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Straydog/The Blue Mirror: Two Novels by Kathe Koja by [Kathe Koja]

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Straydog/The Blue Mirror: Two Novels by Kathe Koja Kindle Edition

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"What do you do when you're too smart for the freaks, but too much of a freak for the smart kids?" This is the question Rachel asks herself daily as she walks down the halls of her high school observing the strange rituals of the "TV Girls," "People from Planet Mensa," and the "Net Jockeys." Rachel couldn't care less that she doesn't fit in. As far as she's concerned, the only things she needs to survive are her volunteer work at the local animal shelter and her writing. Until she meets the feral collie she christens Grrl. To others at the shelter, Grrl seems completely untamable. But Rachel sees her own fury and frustration mirrored in the dog's deep brown eyes, and she is determined to domesticate Grrl. Inspired by the outlaw dog, Rachel's writing takes off, and she is even coaxed into sharing it with "Griffin Lost Boy," another creative loner like herself. But giving her story a happy ending and providing one for Grrl in real life are two totally different things, and no matter how strong Rachel thinks she is, she may not be strong enough to handle the truth about Grrl.

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.

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Gr. 7-10. Smart, angry, and alone, Rachel doesn't fit in with the "TV girls," "net jockeys," or other groups at her high school. She feels best when she's writing and when she's volunteering at the animal shelter, especially after a feral collie appears, who she names Grrl. Rachel loves the dog's fierce wildness, and she begins to find her own voice in a raw, edgy story-within-a-story she writes from Grrl's perspective. A new classmate, Griffin, sees Rachel's rage, solitude, and talent--"her real self"--and the friendship developing between them helps Rachel learn to trust, forgive, and let Grrl go. Koja, the author of several adult novels, writes a searing, beautiful book for young readers. Rachel's epiphany about Grrl may be too neat and self-aware, and a few peripheral characters, particularly Rachel's father, are puzzling, underdeveloped types. But 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. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • 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
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4.0 out of 5 stars the mind of a feral dog
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging read through and through!
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I’m a novelist, performer, director and independent producer. My novels include THE CIPHER, SKIN, BUDDHA BOY, the UNDER THE POPPY trilogy, and CHRISTOPHER WILD. My books cross and combine genres, from historical to contemporary to YA to horror, and have won awards, been multiply translated, and optioned for film and performance. I create performance events, both solo and with a creative ensemble of artists. I'm globally-minded and based in Detroit, USA.