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Robyn Schneider's BETTER THAN YESTERDAY (0385733453, $15.99) provides a fun coming-of-age story, telling of a competitive elite preparatory school where Blake has arrived back after an unexplained two-year absence. Skylar thinks Blake's in trouble and Charley doesn't have time for anyone's problems--but Blake's friends become involved anyway when she takes off for New York City and they decide to follow and help her. Humor and insights lend to a fine and moving story of friendship against all odds. Isobelle Carmody's LITTLE FUR: A FOX CALLED SORROW (0375838562, $14.99) provides a fantasy from Australia about a half elf, half troll girl who heals animals in the heart of a major city. Her discovery that her world is threatened leads to an extraordinary journey to the heart of what she fears with a mysterious fox called Sorrow, who believes their journey is doomed to fail. Jane Broskin Zalben's LEAP (0375838716, $15.99) tells of formerly inseparable friends affected by an accident which leaves one temporarily paralyzed. Daniel and Krista had drifted apart: now Krista might be the link Daniel needs to return to the world of normalcy. LEAP tells of changed friendships, romance, and idealistic visions, and is a moving story of change. All are top picks leisure reading teens will choose.
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Title Annotation:Better Than Yesterday; Little Fur: A Fox Called Sorrow; Leap
Publication:Children's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2007
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