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by Holly Black

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The book follows the life of runaway Valerie Russell in New York. Valerie is the child of a single mother and is quite tomboyish. At the start of the novel, Val attends high school, is a lacrosse player, and is best friends with the eccentric lesbian-identified Ruth.

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ISBN: 0689868235
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...player blasted Grace Slick singing "White Rabbit" over and over again. A grown-up, fucked-up Alice suited her. Then she put on Hole and listened to Courtney Love grate out, "I want to be the girl with the most cake… someday you will ache like I ache." She cracked the window and lit a cigarette, careful to blow the smoke out onto the lawn. The row of dolls watched her impassively from the bookshelf, their tea party propriety almost certainly offended. She caught both rats and put them up there with the dolls, to get to know one another. Then she turned back to the bed. Pushing it up against the wall, she dragged the mattress onto the floor. It took up most of the space in the room, but at least her feet would be able to hang comfortably over the edge. And if she covered the boxspring with one of her mother's batik throws, it could almost be a couch. Putting out her cigarette and lying back down, she watched the rats crawl over the laps of the dolls—heedless of velvet riding...

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16 Oct 2011 22:11:34

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
This 2003 novel starts off an amazing series known as "A Modern Faerie Tale." As a teen, I believe this series is a great read for tweens and teens (adults would love it to). It follows a young girl, Kaye as she discovers her self ; in more ways then one. Living in a rather lay back life style, she was then forced to live with her mother and grandmother when her mother moves back to New Jersey. There, she finds herself. Between the lines in the book I could she an amazing lesson.
*This is one of the few books i have read and re-read a few times. I think your children would love the book.
*It has a few parts in the book that are for mature people.
*All in all, One of the best books i have read.
-As you read or write, the world around you truly opens up-

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05 Nov 2010 19:55:21

Interesting this is a good read


06 Oct 2010 22:18:53

I looved this book and the whole series in general!! Has a nice gothic macabre fae feel to it.


11 Sep 2010 15:57:41

I liked it. Not as good as Tithe, but it was still interesting. We got to see a whole new side to the fairy world and the people who deal in it.

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