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In the book The Madhouse of Love, by Peter G Mackie is a very challenging read, but leaves you in awe. His true, yet dramatic tale of his own experiences in life may leave an impact on the reader. Tony Whitfield was a young teenager at the time of his admittance to the Adolescent Unit of a psychiatric hospital. Being only around the age of 12, he merely was "acting the goat". Tony spent nearly his whole teenage life in and out, not wanting to part with the life he grew to love and accept.

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Lowji, main character in Candace Fleming's book "Lowji Discovers America," is a young Indian boy who moves from the big cities of India to a small town in America. The first thing Lowji wants in America is a pet, whether it be a cat, dog, or goat. Unfortunately for Lowji, his family moves into a "no pets allowed" building, where he is supposed to resign himself to not having a pet for a while, at least.

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Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer is the only book I have ever read in which the theme is wrapped up in a three-word title. It perfectly expresses the feelings of the title character, Maria, a Puerto Rican native who moves from the sunny island to the barrios of New York out of love for her depressed father, despite the fact that such a transition is not best for her. Because of this move, Maria quickly transforms from an allegre (happy) Maria to a triste (sad) Maria, becoming slightly depressed and continuing in this depression without the reader knowing if she ever gets out of it.

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Having broken up with her boyfriend in order to prepare for a hot college social life, Isabel Diaz, "heroine" of "Cubanita" by Gaby Triana is somewhat perturbed when she finds herself caught in a new relationship with a handsome college student who works at the same summer camp. Isabel's new relationship sparks a few culture clashes between her untraditional Cuban upbringing and her desire for a "real" social life.

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You have pretty much the perfect life: a great school, a great boyfriend, and you live in New York, home of the chic, rich, and fabulous. Your best friend goes to a classy private school that's attended by all of the same, and has a great job babysitting the kids of a fashionable psychologist. She makes a ton of money, and so when she offers to help get you a similar job you're delighted. When you actually get it, though, it's a nightmare. Your charge is a nasty little brain, and her older sister, darling of the fashion 'zines chums up to you and then dumps you like a rock.

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If you're a girl who has little or no conception of how to move in the financial world, 'Nice Girls Don't Get Rich' by Dr. Lois Frankel is for you. Dr. Frankel's book is packed with information on how to invest, protect your finances, and maneuver successfully in the financial world. The author, a woman herself, explains to women that being "nice" in the financial world just doesn't work. Financial success depends on stopping yourself from being a pushover.




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