Peace, Love and Baby Ducks

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Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Realistic portrayal of sisterly love keeps story afloat.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Carly sticks up for Anna when her mother makes comments about her weight, telling her, "Anna's not chubby. They're called breasts."

Violence
Sex

Carly walks in on Anna and Cole in bed together, noting that "his lips are on hers and his hand is under her shirt."

Language

The author uses rough language here and there, like the s-word and slut. Also, lots of talk about Anna's developing body -- and everyone's reaction to it.

Consumerism

Some casual references to Sephora, Urban Outfitters, YouTube, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Carly's 14-year-old sister has a party when their parents go out of town. Kids drink to excess, including Anna.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book does include one teen drinking scene that ends when Carly walks in on her sister in bed with an older boy. There is some swearing, and outspoken Carly also talks about breasts, thongs, etc.

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 10-year-old Written byMFerrent April 3, 2011
I gave this book a 3/5 stars because it was talking to much about drugs and was kind of not appropriate because my daughter read it and she was showing me stuff... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byfreddygirl11 August 18, 2013

Great Sister Story

I have read this book about 50 times and I just love it. The only problem is Anna disappears halfway through the book. I said it has issues with sex because Ann... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysmartkitty July 6, 2012

better on a kindle

realy good book ,not for kids under 10 though

What's the story?

Carly thrives on being an individual -- and protecting her younger sister. But when pretty Anna joins her at her exclusive private high school, they begin drifting apart. Carly even finds herself feeling jealous about her sister's looks -- including her developing body, which attracts a lot of attention.

Is it any good?

The relationship at the center of this book is well-drawn. Readers will easily relate to Carly, who wants to support and protect her little sister -- but is still jealous of the attention she gets (from their parents, her friends, and later from her crush).

The symbolism can be a bit over-the-top at times (consider the accidental drowning death of the misfit baby duckling the girls adopt, for example). In the end, however, the realistically flawed main characters -- and their struggle to love one another -- will win readers over.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the comments Carly's mother makes about Anna's changing body. Carly stands up for her sister when her mother hints that she is fat, but her mother continues to make comments. Do you think a lot of teens feel body image pressure from their parents?

  • Why is that?

  • How can we work to change that?

Book details

  • Author: Lauren Myracle
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: May 14, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Last updated: July 13, 2017

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