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April 4, 2004

Dear Reviewer:

Enclosed is a book that I would like you to review for SIGNAL Journal. As you review, evaluate both the literary quality and the potential usefulness and appeal, including summarizing material vital to an understanding of your assessment. Your honest judgment provides the quality we wish to maintain in SIGNAL Journal book reviews. Be sure to double check all publication information prior to emailing your review.

We generally do not print completely negative reviews. Our intention is to provide our readers the very best of young adult literature. If for any reason you think this book is either not suitable or not worthy of review, please let us know. Remember we are reviewing for readers ages 12 and up, in grades 6-12.

Email your completed review by September 15, 2004 to Carol Harrell charrell@kennesaw.edu .

PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT when writing your review (please single space, do not indent, do not skip lines, and use Times New Roman 10pt. font):

1) In the left-hand corner, give the following info:

Title of the book
Author's name
Publisher, Year, Number of pages, Price
Topic (e.g., relationships, sports, baseball, social issues, fantasy, civil war, violence, drugs, etc.)
ISBN Number

2) The body of the review goes next:

The body of the review should be approximately 150 words, double-spaced. Use paragraphs (two may suffice) to make the review reader friendly.

3) The review should end with the following information:

Reviewer's Name
School (if applicable), City and State

See sample review below:

The book is yours to keep!



Carroll Harrell
YA Book Review Editor, The SIGNAL JOURNAL

Sample Book Review

Kissing the Rain
By Kevin Brooks
Chicken House-Scholastic, 2004, 320 pp, $16.95
Realistic Fiction/Mystery/Relationships
The rain. That is what Michael "Moo" Nelson calls the constant stream of torment poured on him by classmates and teachers. The only place he finds peace is on the highway overpass watching the traffic stream past-until he witnesses a murder take place on the highway. Caught between a tough detective who pressures him to "lie" for the right reasons and a murderer who pushes him even harder to tell the "truth" for all the wrong ones, Moo learns there are worse things than the rain.
Brooks tells the story in a staccato style that mirrors his protagonist's stumbling, battered life. His use of British slang is a bit daunting at first, but the power of Moo's voice propels the reader along to the violent conclusion. This a strong effort that will engage older adolescents and make them search for his other works. Good read.
J im Cope
Kennesaw State University ; Kennesaw , GA


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