Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Jade Notebook by Laura Resau

Zeeta has the flightiest mother around.  She's a nomad, wandering from country to country and place to place looking for happiness and finding it.  Then looking all over again...

Delacourte Books for Young Readers shared an ebook of this story with me.  This is the third and last book in the Notebook series and I found it the most interesting of the series.  Zeeta has grown older and the story has more substance to it now.  It will be published on Valentine's Day, so you might want to add it to your wish list now.

Zeeta wants to stay permanently where she is now.  They are in a small ocean front town in Mexico, where the leatherneck turtles bury their eggs on the beach.  It's her mysterious father's hometown and she keeps hoping she might find him.

Her boyfriend, Wendell, is visiting and plans to go to college later, when Zeeta can come along, too.  Layla is still an airhead with quotes from Rumi, but she's found her element here, too.  She manages the cabins and has yoga on the beach in the mornings.  They do meals, have sing alongs, and meet all sorts of interesting transient people.  Zeeta is hoping her mother will let other folks do the travelling and she will stay in one place, but who knows?

The author has several twists and turns in this story that were surprising and added a good touch to her storytelling.  It's a good mystery, a lively adventure, and the words flow well.  I enjoyed this story and this series.  If you have a young one who has read the other stories, I know they will want to read this conclusion to the series.  It's too good to pass up.

Happy reading.

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