Peace, Love and Baby Ducks

Common Sense Media says

Realistic portrayal of sisterly love keeps story afloat.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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.

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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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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
Number of pages:192
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17
Read aloud:12
Read alone:12

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Teen, 14 years old Written byOGORMAN May 21, 2010
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For mature teens 13+

This was an all around good book except for a small part in the beginning of the book where a boy gets one of the sisters in trouble for looking up a porn website at school. Nothing is described about the website or what is on it. There is also a party where teen drinking is involved and some teens are described to be puking and peeing on the walls. Throughout all of their troubles, the two sisters do grow closer together in the end. Comments? Questions? Concerns? Email me: ogormanscommonsense at yahoo. :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bysoccer_411 July 20, 2009
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12
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12+

I thought it was such a good book! It was really interesting and showed good emotion. Under age 12 might be a little iffy but otherwise it's wonderful!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old July 17, 2009
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12
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AWSOME!!!!!

the book starts off a little slow, but once you get to the 5or 6th chapter, the book get's really good

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