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Friends of the Heart / Amici del Cuore

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Publisher Comments:

A friendship transcends distance and time

Ollie is a great whistler, while Lucrezia cant whistle at all. Ollie has traveled the world, but Lucrezia is afraid of the dark and hates goodbyes. Yet, despite their differences, Ollie and Lucrezia have been best friends forever. When Ollie is eight, he moves from Rome to Milan, and Lucrezia feels as though her world has ended. But their friendship blooms, against the backdrop of beloved family and beloved places, until their thirteenth summer together, when a change in plans alters Lucrezias life forever.

Narrated by Lucrezia, this haunting novel exquisitely captures through vivid language and sense of place both the beauty and enduring nature of human relationships. Set in modern-day Italy, this is a book about journeys to places new and old, toward self-discovery, toward adulthood, and toward things bigger than ourselves.

Review:

"Italian teenagers Ollie and Lou (short for Lucrezia) have known each other forever, exchanging 'telepathic messages in the womb' when their mothers were simultaneously pregnant. Despite Ollie's move from Rome to Milan at age 8, the families remain close, with yearly vacations to Lou's grandparents' beach house. Sixteen-year-old Lou narrates this story about the summer she and Ollie were 13, the 'summer that shouldn't have been.' It begins with Nonna insisting Ollie sleep in a separate room for the first time. Lou has sprouted breasts, and admits to new, confused feelings for her former playmate. Further muddling her thoughts is brash, handsome Martin, a Parisian teen visiting his obnoxiously rich grandparents, who've just bought the house next door. Teen girls will readily identify with Lou's roiling emotions-disgust that Martin flirts with another girl, but not her; fear that Ollie will find someone else to spend time with. Fans of Henkes's Olive's Ocean might also like Banks's (Dillon, Dillon) artful examination of a girl's coming-of-age, except for the tone of dread that hangs over the story like a black cloud at the beach. Lou refers to Ollie in the past tense on page one, and even Ollie's mother's surname-Angelini or 'little angel'-portends his doom. Tragedy does strike, but it is so inorganic to prior events (the languid afternoons picking plums and pears from an orchard, sailing to a cove for a picnic lunch) that it unfortunately does not pack much emotional punch. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Set in Italy, this book takes readers on a journey to places new and old, toward self-discovery and adulthood, and explores the enduring nature of human relationships. Separated when one family moves, childhood friends rekindle their friendship five years later.

About the Author

Kate Banks is the author of Dillon Dillon; Walk Softly, Rachel, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and many awardwinning picture books. She lives in the South of France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374324551
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Subject:
Friendship
Author:
Banks, Kate
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Social Situations - Death & Dying
Subject:
People & Places - Europe
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Social Issues/Death
Subject:
Dying
Subject:
General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Frances Foster Books
Publication Date:
20051007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 x 0.63 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 15

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Product details 144 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374324551 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Italian teenagers Ollie and Lou (short for Lucrezia) have known each other forever, exchanging 'telepathic messages in the womb' when their mothers were simultaneously pregnant. Despite Ollie's move from Rome to Milan at age 8, the families remain close, with yearly vacations to Lou's grandparents' beach house. Sixteen-year-old Lou narrates this story about the summer she and Ollie were 13, the 'summer that shouldn't have been.' It begins with Nonna insisting Ollie sleep in a separate room for the first time. Lou has sprouted breasts, and admits to new, confused feelings for her former playmate. Further muddling her thoughts is brash, handsome Martin, a Parisian teen visiting his obnoxiously rich grandparents, who've just bought the house next door. Teen girls will readily identify with Lou's roiling emotions-disgust that Martin flirts with another girl, but not her; fear that Ollie will find someone else to spend time with. Fans of Henkes's Olive's Ocean might also like Banks's (Dillon, Dillon) artful examination of a girl's coming-of-age, except for the tone of dread that hangs over the story like a black cloud at the beach. Lou refers to Ollie in the past tense on page one, and even Ollie's mother's surname-Angelini or 'little angel'-portends his doom. Tragedy does strike, but it is so inorganic to prior events (the languid afternoons picking plums and pears from an orchard, sailing to a cove for a picnic lunch) that it unfortunately does not pack much emotional punch. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Set in Italy, this book takes readers on a journey to places new and old, toward self-discovery and adulthood, and explores the enduring nature of human relationships. Separated when one family moves, childhood friends rekindle their friendship five years later.
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