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Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner
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Jun 06, 2012

it was amazing
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Vaclav and Lena are both the children of Russian immigrants, but while Vaclav has two loving parents, Lena has only an inattentive aunt. Vaclav's mother, who loves Lena like a daughter, becomes concerned, and inadvertently leads to Lena's disappearance from Vaclav's life for the next several years. They find each other again in high school, and must reconcile their present selves with their past selves.

What is incredible about this book is the characters' authentic voices: Vaclav's exuberance and enthusiasm for magic and his love for Lena (his "lovely assistant"), Lena's timidity and stubbornness. This is a beautiful, tender, vivid story in "the great land of opportunity...where anyone can become anything."

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