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These summer leisure read choices offer different, absorbing stories for teens. Leslea Newman's Jailbait (0385731981, $15.95) tells of a teen who has no friends, and whose only goal is to get through school without rocking the boat--until she meets Frank, a special, older man who seduces her while convincing her to keep him a secret. People wouldn't understand their special relationship, Frank maintains--and Andi believes him. Amy Kathleen Ryan's young adult novel Shadowfalls (0385731329, $15.95) is set in Wyoming and tells of teen Annie, who always spends happy summers in the wilderness valley with her older brother Cody and her grandfather. One summer a phone call changes her life--and introduces a grief which never seems to end, affecting her relationship not just with her grandfather, but with everyone. Can Wyoming provide her an opportunity to heal? Leah Komaiko's Malibu Carmie (0385731728, $15.95) is recommended for older teens, telling of one Carmie, who wants to become beautiful, lose weight, and stop worrying about her depressed, embarrassing mother. When a visit to Malibu Beach turns her mother into a surfer, revealing a formerly dynamic past, Carmie develops a desire to move to Malibu and form a group where she becomes a surf goddess?with unexpected consequences. Michael Cart edits the third modern journal Rush Hour (0385730322, $9.95): FACE, offering insights into the personalities beneath the masts we wear in public. This isn't just a short story collection: poetry and a graphic story are included to mix genres in stories, essays and art in a bold journal of literary voices tailored for a wide age range of readers. David Levithan's Are We There Yet? (037582846X, $15.95) tells of very different brothers who can't stand each other--until their parents trick them into taking a trip to Italy together. It's there that they not only find a new world and romance, but learn to come to grips with what it means to be siblings--through falling for the same girl. Older teens will relish these novels.
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|Date:||Aug 1, 2005|
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