Patricia G. Penny’s Not Just Proms & Parties series of short novels is aimed at reluctant readers and ESL students, but the books are suitable for any teenage girl with a busy schedule. Only 140 pocket-sized pages long, Emily’s Rebellion (Lobster Press, 978-1-897073-73-5) tells the story of the daughter of recently separated parents who defies her mother by getting a tattoo, dates a guy labeled “bad news” by her older brother, and throws a party at the home of her vacationing grandmother, then discovers that some of her jewelry has been stolen. Throughout the story, Emily learns that it is best to tell the truth and deal with the consequences of her actions.
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