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Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story
Ingrid Ricks
Added: 1/20/2012
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Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story
Date Posted: 1/20/2012 | Go To Book Page

I read Hippie Boy in two days and have since shared it with approximately 60 people - 40 of whom are my high school students (I teach at an alternative school for at-risk teens). I was so happy to find a coming-of-age book with a strong female voice and a positive, powerful message and just knew my students would connect with it strongly. I've been able to test my theory with a class set of books over the past two weeks, and my intuition was right times one students are crazy about it. There are so many parts where they stop reading and say, "NO WAY!!" in response to what happens. It has fostered great classroom discussions about parental power, religious suffocation and finding strength from within to face challenges.
One 18-year old student who has never liked reading could not put it down. "This book is bomb," he told me softly after reading it through his math class (that teacher wasn't pleased). It is very accessible, easy to read, in the moment and you feel you are experiencing Ingrid's struggles along with her because she so clearly describes her emotional state throughout the events that occur.  I have also given it to many of my friends (aged mom's review is on here also), and they all love it, too. There is something in Hippie Boy for everyone, it seems. A great story, very well-told.

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