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Looking for JJ 
11th-Oct-2007 10:23 am
X-Posted from my lj because tlluria pushed gently nudged me to this group... :) Okay, it was more nudging than pushing, but she seems to know I'm easily influenced into more lj-time!

Okay, someone else has to read Looking for JJ (by Anne Cassidy) because I really need to talk about it!

Tag line:"Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back..."

The basic premise is that six years ago Jennifer Jones was convicted of manslaughter- she was 10 years old and had killed another little girl. Now, 17-year-old Alice Tully is fascinated by all the press as all of Britain seems to be searching for the newly-released JJ. But she also has a secret and her new life is about to come undone.

I'm fascinated by this book. I thought it was going to be more along the vein of the Lois Duncan books I read back in high school, but it's definitely more in-depth and less paranormal than those (though I still enjoy them). It left me questioning a lot of things: What is justice? What does the public have a right to know? What should be kept private? Who is the barista serving your morning coffee? Who is to blame when a child commits murder? And can people really change?

According to the jacket, it was the overall winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award, Winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize, Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award and Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. It's apparently taken three years to get from the UK to the US and is published here through Harcourt.
11th-Oct-2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oooh, i'm intrigued! Adding to the very long llist!

I'm reading a good one now, The Princess and the Hound. Fortunately, it is nothing like Tapestry Threads! :)
11th-Oct-2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
The dog on the cover looks exactly like my Emma! Except slightly shorter. My friend brittany and I have been talking about getting it for a while but just haven't gotten to it yet. Glad to know it's good!
13th-Oct-2007 06:49 am (UTC)
Well worth it. I'm about halfway through and really like.
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