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Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli
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Sep 09, 2008

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Recommended to Rose by: my teens
Read in September, 2008

One of the neatest YA physics-fiction books I've read since "A Wind in the Door." I love Will Tuppence (a character I could relate so fiercely to, I wondered if Spinelli had been recording my inner monologues), so much so that even spotting the biggest plot twist a mile away (as you will, too, if you've ever read a book before) couldn't keep me from falling in love. I didn't like the book's message, but only because it is one that's hard and true, and is something I struggle with myself. In the end, however, this is a book particularly meant for people like me who struggle with the truth that it really _is_ the not knowing that counts.

The ending lines rival Pratchett's "Thief of Time" and Hornby's "Slammed" for sheer magic -- what is it about these skater books??

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