The Newbery Honor author of Hope Was Here, has, in my opinion, done it again. In a present day small town a girl named Hildy Biddle, an up and coming journalist for her school paper, The Core. It's culture and traditions are centered around the many family owned orchards. When commercialism threatens her way of life, The Core is stopped, and families are being threatened to leave all they have ever known behind, Hildy steps in. Using the power of words she stops a company in their tracks, with the help of some friends (and enemies). Hildy learns the importance of sticking with a passion when everyone else has given into fear. A happy and charming book, full of mystery and journalism. I highly recommend it as a light hearted book to read during the coming spring. Bauer manages to maintain a humourous voice even in the face of despair. I enjoyed reading it and struggled to put it down. Even reluctant readers will gobble up this book.
Peeled by Joan Bauer
March 17, 2010