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"Through her journal entries, 12-year-old Holly Janquell reveals her experiences living in foster homes since her mother died of a drug overdose two years ago. Holly has already thwarted the sexual advances of one foster father and now, living with the Evans, things aren't any better. Mr. and Mrs. Evans accuse her of lying, stealing and drug use, then, as punishment, lock Holly in the laundry room for days. It's her teacher, Ms. Leone, who gives Holly the journal ('It'll help you turn the page'). After a terrible scene with Mr. Evans, Holly runs away, eventually making her way to California. Constantly moving from place to place, Holly is caught off guard when Sammie, from the soup kitchen, offers help. Sammie introduces Holly to two women (mother and daughter) who eventually become the family Holly has been longing for. Holly's diary entries, which include poetry, unspool as ongoing conversations with Ms. Leone. Van Draanen's (the Sammy Keyes series) portrayal of Holly's situation is gravely realistic, though some of Holly's entries seem too perfectly written for a poorly educated 12-year-old. Still, readers will be drawn to Holly as she shifts between her search for a safe place to live, her anger at the foster care system and her reflections on the circumstances that led up to her mother's overdose. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Wendelin Van Draanen began keeping a journal after a family tragedy. Writing started as a way to sort through her feelings and frustrations, but grew into something she enjoyed for its own sake, and eventually became a new and rewarding career. Ms. Van Draanen lives in Central California. The author lives in Central California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375835223
Author:
Van Draanen, Wendelin
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author:
Draanen, Wendelin Van
Subject:
Survival
Subject:
Runaways
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Homelessness & Poverty
Subject:
Social Issues - Runaways
Subject:
Social Issues - Abandonment
Subject:
Homeless persons
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Situations / Runaways
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Runaways
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.48x5.70x.91 in. .90 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 256 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375835223 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Through her journal entries, 12-year-old Holly Janquell reveals her experiences living in foster homes since her mother died of a drug overdose two years ago. Holly has already thwarted the sexual advances of one foster father and now, living with the Evans, things aren't any better. Mr. and Mrs. Evans accuse her of lying, stealing and drug use, then, as punishment, lock Holly in the laundry room for days. It's her teacher, Ms. Leone, who gives Holly the journal ('It'll help you turn the page'). After a terrible scene with Mr. Evans, Holly runs away, eventually making her way to California. Constantly moving from place to place, Holly is caught off guard when Sammie, from the soup kitchen, offers help. Sammie introduces Holly to two women (mother and daughter) who eventually become the family Holly has been longing for. Holly's diary entries, which include poetry, unspool as ongoing conversations with Ms. Leone. Van Draanen's (the Sammy Keyes series) portrayal of Holly's situation is gravely realistic, though some of Holly's entries seem too perfectly written for a poorly educated 12-year-old. Still, readers will be drawn to Holly as she shifts between her search for a safe place to live, her anger at the foster care system and her reflections on the circumstances that led up to her mother's overdose. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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