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Kids will recognize their friendships in this book

The Gator Girls, by Joanna Cole (Morrow Junior Books, $15), includes several charming stories about a couple of charming alligator gals, Allie and Amy. The girls are best of friends, and start their summer vacation by planning their list of must-do activities for their time out of school.

Cole, a prolific children's author, hits a comfortable voice for young readers in this book. She seems to have a sharp ear for kid's dialogue and a sharp memory of what friendship feels like to children.

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