Monday, July 28, 2008

Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata

Outside Beauty is a gem of a book. Narrated by 13 year old Shelby, it focuses on her relationship with her mother and 3 sisters, all by different fathers. Shelby's special responsibility is her youngest sister, Maddie. The book is paced much like the place in Arkansas where Shelby spends time with her dad--slow, with occasional mountains, and plateaus. Shelby does a lot of deep thinking and learning, about herself, her sisters, and the men that surround them. The audiobook is very well done, and both of my daughters (age 5 and 13) enjoyed it! Thumbs Up! (I've got to stop doing that!)

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