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Opening Lines: "Don't. Freak. Out.What I Liked About It: Did I say 'liked"? I meant LOVED! This is one of my fave reads of the year, because it's the sort of book I myself would love to write. It's funny, the characters are compelling, and Jess Keating utterly nails the middle grade voice.
It was the day before my twelfth half-birthday, and I was spending it holding the business end of a crocodile."
It starts with Mrs. Chung.
And flowers.Marigolds.My grandmother believed in what she called STs--Simple Truths. This was one of her favorites: Things happen when they're meant to happen, and the sooner people realize that, the more content they'll be. Most people, she said, don't understand, even when those things are right in front of them."
|Michele Weber Hurwitz, courtesy of Rinker Photo|