Peace, Love & Baby Ducks
"Anna's wearing capris and a white tank top with straps that just barely meet the two-fingers-width requirement. She looks fantastic. I, on the other hand, opted for jeans and a T-shirt to show how little I care." Sisters Carly and Anna share a common bloodline, but at times it seems they share little else. Retro-girl Carly and her little sister Anna are trying to hold on to their childhood connections, but growing up doesn't always make it easy.
JLG Release: Jun 2009
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Junior Library Guild
Though she is only eighteen months older than Anna, Carly feels the full burden of sibling seniority, especially after her baby siste In a book she says is more like her own life growing up than any other she’s written, Lauren Myracle explores the fragile nature of love and trust between sisters who are on very different personal paths.
Though she is only eighteen months older than Anna, Carly feels the full burden of sibling seniority, especially after her baby sister “blossoms” the summer before she starts classes at their upscale Christian academy. The mantle of guardian to her “hot” little sister clashes with Carly’s quest for individuality and tests the bonds of loyalty, especially after Cole, an attractive nonconformist, transfers in from another school.
Will the leather-clad new boy see the magic of Carly’s hippy-chick, retro groove? Or will he give in to the temptation of her designer-draped sister and the crowd she runs with? And how will Carly’s vision of God evolve as her ideals are painfully tested? Roger, Carly’s well-grounded European friend, could help her make some important discernments, but she is so blinded by Cole’s rebellious persona that she can’t see the good guy for the rogue. This is high-school drama at its best.
The powerful depiction of family connections and self-deception make Peace, Love & Baby Ducks a genuinely moving exploration of personal responsibility, perceptions, and forgiveness.
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 3.9; Points: 10;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.5; Points: 18;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Mild Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Summer internships, Sisters, Breasts, Body image, Peer pressure, Being different, Body hair, Clothes, Sixties music, Insensitive parents, Bad hairdos, Teen rebellion, High school, Life in a rich community, Parochial schools, Homogeneity, Boys, Internet pornography, School headmasters, Rescues, Finding the right boyfriend, Religious intolerance, Physical education, Swimsuits, Racism, The high dive, Teachers, Hair extensions, Names, Neighbors, Morning routines, New students, Christmas spirit, Charity, Shopping, Jealousy, Grades, Cutting class, Old television shows, The Beverly Hillbillies, YouTube, Ridiculing others, Cheating on someone, Apologies, Babysitters, Baby ducks, Parties, Underage drinking, Death, Grief, Missing persons, Rules, Victories,