The Laura Line by Crystal Allen

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Smartly rigged with history and graced with quick dialogue, the novel sails with Laura's snappy quips. Unfortunately, the story's emotional core sinks, leaving readers unsatisfied and adrift.
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A touching and funny story of one girl’s journey to discover where she came from and the unlimited possibilities of who she can become, from Crystal Allen, the acclaimed author of How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy and The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown.

Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and to be noticed by ultracute baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school teases her for being overweight, and Troy won’t give her a second glance. Until one day, their history teacher announces a field trip to the run-down slave shack on her grandmother’s property. Heck to the power of no way!

Her grandmother insists that it’s more than just an old shack; it’s a monument to the strong women in their family—the Laura Line. But Laura knows better: her classmates will never accept her once they see the shack. So she comes up with the perfect plan to get the trip canceled . . . but when a careless mistake puts the shack—and the Laura Line—in jeopardy, Laura must decide what’s truly important to her. Can Laura figure out how to get what she wants at school while also honoring her family’s past? 

 

About Crystal Allen

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Crystal Allen is the author of How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy, which was named to the Florida Sunshine State Award master list, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The Laura Line is her second novel. She currently lives in Sugar Land, TX, with her husband, Reggie, and two sons, Phillip and Joshua. You can visit her online at crystalallenbooks.com.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Balzer + Bray. 336 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
on Feb 06 2013

Smartly rigged with history and graced with quick dialogue, the novel sails with Laura's snappy quips. Unfortunately, the story's emotional core sinks, leaving readers unsatisfied and adrift.

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