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MARTHA BROOKS's "True Confessions of a Heartless Girl" was chosen a Top Ten ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Best Book of the Year by "School Library Journal," a "Booklist" Editors' Choice, and a "Kirkus Reviews" Editor's Choice. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.

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Gr 8 Up-A lakeside town in Canada sets the scene for this emotional tale (Farrar, 2007) by Martha Brooks about three generations of women whose family secrets revolve around a car accident. Sally, Odella's mother, was the only survivor after a joyriding accident on Mistik Lake when she was a teenager. The woman's pain and sadness over the accident never abated, and she turned to alcohol and, eventually, left her husband and daughters for an Icelandic filmmaker. Great Aunt Gloria knows about the accident and has secrets of her own to share with her 17-year-old niece. Odella is trying to mature into a young woman while plagued by her mother's legacy and the incessant family responsibilities for her younger sisters and father. Odella meets Jimmy and, through his belief in her and their love, finds the strength to deal with her mother's sudden death and with the family secrets. Issues of lesbianism, adultery, and first love roil around this tale of tangled personalities. The narration by Katie MacNichol, from multiple points of view, might be confusing at first. Odella's character is well crafted as she revises her social concepts, loses her virginity, and learns shocking details about her past.-Robin Levin, Fort Washakie School/Community Library, WY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Expands its exceedingly well-told tale of teenage romance with equally absorbing stories of adults."--Starred, "The Horn Book""" "An exceptional writer, Brooks once again immerses readers in a fully realized fictional world and leaves them potentially wiser for the experience."--Starred, "Kirkus Reviews""" "A dreamlike collapse of past and present . . . Readers will connect strongly with the teenager's astonished, powerful feelings of first love."--Starred, "Booklist""" "Brooks's keenly observed novel interweaves the lives of three generations of women overshadowed by secrets . . . Exceptional."--Starred, "Publishers Weekly"
"Readers will be rewarded."--"VOYA"
"Smooth writing contributes much to a story that will enable readers to care about Odella's coming of age."--"School Library Journal"""
.,."the intertwining of small-town lives and destinies and destinies is poetically conceived and thoughtfully rendered."--"Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books" "Expands its exceedingly well-told tale of teenage romance with equally absorbing stories of adults."--Starred, "The Horn Book""" "An exceptional writer, Brooks once again immerses readers in a fully realized fictional world and leaves them potentially wiser for the experience."--Starred, "Kirkus Reviews""" "A dreamlike collapse of past and present . . . Readers will connect strongly with the teenager's astonished, powerful feelings of first love."--Starred, "Booklist""" "Brooks's keenly observed novel interweaves the lives of three generations of women overshadowed by secrets . . . Exceptional."--Starred, "Publishers Weekly"
"Readers will be rewarded."--"VOYA"
"Smooth writing contributes much to a story that will enable readers to care about Odella's coming of age."--"School Library Journal"""
"A gracefully written novel of connections made and connections missed at a place that resonates with life and death." "--The Chicago Sun-Times" ."..the intertwining of small-town lives and destinies is poetically conceived and thoughtfully rendered."--"Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books" "Expands its exceedingly well-told tale of teenage romance with equally absorbing stories of adults."--Starred, "The Horn Book""" "An exceptional writer, Brooks once again immerses readers in a fully realized fictional world and leaves them potentially wiser for the experience."--Starred, "Kirkus Reviews""" "A dreamlike collapse of past and present . . . Readers will connect strongly with the teenager's astonished, powerful feelings of first love."--Starred, "Booklist""" "Brooks's keenly observed novel interweaves the lives of three generations of women overshadowed by secrets . . . Exceptional."--Starred, "Publishers Weekly"

"Readers will be rewarded."--"VOYA""Smooth writing contributes much to a story that will enable readers to care about Odella's coming of age."--"School Library Journal"""

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