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The author of the book: H.B. Gilmour
Edition: Scholastic Paperbacks
Date of issue: September 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780439240710
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.93 MB
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I keep reading these books not because they're written super well, or because the characters are amazing (though I get increasingly attached to Alex), or because the plots are unique. I just like them. It's a quick, mindless read about a bunch of teenage rich girls who talk like they're from the past (which they ARE) and eat a lot of pizza and think they're really awesome. It reminds me of myself at that age - I was even into "wicca" or what not in middle school. Had like fifty books on it and collected incense and colored candles. So reading these is kind of fun and a little nostalgic.
I liked this book a little better than the first one, the writing seemed slightly more developed, but the "mystery" wasn't really anything it all. It kind of reminds me of the third Harry Potter book (I am NOT comparing them, I promise, Harry's much better!!!) because it seemed like more of a transitional book rather than a plot furthering book. I felt like this one was more Cam and Alex getting to know each other and growing on their abilities (though there isn't a lot of growing, I must admit) and learning to work together. And Alex getting used to being in Marble Bay with a different family and different friends - that part is actually developed pretty decently. Alex is by far the more developed character, she has more going for her than Cam.
Most people are profoundly irritated by the "teen speak" in the book, but I must point out that these were written in the nineties and by adults, and meant for like 12-14 year olds. That IS how they spoke because they thought it was cool. Tweens speak like that! I know, I was one. And a lot of what they say I recognize from teen dramas from the nineties, too. So let up on it. It's like complaining about the dorky outfits in the Anita Blake books. Yeah, they're ridiculous, but THAT'S HOW THEY DRESSED IN THE NINETIES!!!
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Read information about the authorH. B. Gilmour was a bestselling author of children's books. She grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her mother and the extended family and fondly remembered writing her very first poem for Arbor Day when she was just eight years old. As a teenager, she moved to Florida to live with her father. She attended college there and then moved back to New York City.
Gilmour’s first publishing job was at E.P. Dutton. In 1964 she joined Bantam Books where she worked as copywriter, editor, and copy chief and as an associate director of marketing. She was married to Bruce Gilmour in 1968. She had a child, Jessica, with him in 1970. They were divorced in 1972. Her first novel "The Trade", a trashy paperback about the publishing business, was published in 1969.
She wrote novelizations (including Saturday Night Fever) and children's books (including Muppets books) while working full-time at Bantam and raising a child on her own. She published her second original novel "So Long, Daddy" in 1985. The artwork for the dust jacket of the hardcover release includes a photo of her daughter, Jessica. Her third novel was "Ask Me If I Care", a book about a teenage girl who gets in with the wrong crowd.
In 1992 she joined the book division at Scholastic, leaving in 1995 to pursue writing full-time. She focused her energy on books for "tweens" and children which is what gave her the most joy.
She met John Johann, whom she would later marry, in 1992. They later moved to Cornwallville in upstate New York where she happily tended to the garden she never had in the city until her death. She died on June 21, 2009 of pneumonia due to complications from lung cancer. She is survived by her husband John, daughter Jessica, stepchildren Wendy and John, Jr. and step-grandchildren Reef, Riley, John Jr. and Jasmine.
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