The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.





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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101458945
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 352,910
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 339 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Izzy

    THIS BOOK IS SOOOOOOO AWESOME AND INTENSE!!!!!!!!! IT IS SO GOOD!!!! a must reade by far

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    Witty, Articulate Fun

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    :)

    Good book. Would reccomend for kids between the ages of 7-11.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    I loved it!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Wellll

    This book was awesome except the language and adult content. It talked about teen stuff. And lots of dringing. Ages 13 and up

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Amazing!

    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+

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Madison b

    Awesome:) reccomended for ages 11 and up keep writing more robin!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Flora

    This book brought me o a wild eventure!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Awsome

    This book is awsome its my fav book u should totally read if havent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Loved it!

    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! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Allie A.

    I've read this book three times and I laugh harder each time. You'll really like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Amazing

    I have the paper back and i read it again and again

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    I love it

    I LOVE IT!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Love

    Its a must read!!!!!!! Plz robin benaway more books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    I need it.

    Can someone lend this to me. Please?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2011

    This book is really good!

    ILOVE THIS BOOK

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Awesomeness

    This+book+is+so+amazing+and+I+highly+recomend+it+to+anyone+about+11+and+up%2C+but+you+sould+be+very+sofisticated+and+mature+because+of+some+mid+language+and+adult+content.+I+feel+like+there+was+great+character+development+but+only+with+a+few+haracters%2C+not+all.+I+guess+some+people+just+stay+bad%3F+Oveerall+I+really+liked+it%2C+it+is+an+*extraordinary*+novel.+Well+done%2C+Robin+Benway%21

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    a satisfying read if you're looking for fantasy, sister heart-to-heart moments and romance!

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!! each sister had their own point of view and you really had a place for each of them in your heart throughout the entire book. humor is scattered everywhere in this story, and there are surprises with every turn of the page. an awesome read that you'll read repeatedly- you'll never get sick of it! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Can't wait for it to come out!!!

    Audrey, wait! was such a great book.amj sounds interesting,I was born in may and i wish i was invisable and i think may and her tuter are going to fall in love!!!!!!!!!!!LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Robin Benway's new novel could have been just another parents' divorce and siblings try to move on type story, but she takes it over the top into some brand new territory.

    April, May, and June are stair-step sisters. Life has thrown them a curveball. Their parents are divorcing, their father is moving to Texas, and they are relocating to a new place and a new school. That should be enough to test even the hardiest of souls. But wait, there's more...

    The three sisters have suddenly discovered they have "super powers." April can see into the future, May can become invisible, and June can read everyone's mind. If you think you have annoying siblings, give this situation a try.

    April, the oldest, is falling for Julian. Finding a way to connect with a cute boy in a new school is difficult enough, but imagine trying to figure things out when your youngest sister can read your thoughts and your other sister has trouble keeping it together enough to remain visible to the naked eye.

    Middle sister, May, misses her father more than she cares to admit. Plans to visit him in Texas are postponed, causing her to wonder if he cares enough to make time for her. Her frustration with her absent father and her increasingly aggravating sisters causes May's grades to drop, and now she finds herself stuck with a nerdy history tutor whose main goal in life is to attend Stanford University.

    Little June the mind reader wants to be popular for the very first time in her life. She will try just about anything to get in with the right crowd, and having the ability to read minds may definitely work to her advantage.

    Filled with humor and genuine teen emotion, THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY & JUNE is just the thing for summertime beach reading. There's lots of goofy adventure, plenty of witty dialogue, and exciting close calls. Robin Benway truly hits the mark with this one.

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