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ISBN13: 9780375838019
ISBN10: 0375838015
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Publisher Comments:

Friendship, faith, family, feminism, and 1960s counterculture all contribute to the heartfelt, thoughtful pages in this latest novel by the acclaimed author of "Agnes Parker . . . Girl in Progress."

Review:

"In O'Dell's (the Agnes Parker series) latest, 16-year-old Catholic schoolgirl Mary Margaret has dumped her 'boring' and chaste friend, Elizabeth, for the dangerously fun Jane. Together, the new friends set out in search of freedom and a 'good ticket'-a life that sidesteps dullness and domesticity. (Jane mockingly considers Mary Margaret's crush, Mitchell, a 'bad ticket': 'I'm Mitch. Let me introduce you to your ironing board and your seventeen children.') All seems hunky-dory when the girls start hanging out at a commune-like 'house full of hippies and drifters,' with plenty of hashish brownies ('They taste, I don't know, like she got the flour confused with fertilizer,' Mary Margaret thinks), make out sessions and booze to go around. But when things get out of hand and Jane winds up pregnant by an older boy who doesn't love her, Mary Margaret begins to see that this brand of freedom may not be all that it's cracked up to be. The story is set in 1967, but the book's characters can seem strangely inauthentic, as though they've been plucked from the modern world and dropped into the Summer of Love; readers may have a hard time stomaching sometimes stilted patches of period dialogue ('Are you going to light up that joint or are we going to contemplate it in stillness?'). Still, Mary Margaret's awkward, budding relationship with Mitchell feels genuine, as do her tender feelings toward her siblings. And the internal conflict between her traditional upbringing and the insistent pull of '60s culture should provide some food for thought. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Kathleen O'Dell and her husband live with their sons in Glendale, California.

Kathleen O'Dell was named a Publisher Weekly Flying Start author for Agnes Parker . . . Girl in Progress, about which VOYA proclaimed, "O'Dell creates some of the liveliest characters in recent young adult fiction."

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PDXRadReader, May 28, 2007 (view all comments by PDXRadReader)
Here's a YA book about growing up in Portland, Oregon during the Summer of Love. For the price of a bus ticket, a teenage girl could transport herself from the conservative, working class suburbs of east Multnomah County and check out a whole new world on the other side of town. This is a fun book for Portlanders -- both those who were there and those who weren't born yet.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375838019
Author:
Odell, Kathleen
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author:
O'Dell, Kathleen
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070410
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.52x6.06x.90 in. .85 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Young Adult » General

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Product details 240 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375838019 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In O'Dell's (the Agnes Parker series) latest, 16-year-old Catholic schoolgirl Mary Margaret has dumped her 'boring' and chaste friend, Elizabeth, for the dangerously fun Jane. Together, the new friends set out in search of freedom and a 'good ticket'-a life that sidesteps dullness and domesticity. (Jane mockingly considers Mary Margaret's crush, Mitchell, a 'bad ticket': 'I'm Mitch. Let me introduce you to your ironing board and your seventeen children.') All seems hunky-dory when the girls start hanging out at a commune-like 'house full of hippies and drifters,' with plenty of hashish brownies ('They taste, I don't know, like she got the flour confused with fertilizer,' Mary Margaret thinks), make out sessions and booze to go around. But when things get out of hand and Jane winds up pregnant by an older boy who doesn't love her, Mary Margaret begins to see that this brand of freedom may not be all that it's cracked up to be. The story is set in 1967, but the book's characters can seem strangely inauthentic, as though they've been plucked from the modern world and dropped into the Summer of Love; readers may have a hard time stomaching sometimes stilted patches of period dialogue ('Are you going to light up that joint or are we going to contemplate it in stillness?'). Still, Mary Margaret's awkward, budding relationship with Mitchell feels genuine, as do her tender feelings toward her siblings. And the internal conflict between her traditional upbringing and the insistent pull of '60s culture should provide some food for thought. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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