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Now and Zen by Linda Gerber
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Nov 03, 2008

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Read in November, 2008

Part of the Students Across the Seven Seas (S.A.S.S.) series, each about an American high school girl studying abroad (for a short time, not a whole semester or year). This one is in Japan, and while the story is not great (the heroine does something very stupid related to a boy she likes, and takes a LOOONG time to realize how stupid she is being), I enjoyed the descriptions of Kyoto and Tokyo. The Sound of Munich is fun for those who like Sound of Music/Betsy and the Great World, and I liked Westminster Abby.

Several girls at my school really enjoy this series (which has romantic intrigue but no sex), and I like it because it's one of the few contemporary series that is somewhat analogous to '50s girls stories.

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message 3: by Wendy (new)

Wendy What a genius idea for a series, whether the books are good or bad. I will have to look up The Sound of Munich.

message 2: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Hey, I just read someone else's review to get the spoiler you wouldn't give... didn't we see that exact plot when Brenda Walsh went to Paris and met Clark Kent?

message 1: by Susann (new)

Susann Constance kindly gave me a copy of The Sound of Munich a few years ago (she's well aware of my deep love for a certain Julie Andrews movie), and I can see why the books would be very popular in a middle school library. As Laurie said, maybe not the best stories, but the international settings are lots of fun.

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