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Rachel Cohn is the bestselling author of You Know Where to Find Me, Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake, Pop Princess, and, with David Levithan, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares as well as the tween novels The Steps and Two Steps Forward. Born in Washington, DC, she graduated from Barnard College in New York and has lived on both coasts. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at RachelCohn.com.

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"The 16-year-old `recovering hellion' (as her stepfather refers to her), who narrates this debut novel, breathes a joie de vivre into this story of her bicoastal family," wrote PW in a starred review. "Her magnetic narrative will keep readers hooked." Ages 14-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Gr 9 Up-Long limbed like her dancer namesake, 16-year-old Cyd Charisse may be defiant, but she still carries her rag doll, Gingerbread (S & S, 2002), all the time. Though the saucy protagonist in Rachel Cohn's debut novel has been kicked out of boarding school and battles her mother about her new boyfriend, Shrimp, she really loves her younger siblings and knows that her stepdad is a good guy. Her beloved doll was a gift from her long-absent dad, a New York ad man with a family of his own. Cyd's new boyfriend is kind, but she can't shake the memories of her private school steady, Justin, who left her alone to deal with an abortion. Cyd's behavior is out of control, and she's sent to visit with her now-widowed dad in New York. During her three-week visit, she finds that her real dad is busy and remote, her older sister is challenging, and her older brother and his gay partner are warm and loving. When her California parents join her for a few days, Cyd comes to terms with old wounds. Narrator Carine Montbertrand convincingly conveys Cyd's mixed emotions and the novel's ironic humor. Listeners get a teen's eye view of some very adult problems adolescents face, and learn some important lessons about the value of family. With dialogue and issues familiar to secondary school students, this recording will be a hip, but thoughtful addition to high school and young adult audio collections.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Funny and irreverent reading with teen appeal that's right on target. Publishers Weekly [Cyd's] magnetic narrative will keep readers hooked. VOYA Newcomer Cohn's Cyd-isms -- "sexy-swish hips" and "New Yorkie York" -- bring to mind the funky vocabulary of Francesca Lia Block's hip heroine, Weetzie Bat....All high school and public libraries should add the irrepressible Cyd to their shelves. Kirkus Reviews Cyd Charisse embodies the child/woman nature of adolescence as she tows her doll, Gingerbread, through life. Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market Cohn's character was inspired by the front of a greeting card given to her by a close friend. "The figure on the card was wearing monster-sized black boots and toting a doll," says Cohn. "She was nothing like other characters I created, but I became a vehicle for who she was instantly." ELLEGIRL Rachel Cohn's first book, Gingerbread, takes the reader on a journey through the mind of Cyd Charisse, a troubled teenager who's trying to find herself. But this is not just Another Teen Novel: It's pretty edgy... Twist Magazine Why You'll Dig it: Likeable Cyd will seem like one of your buds.

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