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BRIGID LOWRY is a well-known writer in Australia, where her novels Guitar Highway Rose and Follow the Blue were runaway successes with young readers.

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Readers will instantly relate to funny, honest 15-year-old Georgia. "I like to think of myself as a brilliant creative person, but sometimes I just feel like a sad lonely girl with a big bum." Lowry (Guitar Highway Rose) covers familiar teen angst territory, from Georgia's tension with her single mom to a seemingly unrequited crush, but she handles the topics tenderly and realistically. Georgia's infatuated with the lead singer for Natural Affinity, and takes a string of bad jobs so she can fly to one of the band's concerts (one job comes to a sudden end when she angrily hits her manager with a loaf of bread). But when she starts working at a grocery store, she falls for a cute clerk who reads her his poem about toilet paper. Meanwhile tension with her mother ebbs and flows, but gradually comes to a head when Georgia learns a secret about her long dead father. Throughout, she writes lists in her diary, full of funny things such as "10 things you can do with a sausage besides eating it" and small heartbreaks (on the list "Ways in which I am like my mother" she writes: "We both miss the same man"). Ultimately, this is a well-executed story, with a vivid narrator sure to win readers' hearts. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Gr 8 Up-This story is made up of a series of journal entries and lists compiled by 15-year-old Georgia, who makes several unsuccessful attempts to earn the $500 she needs to hear her favorite group, Natural Affinity. She lives in Golden Bay, Australia, so she'll need a lot if she's going to fly to Melbourne for the May Day concert. Meanwhile, she struggles with her weight and appearance, obsesses over a particular guy, and tries to maintain a halfway decent relationship with her single mom. Lowry is also a poet, which is evident in her different styles of writing and colorful prose. Readers will be drawn in by her ability to paint word pictures of the main character's innermost thoughts and feelings. After reading this quirky, fun novel, teens are sure to request Lowry's Guitar Highway Rose (2003) and Follow the Blue (2004, both Holiday House).-Kathryn Childs, Morris Mid/High School, OK Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

" Readers will instantly relate to funny, honest 15-year-old Georgia... .This is a well-executed story, with a vivid narrator sure to win readers' hearts."
- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

" Readers will be drawn in by [Lowry' s] ability to paint word pictures of the main character' s innermost thoughts and feelings. After reading this quirky, fun novel, teens are sure to request Lowry' s "Guitar Highway Rose" and "Follow the Blue,""
- "School Library Journal"

" Lowry has created a wonderful character in Georgia, whose narrative ranges from hilarious to poignant as it relates familiar growing pains... .A compelling, enjoyable read with a complex, irresistible protagonist who will engage many readers."
- "Booklist"
"Readers will instantly relate to funny, honest 15-year-old Georgia .This is a well-executed story, with a vivid narrator sure to win readers' hearts."
-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"Readers will be drawn in by [Lowry's] ability to paint word pictures of the main character's innermost thoughts and feelings. After reading this quirky, fun novel, teens are sure to request Lowry's "Guitar Highway Rose" and "Follow the Blue.""
-"School Library Journal"
"Lowry has created a wonderful character in Georgia, whose narrative ranges from hilarious to poignant as it relates familiar growing pains .A compelling, enjoyable read with a complex, irresistible protagonist who will engage many readers."
-"Booklist""

Readers will instantly relate to funny, honest 15-year-old Georgia .This is a well-executed story, with a vivid narrator sure to win readers' hearts. "Publishers Weekly (starred review)" Readers will be drawn in by [Lowry's] ability to paint word pictures of the main character's innermost thoughts and feelings. After reading this quirky, fun novel, teens are sure to request Lowry's "Guitar Highway Rose" and "Follow the Blue." "School Library Journal" Lowry has created a wonderful character in Georgia, whose narrative ranges from hilarious to poignant as it relates familiar growing pains .A compelling, enjoyable read with a complex, irresistible protagonist who will engage many readers. "Booklist""


"Readers will instantly relate to funny, honest 15-year-old Georgia....This is a well-executed story, with a vivid narrator sure to win readers' hearts." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Readers will be drawn in by [Lowry's] ability to paint word pictures of the main character's innermost thoughts and feelings. After reading this quirky, fun novel, teens are sure to request Lowry's Guitar Highway Rose and Follow the Blue." --School Library Journal"Lowry has created a wonderful character in Georgia, whose narrative ranges from hilarious to poignant as it relates familiar growing pains....A compelling, enjoyable read with a complex, irresistible protagonist who will engage many readers." --Booklist

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