Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer love (hopefully)

Withering Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey)Fourteen-year-old Tallulah is excited to spend her summer at an arts academy. Armed with some vague advice from her older cousin Georgia, she is hoping to find a nice boy toy as well as a niche in the arts. While attending Dother Hall she makes friends with several of the other girls, meets a group of boys from a nearby school and generally makes a fool of herself time and again (if only she can get her overly long legs under control!). 

I am a fan of Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson books, so was excited to see that not only was Rennison writing a new series, but the series is about Georgia’s cousin! As to be expected, there is a lot of quirky humor. There is also a short glossary at the back of the book (similar to the ones found in the Georgia Nicholson series).

The characters are fairly fun and mostly well developed. Of course some are more so than others. I adore the character of Ruby, the ten-year-old girl whose father owns the local pub and inn. She’s funny, smart and a great kid to have around.

The flow of the story isn’t quite as tight as the Georgia Nicholson books, but it does show promise.

Published in the UK last year, it will be on sale later this month. This review is from an advanced copy (ARC).

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