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From The CriticsThe Manny, by Sarah L. Thompson, is told from the perspective of 16-year-old Justin Blackwell, whose sarcasm and wit really make this book stand out from others and lots of fun to read. Justin is hired by a wealthy couple to work as a nanny for their four-year-old son, Aspen, one summer in the Hamptons. During the summer, Justin faces the typical teenage issues of how to ask a girl out, how to deal with the girl's hostile ex-boyfriend, and how to respond to adult injustices. Things don't always go smoothly for Justin, but he survives pretty well. 2005, Dutton Children's Books, 181 pp., Ages young adult.