Teen Review Week: PEELED by Joan Bauer

Posted 23 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

Final Grade 95/A
YA Contemporary
256 pages
Library Copy
Available Now

Something’s rotten in the heart of apple country!
Hildy Biddle dreams of being a journalist. A reporter for her high school newspaper, The Core, she’s just waiting for a chance to prove herself. Not content to just cover school issues, Hildy’s drawn to the town’s big story—the haunted old Ludlow house. On the surface, Banesville, USA, seems like such a happy place, but lately, eerie happenings and ghostly sightings are making Hildy take a deeper look.
Her efforts to find out who is really haunting Banesville isn’t making her popular, and she starts wondering if she’s cut out to be a journalist after all. But she refuses to give up, because, hopefully, the truth will set a few ghosts free.
Peeled is classic Joan Bauer, featuring a strong heroine, and filled with her trademark witty dialogue, and problems and people worth standing up to.

CODY’S PEELING BACK THE LAYERS: When 16-year-old Hildy Biddle, reporter and writer for her high school newspaper, starts hearing rumors about a haunted house on Farnsworth Road, her instincts kick into overdrive to try and sort out the facts from fiction. Leaving behind a trail of confusion, annoyance, and pure anger from a select few, young Hildy learns what it takes to save her happy apple valley village from the cruel jaws of deceit.

In my eyes, this book was great. Great storyline, great characters, great dialogue, and great suspense. When you think you have this book figured out, it will turn around and leave you sitting there, dazed, thinking, “What just happened?”

But it’s not long before you’re back on track and into the groove of the story, this time with a better perspective. Hildy takes you on a wild ride through the tipsy-turvy world of adolescence and high school journalism, an experience that, I assure you, will not be easily forgotten.

CODY‘s life is, in one word, diverse. He wakes up every morning at a fork in the road (love that!) and, although he may not always choose the best path, he strives to make the best out of what he has. A reader and aspiring writer, he spends most of his time with either a book or a pencil in his hand, ready and waiting for whatever life might offer…

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4 Responses to “Teen Review Week: PEELED by Joan Bauer”

  1. I’ve not read this one, although I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Joan Bauer. She is really good at getting the “teen voice.” This was a great review and made me want to read this right away.

  2. Thank-you all so much for the support, your comments made me feel great, and I look forward to sharing more reviews with you guys! -Happy Reading! ~Cody Wethington~