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Monday, September 24, 2012

Friends with Boys -- by Faith Erin Hicks

Hicks, Faith Erin.  (2012)  Friends with Boys  New York:  First Second.   

Maggie has been homeschooled her whole life and now is starting high school.  She worries about finding friends and finding her way through the big building.  Fortunately, her oldest brother, a likable member of the theater group, is around, as are her twin brothers (though they are usually too busy fighting with each other to be of some use).  Maggie meets Lucy (a hyper, but likable kid) and her moody punk brother Alistaire and things seem to be going okay.  Maggie’s only other problem is that she is haunted by a ghost.  Very good story with a lot about childhood (and a group of kids who are not into drugs, drinking, or hyper-sexuality).  It is a good book.  Main themes are developing your own identity, defining friendship, and developing courage by standing up to what you fear (ghosts or bullies).

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