Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Day: New Beginnings

Well, January 1st is the start of a whole new year. Most of us start the new year by declaring that this is the year we finally start doing X. We reinvent ourselves in small ways, looking forward to the fresh start that the new calendar brings. Here are some books about people with fresh starts, reinventing themselves.

  What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen Mclean moves around a lot with her father and in each town, she becomes a new person until she decides that she might want to try being herself.

  Alibi Junior High by Greg Logstead Cody's been homeschooled by his father as they travel the globe (Dad's in the CIA). He's had a new identity every week, but now he has to try something new--Cody, the normal junior high student, which is something he is not at all prepared for.

  Amazing Grace by Megan Shull Grace is a tennis star whose face is on every magazine, and she wants out. Starting over with a nose ring and a new name, Grace moves to a small village in Alaska to live a completely "normal" life, far away from tennis.

  How Not to Be Popular Jennifer Ziegler Maggie's parents move her around frequently, and she's sick of leaving friends behind. So, when they arrive in Austin, Maggie (embarrassing real name: Sugar Magnolia) knows it's only temporary. To avoid breaking her heart yet again, she's determined to not make any friends.

  Pink by Lili Wilkinson When Ava starts at a new, posh, private school, she decides to be normal and conventional and wear all pink--the complete opposite of who she's been before. Caught between two identities, she's not sure which one is the real Ava.

  Hush by Jacqueline Woodson Overnight, Toswiah Green becomes Evie Thomas. After witnesses a murder and testifying against the murderers--his fellow police officers--Toswiah's father puts him family in the witness protection program.

  Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities by Chris Barton True stories of people who have completely reinvented themselves for various reasons, ranging from survival to greed to general curiosity.

  The Year We Disappeared: A Father - Daughter Memoir by Cylin Busby and John Busby John Busby was a cop who was shot in the fact, presumably to keep him from testifying against someone with mob connections. Told in alternating prospectives, the John and his daughter Cylin tell of what happened after, when they had to get all new identities and go into deep hiding.

What are your favorite books where characters completely reinvent themselves?

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  1. What a fabulous idea, Jennie! I will definitely look forward to seeing your list each day! :D

  2. This is a great idea and I can't wait to see what you come up with next.


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