Monday, May 7, 2012

A Book to Luv Bunches

Sometimes it's hard to find a book that really nails the intricacies of budding and changing friendship among tweens. Lucky for us, Lauren Myracle's Luv Ya Bunches is that book.

For quite some time, eleven-year-old Camilla has been struggling to break away from the "friendship" of nasty Modessa and her bullying henchgirl, Quin. She'd rather hang out with Katie-Rose, the quirky budding filmmaker, Yasaman, the quiet and observant web designer, and Violet, the brave and secretive new girl. But people like Modessa and Quin tend to drag you back in.

In the first week of fifth grade, it's going to take a lost (stolen?) turtle toy, a home-grown social website, a sleight of hand with Hershey's syrup, and the courage of true friends to finally set Camilla free.

Maybe you heard about this as "that book about the girl with two moms, that Scholastic refused to carry in their school book fairs a few years ago." Well, having read it, I can definitely say that was a whole lot of kerfuffle about nothing. One character just happens to have two moms, that's all.

Girls of all ages will see themselves in at least one and probably more of this floral quartet, and hopefully appreciate the reminder of the difference between "frenemies" and real friends. Don't miss the two sequels for more adventures.

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