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The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
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May 22, 2009

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bookshelves: ya, drama, coming-of-age, romance
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This was Maureen Johnson's first book. I'm glad I didn't read it first because it's definitely her weakest effort. The story itself is good and got me a bit emotional (I can't handle people dying! especially husbands/dads for some reason even though this has never happened to me or anyone I know particularly well), but the writing is a weak and she does an awful lot of telling what's happening instead of showing through dialogue, etc. I'm still giving it three stars, though, because it made me cry a bit at the end. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the Scarlett series!!

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