I Am Not Emmanuelle Review

Today Annick Press launches a new series of books for young adults called the Single Voice. These novellas were originally published in France. Each little story talks about issues that teens face today. As of today there is six novellas in a three book flip book format. Another two books are scheduled for the fall.

Today I am proud to be able to take part in the launch of these novellas.

TITLE: I Am Not Emmanuelle
AUTHOR: Carine Tardieu
PUB DATE: 2010
PUBLISHER: Annick Press


Yes, it’s true, I stole a package of chewing gum, but I didn’t do it on purpose. I mean, I didn’t plan it, it was the circumstances that made me do it. Mom had given me a fifty-dollar bill and a list of things to buy at Naturalia: dish soap, tofu, sausage (“Make sure you check the expiration date,” she told me), dates, broccoli. When I passed the candy rack, just before the checkout, I saw this package of fancy chewing gum that I really wanted, $3.50 for a package of eighteen. Natural banana-flavored gum, 100 percent organic, surely Mom, if she had been there, would have bought it for me. So I put it in my shopping bag and got in line to pay.

Thank You to Joanna from Annick Press for providing the photos used in this post and please note that ABOUT THE BOOK was taken from the Annick Press’s Website


Thanks to Joanna for sending me this book to read, review and for allowing me to be a part of the virtual tour of the book. It was truly an honor to be one of the selected six bloggers to be able to do this.

This was a super quick easy read. I was able to read through it rather quickly.

Its a teen issue that I am sure teens are always struggling with that is shoplifting.

Adele is a thirteen year old girl. Her mother has sent her to the store to pick up somethings for dinner. While she is in the check out line she spots a pack of banana flavored gum and puts it in her bag. As she is waiting she daydreams about her dead sister. When its her turn she puts all the items on the counter and mistakenly forgets the gum.

Will she get caught?

I really enjoyed reading this book as well as the other books in the series (stay tuned for upcoming reviews of these) and I loved the concept of the books. Its two books in one and all with an important message in them. I think this would make a great gift for young adults to know they aren’t alone or going through it on their own.

Annick Press has also set up a web page dedicated to the Single Voice books and you can check it the Single Voice website for more info.

I am also very honored to include a trailer for the books which is being released today.

You can check out these other selected bloggers who are reviewing the Single Voice series today:

Book 1:
Just Julie: http://classicvasilly.wordpress.com/

Book 2:
Descent into Paradise: Green Bean Teen Queen
A Place to Live: The Book Muncher

Book 3:
Nothing but Your Skin: Up The Tower Of Books
The Pool Was Empty: Hey Teenager

copyright 2010, Cindy (Cindy’s Love Of Books)
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Dear Diary, I’m Pregnant Review

TITLE: Dear Diary, I’m Pregnant: Ten Real Life Stories
AUTHOR: AnRenee Englander
PUB DATE: April 2010
PUBLISHER: Annick Press
PAGES: 160

You’re a teenager. You’re pregnant. Now what?

poignant and insightful interviews, Anrénee Englander presents the voices of ten
pregnant teens as they discuss their experiences and choices around motherhood,
adoption and abortion. First published to critical acclaim in 1997, this new
edition contains the original interviews as well as d material including a
resources section. Presenting different points of view, DEAR DIARY, I’M PREGNANT
is a non-judgmental source of information for all teens that provides support
and guidance for those who find themselves in this situation.Chosen by The New
York Public Library’s “Books for the Teen Age” list and hailed by The Globe and
Mail for its “…frank, revealing and brave conversations,” this is a must-read
book for young women looking for reassurance that they are not alone.


This is a revised edition and it was first published in 1997.

I think being a teenager is hard but when you throw in a pregnancy its even harder. The book is about ten real life stories. All the stories were very touching and heart breaking. None of these girls planned to get pregnant and we all forced with three decisions, keep the baby, give the baby up for adoption or have an abortion.
The girls all range from 14 to 19 and they were from all walks of life.
I think what bothered me the most was in the some of the stories their families kicked them out leaving the girls to fend for themselves with no money or a place to go. I am sure it must be a shock to the family when that happens but I just can’t see as a parent kicking my child out.
I would recommend this book to any parent with teenage kids to read. I think we need to have an open line of communication with our children and let them know that they can come to us with any problem no matter how small or big it is. I think we need to let our kids know that we will love them no matter what and hey everyone makes mistakes and that we shouldn’t turn our backs on them.
I think what is great about the book is that AnRenee added a resource section in the back with numbers for Hotlines both in Canada and the US as well as info about finding about about adoption, abuse, etc.
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i.d Stuff That Happens To Define Us Review

TITLE: i.d Stuff That Happens To Define Us
AUTHOR: Kate Scowen
ILLUSTRATOR: Peter Mitchell
PAGES: 160
PUBLISHER: Annick Press
PUB DATE: February 2010

Some things can change you forever.

Everyone remembers
that first love. Or the first all-out fight with a parent or sibling; the
feeling of being let down by someone you love; losing something or someone that
matters to you; struggling to fit in. I.D. collects 12 first-person accounts
about life’s pivotal moments and offers each as an incisive graphic narrative.
With raw honesty, and illuminated by Peter Mitchell’s bold, gritty illustration
style, these true stories tackle the universal experiences from childhood and
adolescence that stay with us forever. Each anecdote, and accompanying
reflection, reveals how individual identity can be shaped by common themes of
growing up. By turns thoughtful, painful, funny and fierce, I.D. powerfully
demonstrates that what happens to define us in youth doesn’t have to confine us


Kate Scowen is the other of two other books called: My Crazy Life and My Kind of Sad. I have never read her precious books but I am thinking that I just might look for them.

i.d Stuff That Happens To Define Us is a book that contains 12 first person accounts about things that happen in our lives growing up from childhood to adolescence.

Of all the 12 stories the one that hit home for me were Broken Hearted. We all remember our first loves and Broken Hearted is about that. Its about a boy who is 16 years old and basically has no luck with the girls. His luck changes when he meets a girl from another school at a dance. He meets a girl and falls in love. The are having a good time for two months and they go to the prom together. She leaves her purse in the car and he goes to return it only to discover his girlfriend making out with another guy. Needless to say you know where this goes.

For me it didn’t happen like that or maybe it did and I didn’t know. I have to clarify that, for me I met this guy and he was visiting from another province and staying at his grandparents for the summer. For me it was “love” and I was heart broken when he had to return home at the end of the summer. Thankfully with the technology that is available today I have been able to reconnect with him and we are the best of friends so 20 years later. Who would have thought?

What I loved about the book was the fact that the illustrator, Peter Mitchell added illustrations to accompany the book and they all suited the story perfectly. Kate also included a resource section with Hotline numbers for both Canada and the US, books and websites links for kids who are in need of advise or help.

I want to thank Annick Press for sending me i.d Stuff That Happens to Define Us to read and review.

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