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3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows    by Ann Brashares order for
3 Willows
by Ann Brashares
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Delacorte, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Friends since elementary school, Jo, Polly and Ama drift apart during middle school. The story follows the girls' separate lives during their last summer before ninth grade. Even though they're not together, Polly, Jo and Ama begin to learn what friendship really is.

Jo's parents are separating. She and her mother are going to spend the summer at their beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Jo has plans to work with her new friend Bryn busing tables at one the restaurants there. Bryn isn't a real friend the way Jo and Ama were, but she's not babyish like Polly or an academic geek like Ama, and will fit in better at high school.

Ama wins a summer scholarship which she assumes will result in an academic camp where she'll learn the way she does best by scholarly research in air conditioned libraries. Instead she's chosen by Wild Adventure to spend the summer hiking, climbing, and camping with teenagers who are all better prepared for the outdoors than she will ever be.

Polly has no summer plans until she becomes interested in modeling and signs up for modeling camp. She sets out to lose weight and remake herself, hoping that if she becomes a model it might somehow make up for the friends she's lost.

Brashares has found her niche in writing about friendships. The friends she writes about are just the kind of friends every girls wishes for.

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