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New Review Tuesday: 3 Willows

411nnncgvdl_ss500_Hello! I hope everyone had very happy holidays and a marvelous start to 2009.

I was so excited to read today's featured book, 3 Willows by Ann Brashares. I was a huge, huge Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fan, so I had high hopes for the first book in Brashares' new follow-up series, which takes place in the same high school that Carmen, Tibby, Lena, and Bridget attended, but focuses on a new circle of friends: freshwomen Polly, Amy, and Jo.

It may take students a few chapters to get into 3 Willows, simply because it's hard not to miss the original foursome. But persistence pays off in this summertime story of romance, finding yourself, and of course, friendship—and by the end readers will be clamoring for the next installment.

3 Willows officially makes it to bookstores next week, and is a good recommendation for middle school girls and up.

I'm curious whether readers of this blog use YA literature in their classroom and like hearing about new titles, or if you'd rather I'd focus on new picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels. If you want to weigh in in the comments, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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