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Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
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Dec 31, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2011

The attention to detail Haines brings to this story is masterful. The tiniest piece of information provided is used elsewhere in the book to create an acceptable reality. I did not have to suspend belief or figure out how something happened; it is all believable.
As I finished Girl in the Arena I was reminded of the "Nanny McPhee" movies where the most absurd things can happen because the story supports the absurdity as how things are, remember the bird that at explosive putty.
Although the story is relatively simply and not awe-inspiring, the craft certainly is. It is full of action with strong female and male characters so although the title suggests otherwise, I think boys would like it. Perhaps they can cover it with a book cover so no one sees the title.
Of the books I've read on the NYRA list for this year, this one is definitely in my top-ten. Remember, it's for the craft, sometimes I think we need to expose students to creating the believable.

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