately, it was a story about learning to love yourself and your situation, which is a great message in this MTV world.  I would not hesitate to ready any other book by this author--this one hooked me that much.  Kehert is a grandmotherly type but so clearly captures what it is like to be young and scared. 

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