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Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life (Paperback)

Author: Hays, Anna

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Portia's Biggest Fan

on 10/2/2008

Who likes to be right? I sure do! So when you see the title "Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life," you read the back and think you know that it's all about a girl who wants to find her father, finds him in the end, and they all live happily ever after! Well, guess what? You're wrong! Though I thought what you thought, I soon realized it was not that predictable! The twists and turns of events captivated me until suddenly I was living in Southern California, loved hats, and had a cat with three names! The writing of Anna Hays was so rich, so descriptive, I could literally smell the lemon trees! The book seemed to glue itself to my hands, not letting me put it down until the last word was read. The characters were so realistic, I almost called my friend, Indigo! Wonderful writing and never being bored is all part of the package known as "Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life." A story about a girl of many hats. Portia's Biggest Fan!

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Where in the World is Portia's Father?

on 10/2/2008

After reading Anna Hays' book, I came away with compassion and support for Portia. (I'm not a middle schooler or tween, but a mother, and curious to read a new book for this age group.) Growing up with no father myself, made me hopeful with each new clue she discovered, that would help her find her father. As a family therapist, I also know the importance of a father daughter relationship, and how much more difficult it is for a child when the father is alive and unavailable, rather than if he were deceased. I loved her relationship with her mother. I loved Portia's hats and spunkiness. I loved her blooming crush. Overall, I loved the way Anna touched on the most important relationships we have in a moving, fun, creative way. Loved the recipes, too!

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Product Overview

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I look at the clock: 4:23 a.m. In approximately three hours I have to wake up again to go to school, and I haven''t even gone to sleep yet. How can I possibly care about pop quizzes, bad hair days, and beauty makeovers now that I''ve found a major clue to the true identity of my missing father?"

IDENTIFYING DATA

Subject: Portia Avatar -- Girl Psychoanalytic Detective

Background material: Twelve years old. Lives with earth mom, Indigo, and gray-and-white cat (who thinks he''s a dog) named Frederick. To date, Portia does not know the whereabouts of her mysterious father, Patch.

Recent developments: An earthquake shakes up Portia''s sleepy hometown of Palmville, California. A photograph of Patch is uncovered. Portia''s life, as she knows it, is about to change forever.

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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9781416948933
SKU 205103282
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1416948937
Release Date 3/4/2008
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 09
Number of Pages 0211
Publisher Aladdin Paperbacks
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