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Marthe Jocelyn. How It Happened in Peach Hill
Tundra Books $22.99  ISBN 978-0-88776-773-9  232 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

We knew that the truth came in different varieties and that most people had a favorite. Same thing with untruth. Anyone could decide what to call a lie, so sometimes there’d be a misunderstanding.

Being a teenager isn’t easy when you are constantly on the move…but to top it off, Annie has a ‘clairvoyant’ mother as well. Her mother claims to be a palm reader and, true, it does make them good money. But there is a little secret to her readings, and that secret is her daughter. People will say almost anything in front of someone who they think is ‘slow’; so Annie pretends to be the ‘idiot’ in order to get the information her mother needs for her palm readings. But, what happens when Annie wants to live a normal life? When Annie no longer wants to be her mother’s puppet?

This novel is very intriguing, considering how many people wonder what a palm reader’s tricks are. This could be one of many things that they do. This book’s characters are also very relatable and they have a good sense of reality in them. I love the plot for this book, simply because the unexpected turn in events are well placed and they will appeal to the reader. I like how the author makes the mother someone to love and loathe at the same time. It is very well written.

I would recommend this book for people twelve years old and up. It is a short read, and will entertain you until the very last page.

This reviewer gives How it Happened in Peach Hill five psychic stars.


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