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The Girl Who Hated Books


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Manjusha Pawagi was a journalist, children's author and lawyer before being appointed a family court judge in 2009. Her children's book The Girl Who Hated Books is an international bestseller, translated into more than a dozen languages and made into an award-winning animated short by the National Film Board of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her husband Simon and children Jack and Anna. Leanne Franson is a children's illustrator from Martensville, Saskatchewan. Visit her website at


K-Gr 2Meena is more than a reluctant reader. She abhors books. Even though her parents are avid bibliophiles and her house is filled with reading material, the girl refuses to open a book. Her only ally is Max, the family cat, who has been book phobic ever since an atlas fell on his tail. Only a household accident that sends volumes flying and characters cascading out of books can change Meenas mind. Pawagis light, ironic touch will amuse children and Meena is a well-drawn character who appeals to the defiant streak in all of them. The watercolor illustrations match the romping mood of the story although their placement on every other page becomes monotonous. There is a definite moral to this inventive tale: children who dont read are missing out on some great adventures.Barbara Buckley, Jericho Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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