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Caletti, Deb.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004.
ISBN 0689867654

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

How do you mend a broken heart?  How do you get over the guy you thought was so special?  For 16 year old Ruby, it isn't easy getting over bad boy Travis.  But her mother has an idea for a distraction.  She insists that Ruby attend the book club that she runs for senior citizens.  Pretty harmless, right?  Well not quite.  The Casserole Queens, named after the casseroles they take to widowers in hopes of finding love, have a plan.  One of the group turns out to be the real life love of the author of one of the books they are reading.  The Queens decide it is up to them to reunite the long lost loves.  And Rudy and her mother end up in the middle of it all!

Booktalk #2

When sixteen-year-old Ruby falls for wealthy bad boy, Travis, against her better judgment, she finds herself in an unhealthy abusive relationship. Ruby is reluctant to break it off because she truly believes that she loves Travis. Her own father disappears and reappears in her life, and her mother’s indecisiveness seems to have rubbed off on Ruby. Good advice from an unexpected older group of women, “the Casserole Queens,” helps Ruby return to the straight and narrow path.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)

SUBJECTS:     Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Love -- Fiction.
                        Old age -- Fiction.
                        Self-perception -- Fiction.


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