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Product Details

  • Series: Peaches
  • Library Binding: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417769440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417769445
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,350,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–During a summer at the Darlington Peach Orchard in Georgia, Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie discover the true meaning of friendship despite their differences. Murphy, a bright, sarcastic 16-year-old from the wrong side of town, is completing community service at the orchard. Wealthy Leeda lives in her perfect older sister's shadow. She decides to work at her uncle's orchard on a whim and then is too proud to change her mind. Birdie Darlington is trying to keep the farm running despite the fact that her mother has left and her father refuses to face the desperate straits that the business is in. As the summer progresses, the girls bond and realize that you cannot judge someone by her financial or family situation. The characters are realistic and the dialogue is fresh. Readers looking for light reading will not be disappointed.–Angela M. Boccuzzi-Reichert, Merton Williams' Middle School, Hilton, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 8-11. Anderson's debut reads like a first cousin to Ann Brashares' Traveling Pants series. Here, rather than the perfect pair of jeans, it's an intoxicating peach orchard that works its magic on three teens, brought together to pick fruit in the summer before their last year of high school. Shy, awkward Birdie, the homeschooled daughter of the Darlington Orchard's owners; Leeda, Birdie's gorgeous, wealthy, "kind of cold and uptight" cousin; and restless, rebellious Murphy discover in one another a strong, unlikely friendship that helps each girl move past her own limitations and open herself to thrilling possibilities. The Darlington's financial troubles, overtures from a sleazy developer, and several dreamy romantic interests add tension and intrigue to the friendship story. Interspersed vignettes of momentous scenes from the orchard's past add to the setting's mysterious aura, and Anderson's vivid descriptions of the scented rows of trees, buzzing with heat and life, echo the restlessness of her well-drawn teen characters. A charming, breezy choice for strong and reluctant readers alike. Gillian Engberg
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Customer Reviews

The characters are fabulous and the story is just well-written.
Em
I recommend this book to any teenager who is looking for a quick enjoyable read with themes that pertain to almost every young girl.
Lyn
A good book to read over the summer when you have you "lazy days".
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on January 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this book in one of those Buy Three and Get One Free deals in a chain bookstore ~~ the selections were quite limiting that day and I really didn't want to pass up the free book deal. (That is a true sign of a bookholic btw!)I picked it up during a recent bout of sinus infection and wasn't able to put it down till it was finished. Yes, it is sweet and predictable ~~ but it was written so nicely! It really is a sweet book!

This book is about friendship among three young girls. There's Murphy, a very intelligent but bored young girl who rather be busy causing trouble. There's Birdie, a very shy girl who's father owns the peach orchard. She is related to Leeda, a young socialite, who's parents own several hotels in the area and is considered to be spoiled. All three girls have issues with their mothers and with their lives. Thrown together over spring break for various reasons, they developed a bond while protecting the peaches from a late frost. Coming back together over the summer, they really defined their friendships, fell in love and it was the summer of their lives.

This is a sweet book simply because it's written simply. It flows naturally among the characters and it brings back memories of summer camp! The descriptions of working in a peach orchard didn't hurt it any ~~ in fact, after reading this book, I was craving peaches!

It is a wonderful book for anyone to read ~~ and perfect for those young teenagers who likes to read. It's fun and delicious.

1-14-07
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I saw that the author of the Taveling Pants books recommended Peaches, and since I LOVED those books, I had to read this one. It's about three girls who probably wouldn't be friends, but then they spend a summer together. I really liked all of the girls in different ways, even though I think I'm most like Birdie (the shyest one). Anyway, I read this book in one weekend because I couldn't put it down. I was so sad when it was over!Everyone should definitely read this book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lyn on May 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was a very fun book-- there was a lot going on, since there were three main characters and therefore alternating points of view. It was interesting to watch how the girls grew together to become best friends, and it wasn't at all fake: through the entire book, the girls weren't hesitant to make smart remarks to each other. I loved the portrayal of the peach orchard, around which the book was centered; it brought the story together and brought it to life. The descriptions were wonderful and evoked strong imagery. The girls learned to grow together through their differences in personalities and the hardships they were facing as teenage girls. My favorite character was definitely Murphy; she was strong and independent, and had a tendency to speak rather sharply at times. She loved to get herself into mischief. However, she was not perfect: at times she let her guard slip, and her friends were able to see underneath her tough cover.

I recommend this book to any teenager who is looking for a quick enjoyable read with themes that pertain to almost every young girl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Madisen on June 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
...but darn close. Peaches contains all the key ingredients: summer heat, a diverse trio of girls, roller-coaster love lives, and crazy hijinks. But make no mistake--this isn't an imitation of Ann Brashare's novels. Rather than being best friends who are separated, Murphy, Birdie and Leeda start out quite averse to getting to know one another. The setting is also a world away from Maryland; this book's adventures take place on a floundering orchard in Georgia, buzzing with emigrant workers. And finally, the girls' personal struggles are interesting and fresh. All this makes Peaches a worthy choice if you're craving more Traveling Pants goodness. A few have too much dialogue and too little action, which is why this gets only 4 stars, but otherwise, I'd love a sequel to this. Perhaps they can even call it "Pears".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Peaches

By: Jodi L. Anderson

This book is about three very different girls whose paths cross and all end up in the same place becoming the best of friends. This book is a sweet read about one juicy summer for the girls. In the beginning they all lead very different lives and have no interest in each other what so ever and their relationship grows strong and trustworthy.

During their summer at the Georgia Peach Orchard the all tried the perfect peaches and learned to appreciate them. They all have there moments of romance with their perfect guys and do things that they didn't think they would ever do. They decide that nobody should end their friendship and that they would be friends forever.

They all had a true love for the Orchard and the thick aroma of sweet peaches in the summer. At home there lives may be completely different but at there orchard they share one life and one friendship.

Jodi used a very funny, sweet and imaginative way of writing that made the reader very interested and sucked into the book. I really enjoyed reading this realistic fiction book and I would highly recommend this book to all young readers especially girls. I enjoyed it because the story was credible, the characters were very interesting and the plot was very adventurous and sweet. This book kind of was like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants because it is about true friendship and a little romance.
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