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This has been one of my favorite books since I was about 9, when I wanted something to read on our move to Colorado. The character of Anetka is personable, funny, and someone you can relate to. In this book, the author deals with things like crushes, when you're already dating (or in her case engaged to) someone else, having to take responsibility for things that aren't your fault, being with someone when their best friend dies (that was a hard one!), and learning to be a mom when you're only a teenager. Ms. Campbell Bartoletti did a very, very good job and I would recommend this book to anyone trying to find a good book.
I guess it's inevitable. I'm going to start every book review with where and how I read the book! :) Here goes! I found this book when I was running through the library looking for something to read for school. (My English teacher made us read at least 1/2 hour every day) I saw something that looked interesting, so I picked it up and read The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Some of this book is about a struggle between evolution and Creation theories, but the author was wise in not making it the whole focus of the book. I'm the oldest of 5 with 2 brothers and 2 sisters, but Calpurnia had 6 brothers! I think I would run into the woods screaming my head off and pulling out my hair if that was me. Thankfully, she didn't! :) I appreciated the character of her grandfather, in that he was enjoying himself and didn't care if someone was mad at him for it. That is something I could use. Anyway, I would recommend this book for a great summer read while you're trying to earn your gift certificate!
This is one of the most classic books of all time! The first time I remember reading this (I've read it more times than I can count!), my aunt had given me a beautiful hard cover copy of it with illustrations, gold embossing on the front cover, and a sweet personal note on the inside saying something along the lines of "Happy 6th Birthday, Andrea! You probably won't enjoy this very much now, but I'm sure you will as you get older." And guess what? I did! Anne and Diana have a relationship right up there with Tom and Huck, Arthur and Lancelot, and Betsy and Tacy. In some ways, Anne reminds me of my red-haired little sister with her temper and her sense of humor. Anne's sense of whimsy (isn't it a beautiful word?) makes ME wish I was 6 years old again. If you've read Anne of Green Gables, you might also enjoy the rest of the series. (I think the next book is Anne of the Island, but I'm not positive... ask a librarian! :) ) This is one of those books that's hard to give a review on, just because it's so good! :) Happy reading...
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