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Children's LiteratureMegan is very excited about her upcoming sleepover. She has all the invitations made, but when a new girl named Alexis joins her class, she feels that she should invite her as well. Alexis is perfect in every way and seems to dislike Megan. Megan wonders if it could be because she (Megan) is deaf. When the girls are assigned a science project together, their personalities really clash. Eventually, though, Megan learns that things are not always what they seem when someone does not appear to like you. While Megan is an interesting character, the overall plot falls a bit flat. Alexis does very little to earn the title of "perfect," so Megan's complaints on that account seem unfounded. The details of Megan's ability to follow conversation are confusing. It is not until page 141 that Megan explains that "I wear a hearing aid and I read lips." While her deafness is not and should not be the main focus of the story, a little clarification would have helped. Still, an enjoyable read. 2006, Simon and Schuster, Ages 8 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck