Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood

When Morgan is dumped by her boyfriend on the last day of school, she reacts in typical teen girl fashion- by shaving her head and fighting with her family.  Her parents, upset with her new attitude, decide she needs a change of scenery.  Before she realizes what is happened, Morgan is shipped off to Ireland for a two-week bike tour.  

Morgan isn’t thrilled to be in Ireland, though she does perk up a bit when she meets Colin, the very-easy-on-the-eyes tour guide.  While she tries to come up with ways to hook-up with him she pushes her fellow tour riders away with her oh so pleasant attitude.  However, a bump on the head suddenly transports her to a mythical  dream world of faeries and Irish mythology.

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out is a fantastic and fun read that I can’t wait to share with my students. I am constantly on the lookout for books that fit with our mythology unit and I think this series will be perfect (the sequel is already on my wishlist) for many of my students!  The story is full of romance and humor, and the Irish mythology is awesome.  I love the Irish mythology angle because it’s a set of myths that most kids aren’t familiar with.  I absolutely recommend this book and can not wait to read the second and third book.  (And take a look at the gorgeous cover!)

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3 Responses

  1. I am a middle school teacher librarian who follows your blog, and I am wondering about this series. I have not read any of the three books. They look intriguing, but do you think they are ok for 6th graders?

    Thanks!

    • I read the first book in the series, and my 6th graders love them. I’d say they are as appropriate as Twilight. They skew a little more mature than Percy Jackson, but only in the sense that the main character is a high school girl.

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