Country Girl, City Girl by Lisa Jahn-Clough

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Phoebe Sharp has long red braids. She wears old beat-up sneakers and clothes from Goodwill. She lives with her father and brother on a small farm in Maine, where she reads fairy tales to her goats and snaps pictures with her Instamatic camera. Phoebe doesn’t have a single friend, never mind a boyfriend—that is, not until she meets Melita.

Melita arrives at the Sharps’ farm in a see-through T-shirt and strappy platform sandals that show off her drawn-on “tattoo.” With her caramel-colored skin, stylish clothes, and urban attitude, Melita seems as different from Phoebe as two teenage girls could be. Through the summer, the girls grow to know each other. As their friendship develops, confusing feelings also begin to emerge. Could their friendship be deepening into something more?

 

About Lisa Jahn-Clough

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Lisa Clough has written books novels and picture books, but this is her first foray into the world of early readers. Her work has won awards from Child Magazine, Parent's Choice, Bank Street, Raising Readers, and Entertainment Weekly. She spends her summers in Portland, Maine, and her winters in southern New Jersey where she's an assistant professor at Rowan University. For more about her, visit her website at www.lisajahnclough.com. Ed Briant has published for Flux Llewelyn, Roaring Book, Greenwillow Press, and Atheneum. His first book, Paper Parade, was named a PW Flying Start. He is also the author/illustrator of the weekly comic "Tales from the Slushpile", published online with Publishers Weekly Childrens Bookshelf since 2005. He is currently a professor of illustration at Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, Delaware. In the summer he lives in Portland, Maine, and in the fall he's in southern New Jersey. This is his first collaborative work with his wife, Lisa Clough. Find out more about Ed at www.ebriant.com.
 
Published May 18, 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 201 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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A story with feminist and lesbian overtones follows 13-year-old Phoebe, raised on an isolated Maine farm, in her developing friendship with Melita, the 14-year-old daughter of an unstable actress from New York City.

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The story assumes the sleepy pace of the girls' days: shutterbug Phoebe photographs Melita, Melita shows Phoebe how to apply makeup and they make plans to stage a fashion show in which they'll dress as fairy tale characters and "reidentify them as modern young women."

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