the book of dreams; the life story of a teenage girl

Summary:

Morgan Parker is an angry teenager. As she sees it, life is less a journey than a series of really bad things that happen to her. Just as she begins to see some sun through the clouds, Morgan learns her grandmother is dying. Now she must decide which path to take: follow the loud, negative voice inside, or listen to the words of hope she hears from friends.

Educational Themes:

Morgan serves as a great catalyst for discussions about friendship, faith, parent/child relationships, problem solving, self esteem, the joys and fears of being a teen, and others. It would be easy (early on in the book) to read a chapter and then open discussion about choices and actions.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Teens will find value in the book. Had the author shown the reader that everyone DOES have someone to talk to (like Morgan's grandmother), this would likely be a "buy" recommendation.
Parent Reaction

The story has great potential. The author can speak like her target audience, but does not offer them characters with any real depth. You can find every stereotypical scenario (divorce, teen sex, abuse, etc.) in the plot line. Morgan's grandmother is a key player, yet she is barely visible in the story and, ultimately, is the catalyst for a fantasy portion that takes away from the books value.

Pros:

The story speaks to teenage girls. The descriptions of their opinions, moods, and peer activities are dead on. Every student who is going through the trials and tribulations of adolescence will relate to Morgan Parker and her friends. Parents and teachers, who want to better understand the adolescents in their care, will find this book a real gem.

Cons:

The episodic style mitigated the author's efforts to build characters with depth and let us more clearly see how Morgan connected to key players. The author over-used quotations at every chapter.


Title The Book Of Dreams; The Life Story Of A Teenage Girl
About
Author Ashley Boettcher
Publisher Ashley Boettcher © 2005
Illustrators Ashley Boettcher
ISBN 0976812304
Material Paperback
Cost $13.99
Genres Family, Young Adult, Christian, Coming Of Age, Self Worth
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