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Facespace (Orca Currents)


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Gr 6-9-Both hi/lo titles deal with loneliness and isolation in high school and move at a brisk pace, but Vanish is the more successful title. When Danny invents a new persona on the Facebook knockoff site FaceSpace in hopes of increasing his popularity, he has difficulty managing both profiles. With phrases like "hey pal" and "partying is excellent" spoken throughout, the dialogue is unrealistic. Although dishonest online behavior is an important teen issue, it is dealt with in a superficial way here. In Vanish, 14-year-old Simone has just moved to a new school and is having difficulty making friends when, because of a class assignment, she forms a special bond with kindergartener Lily. As they start spending time together, Simone learns more about Lily's suspicious home life and starts to mistrust her divorced, bickering parents. While readers should be able to guess the ending before it arrives, Spafford-Fitz successfully builds the mood as she gradually reveals more about Lily's family.-Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"Young adults everywhere have to contend with the realities of social networking sites like 'FaceSpace' on a daily basis, and this book might be helpful in dealing with the downside of such media. Recommended."-- (01/25/2013)
"[Chamberlain's] book is intention-perfect: it's a great starting point for all sorts of theoretical talking points...The creator of the fake online profile is the new bedtime storyteller for the internet age."-- (03/05/2013)
"Deals with the important issue of irresponsible use of social media...With the larger print, interesting stories, and compelling characters, [Orca Currents] encourage reluctant readers to read."-- (06/01/2013)
"A good novel to spark discussion. Readers will sympathize with Danny while recognizing that his ploy is doomed to failure...An enjoyable read...that will appeal to both boys and girls."-- (05/07/2013)
"This relevant read looks at a young man's journey through relationships with family, friends, and girls...Chamberlain's compelling story will satisfy the reluctant middle-school reader."-- (07/06/2014)

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