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Pascal, Francine.
New York : Pocket Books, 1999.
ISBN 0671039415
Booktalk #1

Imagine not being afraid of anything and being a master in practically every martial art there is. Imagine being able to fight off criminals without being afraid. This might sound like it’s great to you, but for a 17 year old girl name Gaia Moore, it doesn’t help her life that much.  Living in New York with her foster parents she barely knows Gaia lives a lonesome life. Being new at school, not having any friends, and being abandoned by her father after her mother got killed, Gaia’s life is pretty lonesome and miserable. After a few weeks, Gaia meets a guy at school named Ed and becomes friends with him. Gaia sees a young guy at the park and falls in love with him. His name is Sam Moon, and attends NYU. Sam has a girlfriend already named Heather Gannis that he loves, but Sam starts to look at Gaia and begins to love her. The problem is that Heather hates Gaia and she catches on to what is happening between Sam and Gaia. At the same time, Gaia is being spied on by someone. Gaia wonders at times why her dad abandoned her and where he is, and why she couldn’t have a normal life. Will Gaia ever get Sam? Will she ever make any new friends? Will Gaia ever get her life back together and straightened out? Read this action-packed series to find out what happens to Gaia and the people around her. Trust me, you’ll never get bored.  (Alexandra M. , 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School)

Booktalk #2

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have no fear? I mean sure it would be cool… but there’s a price to pay.  My name is Gaia (Guy-uh). I am seventeen years old, and I was born without the “Fear Gene”. Yea, I know… you’re probably thinking “no way! Someone couldn’t possibly be born without fear…” Well… I have. It’s not easy being fearless. I can still feel everything else, like pain. I’m not afraid of it, but I can still feel it.   When I was just a little girl my dad “had” to teach me every important type of martial arts, “for my own protection.”  My dad was also in the CIA, and… still is. I haven’t seen him for five years, and right at this moment I’m living with his old friend, George, and his witch wife, Ella. She’s a whole other story, we won’t get into that.  Right now I live in Manhattan, New York. There are tons of bums, gangs, and every other type of person you can think of. Since I’m “tall blonde and beautiful” as people like to think, every guy in this city has to hit on me. But, of course, I just kick their butts.   At the moment I really have no friends. There was Ed, but he has to be with Heather, the girl I despise the most. There was Mary, but of course I got to close to her and she got killed. My mom was close, but she got killed. My dad was close, he ran away for five years and is still gone. My uncle. . .well, who knows. Sam, well… for a while I thought he hated me.  I was wrong.   If you want to find out more about me and my so called “adventures”, read the Fearless series by Francine Pascal.   (Sam M., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School)

SUBJECTS:     Fear -- Fiction


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