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How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
This is a young adult book that I thought was pretty good. Not awesome, but it kept my interest. It's about Maggie, a teenager whose parents are like nomads, always moving to different places every few months or so. Maggie has gotten very good at learning how to fit in at her new schools, becoming friends with the popular crowds. But in their latest venture, she decides she doesn't want any friends at all, so that it won't be so hard to leave. She does all the weirdest things she can think of so that the popular kids won't be friends with her. Of course, she doesn't realize that being weird will still make you fit in with the weird kids, and she makes friends unintentionally. I don't have much in common with Maggie, but it was still a funny book.

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
BOOK OF THE MONTH AWARD
I didn't think this book was awesome, but I have to give the award to something. This was still really good though. It's a young adult fantasy book about a servant girl named Dashti who serves a rich young lady named Saren. Saren is punished for not marrying a horrible man, and the punishment is being locked in a tower for seven years. Dashti, of course, goes with her. They don't stay in there forever though, and some interesting things happen. It's very well-written.

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace
I went back to this series, which I left off some time ago. The main characters are now twelve years old and they're more interesting than before. They're very sweet books, and I like the stories. This was amusing.

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Date: 2008-09-08 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I thought that Ziegler was laugh out loud funny. Shannon Hale's first two books were great but each successive title has been weaker - perhaps she is writing too fast.
Betsy-Tacy: you should join the Maud Lovelace discussion list. It is quite addictive.

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Date: 2008-09-08 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hestergray.livejournal.com
Ziegler made me giggle a few times. :)

I loved The Goose Girl, but yeah, her other books haven't been as good.

I don't want to know any spoilers for Betsy-Tacy though! :)

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