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Straydog/The Blue Mirror: Two Novels by Kathe Koja Kindle Edition
Rachel is happiest when she's volunteering at the animal shelter, especially after she meets the feral collie she names Grrl; they're both angry and alone. When a teacher encourages her to write about it, Rachel finds another outlet for her pain and frustration. But writing about Grrl is much easier than teaching Grrl to trust her. And when Griffin, the new boy in school, devises a plan to spring Grrl from the shelter and bring her home, Rachel finds that the dog isn't the only one who must learn to trust.
"Compelling and sympathetic…Koja plumbs not only Rachel's dark and darkly funny psyche, but also what it means to be human and to make connections of love and trust." - Publishers Weekly
"Rachel's emotional intensity, conveyed both in her fierce narrative and in long passages from her story, is compelling enough to draw readers along…Fans of tales about teen writers, or stories with animal themes, will pant after this." - Kirkus Reviews
"The strong characters, rich detail, and well-articulated emotions, interspersed with Rachel's startling writing, make a powerful story that will resonate with many teens." - Booklist
THE BLUE MIRROR
Sixteen-year-old Maggy's life consists of trying to be invisible at school, taking care of her alcoholic mother, and spending all the time she can at the Blue Mirror, a downtown café. She can lose herself there for hours with a cappuccino and her sketchbook, in which she creates a paper world she calls "The Blue Mirror." But everything changes when she meets Cole, a charismatic runaway. Maggy is intrigued by Cole's risky life on the streets and by the girls who follow him, childlike Jouly and strange Marianne. And when Cole says that he loves her, Maggy comes alive. As Maggy becomes more entwined with Cole and she looks at him with all her heart, she sees something far more dangerous than she may be capable of handling.
* "Psychologically gripping . . . Teems with characters that possess the same kind of edgy, dangerous magic as Francesca Lia Block's creations, and, like Block, Koja explores the confusion between infatuation and real love-in all its cruelty and its redemptive powers." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A richly embroidered tale of abuse and control highlighted with shiny threads of magic and redemption." - Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of…outsider themes will appreciate the gritty urban scenes and rhythmic language that give the book an almost surreal ambience." - School Library Journal
"Koja writes with great artistry-her words sometimes work as brushes creating paintings; her prose is close to poetry . . . This is a brief and powerful story." - KLIATT
Weighing in at just over one hundred pages, this slim tome nevertheless packs a powerful emotional wallop. While angry, abused Grrl may seem like an obvious metaphor for the angry adolescent experience, author Kathe Koja's short, choppy sentences where both girl and Grrl snarl and snap at the world are well executed and inventive. Take this Straydog home from the pound immediately. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07BCMX2VP
- Publisher : Roadswell Editions (9 March 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1705 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 183 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #825,839 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was published by the same imprint that publishes the trauma novel "Speak", and their plots follow a very similar path (minus the rape). The cliquey suburban high school. The quiet outsider girl no one notices. The distant parents. The cool teacher. The friendly, non-threatening boy. The writing is very similar, so if you liked Speak, you'll probably like this book.
Depictions of the dog's internal monologue are great, the author does a good job of portraying the thought processes of a feral dog. Depictions of shelter operations are largely accurate, though volunteers, particularly underage ones, do not assist with euthanasia anywhere that I am aware of. The ending is realistic. The author's idea of what doggy heaven would look like to a feral dog is actually very touching.