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The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June
     

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

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by Robin Benway
 

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I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn't imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.

Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait!

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I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn't imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.

Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents? divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood?powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds?everyone's but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they'll always have each other.

Because there's one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101458945
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
596,470
File size:
347 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Robin Benway grew up in Orange County, California and attended college at both NYU&UCLA. At NYU, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for Best Fiction by an Undergraduate. She has worked at Ballantine, Knopf, Borders, and Book Soup in West Hollywood. Robin currently lives in Santa Monica. To the best of her knowledge, no one has written a song about her. Yet.

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The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS SOOOOOOO AWESOME AND INTENSE!!!!!!!!! IT IS SO GOOD!!!! a must reade by far
SylvereApLeanan More than 1 year ago
Is there anything more disconcerting for a teenaged girl than enduring her parents' divorce only to move out of her childhood home, away from her friends, and have to learn her way around a new house, a new town, and a new school? April, May, and June Stephenson would say "yes." If typical adolescent angst weren't enough, each of these sisters has a new psychic ability she must learn to control while maintaining the appearance of a normal life. Talk about pressure! April is the studious, responsible, and family-oriented oldest sister who can see the future. It's perfect for helping keep her sisters out of trouble. May, the middle sister, is the angst-ridden teen who feels overlooked in her family and life in general. It's no surprise when her gift turns out to be the ability to turn invisible in more than a metaphoric sense. June is determined to be everything her sisters are not - fashionable, popular, and "cool." The power to read the minds of those around her is June's dream come true. Now she will know exactly what people think about her style and adjust as needed to fit in with the kids who rule the school. Robin Benway's The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June is clever and fun, packed with laugh-out-loud funny moments. Each chapter is from the perspective of a different sister and Benway has succeeded in giving each girl a distinct voice. The major drawback of the book is that the characters are too typical. Throughout the book, I kept wanting to slap the vapid, superficial June and tell her to grow up and get over herself. Likewise, May makes the gloomiest emo kid seem bright and shiny as a new iPod full of Justin Bieber tunes, and April is so invested in the role of mother hen I felt like she was going to lay an egg any minute. Despite the occasional flatness of the main characters, I enjoyed The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June enough to forget I was reading a Young Adult novel. The only other criticism I had was the use of adult language. Extraordinary Secrets is billed as suitable for readers age 12 and up but, as a mother, I'm not sure I want my kids reading so much swearing. Maybe I'm old-fashioned to think young teens are exposed to enough cursing at school and on the street; they don't need to be innundated with it in media too. This book seems better suited to readers 15 and up. Robin Benway attempts to set The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June within the ranks of (and poke a bit of fun at) paranormal young adult genre powerhouses by having her characters draw comparisons between themselves and predecessors such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter. While I don't foresee Benway's book rising to the juggernaut status of Joss Whedon's or J. K. Rowling's creations, Extraordinary Secrets is still a worthy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Would reccomend for kids between the ages of 7-11.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome like "Audrey, wait!" Which is also by Robin Benway. I read this book in four days, thats just how amazing it is.
sheila bender More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome except the language and adult content. It talked about teen stuff. And lots of dringing. Ages 13 and up
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
From a brilliant premise to spectacular writing to relatable and witty main characters, there leaves no doubt in my voice when I say that The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June is hands down one of the best books of the year. Each character is crafted in a way that makes them jump right of the page from the start and became a part of you as you see their story unravel in front of you. I really liked the fact that each stood on their own with their unique personalities. Since, I hate nothing more but when characters in a book, especially one that jumps from narrator to narrator like The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June, all sound the same. Though that was far from the case in this book. April is the smart one, whoever feels the need to be her sister's protector, even if it sometimes get in the way of her own life, while May is the sarcastic and witty loner that forever has you awed by her charm to turn something normal into being something slyly funny. And June? Well, she's basically a girl who wants nothing more to fit and be part of the popular crowd, though there's more than meets the surface to this girl who seemed a bit selfish at the beginning. All three constantly had me and giggles and relating my own life to theirs. The premise, as mentioned above, in The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June was brilliant, and the execution was even more so. I loved seeing all three girls come to terms with their powers all while trying to find themselves in the new life they have been given. In turn, it provided a page-turning read that was extremely hard to put down, even for a second. In all, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June is a book that you should definitely check out this upcoming summer, because I have no worries when saying that I'm sure that you'll love and adore it as much as I did. And Robin Benway, if you're reading this, I'm really, really looking forward to reading more by you! Grade: A+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it but whoever wrote the smiley face it shouldnt be for 7-11 it should be for 13-up because of the curse words but I definitly recommend this book my favorite character was May he was layed back that is why I love here.
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Awesome:) reccomended for ages 11 and up keep writing more robin!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brought me o a wild eventure!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome its my fav book u should totally read if havent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was VERY good! I go into the teen section of my library to find funny yet very cool books like this! I started reading it and whenever I put it down, I felt sad not reading it and grabbed it again and again till I was done! I really want to join them as March or July! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book three times and I laugh harder each time. You'll really like this.
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Its a must read!!!!!!! Plz robin benaway more books
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