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Mirror Image
By author: K. L. Denman
Selling Points: "Self-image, friendship, art"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Lexile Level: HL520L
Fry Reading Level: 2.3
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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I've never talked to Lacey because, clearly, it would be a waste of breath. I don't even know why people like her were born. What is she good for? Proof that evolution can go backward? Sure, she's pretty, but that's about it. Dolls are pretty too, and I got bored with them years ago. Meh. I hardly ever played with them even when I was little. Why would I bother with a brainless doll now?

Sadly these things can be forced on us.

Sable wears only black and has always felt that doom is near. Lacey wears pink and seeks beauty everywhere. A sadistic art teacher pairs Sable and Lacey together for their final project. The girls have to get to know one another and select a suitable poem for the back of each other's decorative mirror. Sable is less than thrilled at having to spend time with Lacey, who she believes to be nothing more than a brainless doll. As the project progresses, and Sable gets past her resentment, she learns some surprising truths about who Lacey really is. All of Sable's images begin to change, including the one she holds of herself.
Resource Links - April 1, 2007
"A story with the potential to empower anyone who has doubts about their identity and their place in the world. Highly recommended."
Booklist - March 1, 2007
"An enjoyable glance at what's beneath stereotypical images of popularity and failure...Fast and funny." - March 1, 2007
"[Will] work well for reluctant readers and also for reading aloud and class discussion activities."
CM Magazine - February 1, 2007
"A character-driven gem that is contemporary without being trendy or superficial...a sophisticated insightful novel that appeals to youthful idealism...A work of art. Highly recommended."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2007
CCBC Best Books , commended  CA  2008


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