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Looks Aren't Everything
Published in Hardcover by Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd) (1990)
Author: James David Landis
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A triple drama...!
This book is so fun to read! There's a triple drama of Rosie, her mother, and her best friend, all of them dealing with their love lives. Rosie's attempt at getting Harry's attention, convincing her best friend that dating a potato man is not a good idea, and permanently hooking up her mother all mingle in to create a humorous and fun book. I definitely recommend it!

Lying in Bed
Published in Hardcover by Algonquin Books (1995)
Author: James David Landis
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Intricately woven tale of a NY man waiting for his wife
Consider a man, independently wealthy, who has nothing to do all day but wander the streets of New York with a walkman blaring his blessed classical music. He meets a woman by deciphering her handwriting. Suddenly, he is alive. This book is a journey through the mind of a man waiting for his wife to come home from a dinner engagement, and the thoughts with which he amuses himself for the evening. It is a beautiful story

The Band Never Dances
Published in Hardcover by HarperCollins (1989)
Author: James David Landis
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Unique Storyline Keeps the Pages Turning
Judy Valentine always hid from life behind her drums. It was always her dream to be part of a rock band, as well as her older brother's dying wish for her. Three years after her brother's suicide, Judy finds her band, Wedding Night. Opening for Nick Praetorious, the hottest act in the country, brings the band national attention and forces Judy at sixteen years old to deal with success, attention, and being idolized while still developing her own identity.

Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher tells the similar story of a teenage boy named Dillon who also loses his older brother to suicide. Dillon escapes his pain through triathalons, an extreme contrast to Judy's music writing and playing. Crutcher tends to write novels centered around sports because more young people can relate to sports analagies than they can to introspecitve song lyrics. For me, it was nice to read a young adult novel with a storyline that I could relate to rather than merely understand.

"You can give her all your money, till you're totally broke./ You can christen her with diamonds, You can sprinkle her with coke./ But you'll never have her and you'll never know her/ 'cause she's the girl, she's the girl inside the girl."(Pg. 36) Judy "wrote" this song,"The Girl Inside the Girl". Many other full song lyrics are included throughout the book so that one can truly hear the sounds of a Wedding Night concert as well as visualize it. One even begins to understand the rock and roll lifestlye through a teenager's eyes. Once seen from behind closed doors, a rock star's life loses it's luster and glamourous image. Yet, the passion never dies for the music, not for Judy Valentine.

This book was written for "young adults", so it might be a little below an older teen's reading level. However, the storyline is just so unique, I would still recommend it to any music lover.

Required reading for any musician
A magnificient book, although tad childish and naive. The author weaves a beautiful tale of the protagonist Judy, a drummer who recovering fromt eh death ofher brother, is yearning to discover herself through her 'band'. SHe finds this band when she answers mysterious want ad. and meets Strobe, together they assemble this band...Irwin. Maddox and Mark the Music. The descirpitions that the author uses when describing music being made is painfully beautiful. His descriptions of Mark the Music playing the guitar are exceptionally beautiful....leads you to believe the author is a guitarist...The story is very tight and Judy's voyage of discovery, in the company of 'Wedding Night', the band, is told very well. The ending is beautiful...ANyone with music in their hearts will fall in love with this book.

This is one of the most wonderful books from my early adolescence I ever can to me at just the time I needed it and that I will never forget. I felt just like the heroine of the book the whole time... her against the world in a desperate desire to simply make music and find out who she is. Read it...and give it to your teens...

The Sisters Impossible
Published in Hardcover by Random House (Merchandising) (1979)
Author: James David Landis
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This book is really great!
I think this book is really great! I love the "Ugly Feet Are Beautiful" very much because I love Ballet!

sister's imposible
THE SISTERS IMPOSSIBLE a great book for people who like dance. The main character is Lily Leonard, whose sister is a great dancer. Lily's father wants Lily to become a dancer too. Saundra, Lily's older sister, is trying out for a challenge that everybody wants to try out for. Since Saundra is one of the best dancers, she has been chosen to try out for the finals with her worst enemy, Meredith Meredith. Lily and Saundra has a sneaky plan for beating Meredith Meredith out of the competition.
Lily and her father goes shopping to buy her new ballet shoes, clothing, etc. But Lily isn't too sure that she wants to start dancing. But her dad insists by saying, "If parents didn't push their children into things, their children might not do anything." So lily decides to buy her new dancing set of clothes. So this is how Lily started dancing.
What I like about this book is that this story explains the childhood of my sister and me. We always used to not talk to each other, but one day, a day came when my sister had to begin one of my hobbies. Then she had to come along with me, and I felt embarrassed. But one day, my sister and I just became a team against another girl who was my worst enemy. In a part of a story, it says, "My dear little sister who's going to help me win." They became better sisters, and so did we.
My favorite part of the story is when Lily tries to intimidate Meredith Meredith. Lily succeeds by making her think that she could win no matter what, even after she doesn't practice. But how can someone succeed by making him or her think they could win? Lily made her intimidate herself and just ignore her real self. Smart, don't you think?

This is an AWESOME book!
The reading ages for this book are 9-12 years, but I have to say that that is not accurate. I read this a month ago, I am fifteen years old, and I loved it! It's fun to read if you are a dancer, or if you are just looking for a good book. I recommend The Sisters Impossible for anyone who likes to read, if they are eight or if they are eighty.

Daddy's Girl
Published in Hardcover by William Morrow & Company (1984)
Author: James David Landis
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The Taking
Published in Hardcover by Ballantine Books (Trd) (2003)
Author: James David Landis
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