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The Secrets of Peaches Hardcover – December 12, 2006

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Grade 9 Up—In this sequel to Peaches (HarperCollins, 2005), Murphy, Birdie, and Leeda say good-bye to a summer on Birdie's family's peach orchard as the girls begin their senior year. Each teen faces a different set of growing pains. Birdie pines for her boyfriend, who's gone back to Mexico for school, and she worries that her family's housekeeper, who grew up in his town, will return home. Murphy, who dreams of moving to New York and has applied to NYU, is unable to tell her boyfriend that she loves him, although it's all he wants from her; what she wants is for him to agree to go to New York with her. Leeda's mother neglects her in favor of her sister; as their relationship grows more and more distant, the teen shuts out the rest of the world, including her friends. The novel is well paced and resolves the interwoven story lines tidily but authentically. This appealing book is as light as Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" series (Little, Brown), but without the glitz and snarky tone. Murphy and Birdie mature just enough to make the story optimistic but not fantastical, and Leeda's lack of growth makes her all the more believable. There are a few unclear references to the previous book, but in general the story stands on its own. A good choice for fans of Ann Brashares's "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" books (Delacorte) and similar series.—Daisy Porter, San Jose Public Library, CA
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About the Author

Jodi Lynn Anderson, the national bestselling author of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches, has lived in Georgia, Costa Rica, and New York, but she currently hangs her hat in Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

  • Series: Peaches
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006073308X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060733087
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The only reason I'm rating The Secret of Peaches three stars is because it is nothing compaired to the first book! Right from the start, the auther tells us that things have changed in the girl's lifes, and that the magic between them is gone. Although I like the fact that these characters do not have the perfect friendship to start (like in real life), with fights, disagreements, etc, it seems that in the second story their friendship is unlikely, and they have grown apart. I also didn't like that auther tried to make The Secrets of Peaches so much more dramatic then (the origanal) Peaches. Truthfuly, the second story is never as good as the first, (in any case). But, I do have to say Jodie Anderson has done avery good job with The Secret of Peaches. Her characters are all well developed.

The story picks up where the first left off, and continues on. Each character has her own part of the story that is totally different from the others, but at the same time each point of view connects.

Birdie: is having a great year with her boyfriend Enrico, until they're relationship takes a turn that Birdie is uncomfortable with. Things get even worse when the house worker Poppie (who is like a mother) starts acting strange. Birdie is overwelmed with anger guilt and sadness. What if things aren't really as they seem?

Leeda: realizes her mother is in fact not perfect. She get's pampered by her mother until older sister Danny comes home from colage with some big news. Leeda's mother forgets her, and Leeda has to figure out how to learn how to do what she wants and follow her own path.

Murphy: has always known she belongs in the city, but when the time comes to move on Murphy is not so sure she's ready. She thinks her boyfriend Rex can come with her, but Rex knows better. Will Murphy follow through with her life plan, or cave in and stay in Bridgwater forever?
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I am a sucker for friendship stories. I'll admit it.

The whole peaches series is probably one of my favorite series. This review is for all three books in the series.

I love all three main characters, I love the setting, I love the side characters, I love their problems, and I love how all of those things just wrap up in a story together.

Birdie is the glue who holds everyone together, and Lena & Murphy are these two chaotic forces with problems neither of them really know how to fix.

I really liked how flawed each character is, and how they each hole themselves up inside themselves, but somehow when they're together they see beneath that.

The settings are amazing, suited to each girl's personality, yet they all come together at the orchard.

The side characters don't seem like minor characters because they each are full of personality.

Romance in this is not a major event, nor is it minor, which I liked because it shows that the girls do care about having a relationships, but their relationship is not the only subject of their life.

Finally I love how each girl grows, and how they each start to gain little tidbits of each others personality, whether that is good or bad.

All in all this series will fill you with such good, and sweet feelings.

I wouldn't say it is a deep read, nor would I say it was light as the girls do have problems.

I would say it is the perfect book series to read for a car ride, because it gives you a really good feeling at the end because not everything goes perfectly, not everything wraps up neatly, yet just enough good things happen that you are satisfied.
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A Kid's Review on March 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Larissa S. review of The Secret of the Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson, March 19, 2008.

The Secret of the Peaches is about three girls, Leeda, Murphy, and Birdie. They all live in Bridgewater, Georgia, a small town where everyone knows about everything. As they finally reach their senior year, they have to face the trouble that college applications, love, and family bring. They each have their separate problems to face as they grow up and apart, but each is able to pursue their dreams. The magic between their friendships is disappearing. The only thing left is their names they engraved on a Mongolian tree in a peach orchard, it some how keeps them together.
Leeda nominated to be Bridgewater's Pecan Queen, basks in the rose-scented glow of her mother's sudden affection, until her sister returns. Leeda's problem is that her mother neglects her which makes Leeda a bit insecure and kind of a push over. As her mother disappoints her one more time, Leeda begins to stand up to anyone who dares get in her way. Leeda has to figure out what she wants and follow her own path.
Murphy has a slight problem. She has a bad girl attitude a wants to leave Bridgewater, Georgia to go to New York City for her college. The only thing holding her back is her boyfriend, Rex, which will not come with her to New York. She wants to be with Rex but wants to go to New York. She will have to choose one or the other.
Birdie is your typical home-schooled farm girl. She has a boyfriend too, Enrico, who lives in Mexico. Birdie thinks that her nanny, Poopie, is retiring. Birdie has known Poopie for a long time and is sad and surprised that she is retiring.
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