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Make Lemonadeby Virginia Euwe Wolff
Synopses & Reviews
Lionel and Anisa are the best of friends and have seen each other through some pretty tough times--Anisa's dad died and Lionel's dad left, which is like a death for Lionel. They stick together no matter what. So when Lionel suggests a detour through a local construction site on their way home, Anisa doesn't say no.
And that's where Lionel and Anisa make a startling discovery--a baby abandoned in a port-o-potty. Anisa and Lionel spring into action. And in saving Baby Doe, they end up saving so much more.
Danette Vigilante crafts an accessible, heartfelt and much needed story for the middle grade market featuring Latino characters.
A Newbery Medal Winner
"Radiant with hope, this keenly observed and poignant novel is a stellar addition to Young Adult literature, said "Publishers Weekly" in a starred review, praising Wolff's use of "meltingly lyric blank verse to tell of two inner-city teenage girls struggling toward better lives.
Interest Level: Middle/High School
Reading Grade Level: 4th-6th
Lexile Level: Not Available
Theme: Family & Relationships/Growing Up
An Accelerated Reader(r) title
When she answers a babysitting ad, 14-year-old LaVaughn meets Jolly, a 17-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons about making choices in this multiple award-winning and groundbreaking novel.
An award-winning novel about growing up and making choices
Viginia Euwer Wolff's groundbreaking novel, written in free verse, tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college--she just needs the money to get there. When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.
About the Author
Virginia Euwer Wolff lives in Oregon. She has taught both elementary and high school and is an accomplished violinist. Ms. Wolff is also the author of Probably Still Nick Swansen, The Mozart Season, and True Believer.
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