Joan Bauer Thwonk

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Thwonk

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Imagine having a personal cupid--an actual winged  being--pop into your life and offer to make your  dreams come true. The catch is he can help you in  only one way: artistically, academically, or  romantically. That's what happens to aspiring  photographer Allison Jean (A. J.) McCreary. A. J. knows she  should concentrate on getting into a top-notch art  school. But she's spent five torturous months  obsessed with handsome hunk, Peter Terris. Just one  shot from the cupid's bow and  thownk, A. J. will have the undying devotion of handsome  Peter...forever.

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Joan Bauer (www.joanbauer.com) is the author of numerous books for young readers. She received a Newbery Honor Medal for Hope Was Here, and the L.A. Times Book Prize for Rules of the Road. The Christopher Award was given to both Hope was Here and Close to Famous, which also received the Schneider Family Book Award. Joan is the recipient of numerous state awards voted by readers. School Library Journal says, “When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny characters, Bauer is in a class by herself.” Joan Bauer lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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Grade 7-10?This silly, offbeat novel warns all readers: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! A.J. McCreary, photographer extraordinaire, lovelorn, and invisible to school hunk, Peter Terris, is unable to capture a fitting cover shot for the school paper's special Valentine's Day edition. Then, she stumbles upon a stuffed cupid who comes to life and offers her one of three alluring choices: artistic, academic, or romantic assistance. In spite of the cupid's vehement protests against the last and his admitted previous failure in the arena of teen love, A.J. follows her heart. After Peter is smitten, and her date for the King of Hearts dance is secure, she finds that his slathering, abject devotion and unrestrained attention embarrass her, and that he is boring. Like Ellie in Bauer's Squashed (Delacorte, 1992), A.J. is a witty, intelligent protagonist whose fresh perceptions of her peers keep readers chuckling. In the end, a brilliant newspaper cover shot convinces her former-filmmaker father of her talent and makes the novel's ultimate statement about young romance. Thwonk revels in the vagaries, insecurities, and uncomfortable realities of teen love.?Alice Casey Smith, Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, NJ
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