Mirror Image

Mirror Image

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by K. L. Denman
     
 

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Sable wears only black and has always felt that doom is near. Lacey wears pink and seeks beauty everywhere. A sadistic art teacher pairs Sable and Lacey together for their final project. The girls have to get to know one another and select a suitable poem for the back of each other's decorative mirror. Sable is less than thrilled at having to spend time with Lacey,

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Sable wears only black and has always felt that doom is near. Lacey wears pink and seeks beauty everywhere. A sadistic art teacher pairs Sable and Lacey together for their final project. The girls have to get to know one another and select a suitable poem for the back of each other's decorative mirror. Sable is less than thrilled at having to spend time with Lacey, who she believes to be nothing more than a brainless doll. As the project progresses, and Sable gets past her resentment, she learns some surprising truths about who Lacey really is. All of Sable's images begin to change, including the one she holds of herself.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"A character-driven gem that is contemporary without being trendy or superficial...a sophisticated insightful novel that appeals to youthful idealism...A work of art. Highly recommended."
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"A story with the potential to empower anyone who has doubts about their identity and their place in the world. Highly recommended."
Teensreadtoo.com
"[Will] work well for reluctant readers and also for reading aloud and class discussion activities."
Booklist
"An enjoyable glance at what's beneath stereotypical images of popularity and failure...Fast and funny."
Children's Literature
What lies beneath the surface of an image? Is it possible for two girls from opposite ends of the high school spectrum to connect in a meaningful way? Sable and Lacey have never talked, and their relationship is strained, at best. When the ninth graders get stuck working on an art project together, Sable is forced to spend time with a girl who seems pretty and brainless on the surface. But as the girls get to know each other better, Sable wonders if she has underestimated Lacey. Is Lacey really as simple as she appears to be? Is it possible that Lacey is an image that shifts and changes, depending upon the situation? Are people much more complex than they appear to be on the surface of a mirror? Young adults will enjoy this compelling story, which challenges perceptions and high school cliques. K.L. Denman’s Mirror Image will quickly gain an audience among adolescent readers. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551436654
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
420,070
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
HL520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

I've never talked to Lacey because, clearly, it would be a waste of breath. I don't even know why people like her were born. What is she good for? Proof that evolution can go backward? Sure, she's pretty, but that's about it. Dolls are pretty too, and I got bored with them years ago. Meh. I hardly ever played with them even when I was little. Why would I bother with a brainless doll now?

Sadly these things can be forced on us.

Meet the Author

K.L. Denman was born in Calgary, Alberta, but moved to Delta, British Columbia when she was 11. She continued to live near Vancouver for many years while finishing school, attending college, and eventually getting married and starting a family. She always loved writing and when her teen children and their friends provided inspiration and re-kindled memories of this challenging passage, writing for teens became an irresistible venture. More information about Kim is available on her website at www.kldenman.com.

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Mirror Image 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Thrown together for a special art project, two totally different girls find a way to become friends and learn a little something about life in the process.

Sable and Lacey are from opposite sides of life. Sable wears nothing but black, never seems to smile, and prefers to hang out alone. Lacey always dresses in pink, appears to be way too perky, and hangs with the popular crowd. The two are in Mr. Ripley's art class when he decides to deal with the class attitude problem by partnering students without regard to already developed friendships.

The project is to get to know your partner and match them with a famous quotation to be incorporated into the design of each student's project. Forced into a relationship, the girls soon discover each other's secrets. Their homes and families hold surprising insight into what makes each girl who she is. Through the project they find they each have something to offer the other, and a friendship does indeed blossom.

In MIRROR IMAGE, I was struck by the amount of character development K.L. Denman was able to squeeze into a mere 105 pages. Sable and Lacey were able to speak to me and make me part of their growth experience. MIRROR IMAGE would work well for reluctant readers and also for reading aloud and class discussion activities.