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Criss Cross: Reviewed

Author:Lynne Rae Perkins
Reading Level (Conceptual):Children 12 and up
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 8 and up
Year of publication:2005

Newbury-award winning novel. Each chapters unfolds from within the consciousness of a different young person in a group of young teens. It certainly is -- interesting.

One thing that's weird, though. Is that when you are always INSIDE the brains of the characters, it's hard to always keep track of what's actually happening to whom and/or whose brain you are inhabiting, even if it says so right at the beginning of the chapter. Not to mention that, once the novel is over, you still have no idea what the characters look like.

This is not one of those books that's big on plot, either. So, I guess that means that it's not such a big deal when you realize that you have no idea what's actually going on.

Which isn't to say that we didn't like this book. It certainly is quite creatively written. What it's not is pull-you-in-and-never-let-up exciting.

-- Emily

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